Based on redemption – Postgame post for July 1, 2013
Most action is based on redemption and revenge, and that’s a formula. Moby Dick was formula. It’s how you get to the conclusion that makes it interesting. – Sylvester Stallone
Parker Berberet was at the plate in a key situation on Sunday afternoon and struck out to end the game. He’s back in the bottom of the seventh inning on Monday as the tying run with two outs and a runner at first. He drills the first pitch of the at bat for a home run. That little piece of redemption was satisfying to see.
It didn’t matter that it’s a new month for Tyrone Taylor. He roped an RBI double in the first inning to drive in Orlando Arcia to put the Rattlers up 1-0.
I saw something in the stats that caught me off guard. Victor Roache stepped up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth. Prior to that at bat, he was 1-for-5 with four strikeouts. He fell behind 0-2 in the count, but got the bat on the ball to put it deep enough to score Alfredo Rodriguez for the go ahead run.
If you were counting, yes, the Rattlers scored three runs in on one hit in their final two at bats.
Eric Semmelhack was solid. It looked like he would get out of the second and third innings without any damage, but he couldn’t get the third out before the damage was done. He went into lockdown mode in his last four innings of work and let the offense get back into the game.
Opponent Note: Oliver Zapata has eight RBI in seven games against the Timber Rattlers this season. He had five RBI in 12 games against the Timber Rattlers last year. Just noting it.
Martin Viramontes was on point on Monday. Six batters up, six batters down. Looked good and was throwing his pitches for strikes. Viramontes had been in a tandem with Wagner for the last few games. But, look for him to get more regular work out of the bullpen now that he is out of that tandem. Not two days in row yet, but look for him a little more often.
Tyler Wagner will get the start for the Rattlers on Tuesday. Be there.
Highlights (Please excuse the quality of call on the Taylor RBI double. I wasn’t having a stroke. I’m just that bad sometimes.):
Much higher quality on this Military Appreciation Video from Matt Erickson and his players: