In our power – Postgame post for July 8, 2013

We have it in our power to begin the world over again. – Thomas Paine

What are they looking at in this picture?

What are they looking at in this picture?

Timber Rattlers 8
Burlington Bees 6
Boxscore | Game Story

Home run drought over and out.   I had a note about it in the, um, game notes.  The Rattlers had been out-homered 6-1 in the first four games of the road trip.  Three home runs on Monday for the Timber Rattlers.  Taylor (8th), Berberet (4th), and Roache (8th).  They were majestic….Oh, right.  Roache’s home run…

The Rattlers had two home runs in the first seven games of July.  Add in the last three games of June and that would be two home runs in the ten games before Monday night at Burlington.

Taylor Mangum was perfect and exactly what the Rattlers needed.  Mangum came on after Jorge Lopez stumbled early and threw 77 pitches in four innings.  Mangum came in with Wisconsin down 6-5.  He tossed a perfect fifth.  The Rattlers went up 8-6 in the top of the sixth.  Mangum retired the side in order in the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth.  That would be 15 straight batters retired by Mangum.  He struck out five and only went to a three  ball count on two batters.

It may seem odd to pick a reliever as the player of the game in a game with three homers, twelve hits, and plenty of defensive gems.  But, this was an outstanding appearance by Mangum…and his mustache.

Jorge Lopez. The bottom of the first inning started with single.  The next batter sent a grounder to third and it looked like it would be a double play.  But, the ball hit the lip of the grass and flattened out to go under the glove of Alfredo Rodriguez at third.  It COULD have gone for an error, but that would have been a really tough error to give on a bad hop.  By the time the inning ended three runs had scored.

The bottom of the second inning started with a double, but Lopez almost got out of it by getting the next two batters.   But, a two-out singled made it 4-0.

The bottom of the third started with two walks.  Then, Lopez made a great defensive play on a sacrifice bunt to get a force at third.  Then, he threw a wild pitch and gave up a two-run single.  That put the Timber Rattlers down 6-2.  That was also the last hit Lopez would allow.  He struck out the final two batters of the third and set down the side in order in the fourth – with lots of help on web gems from Adam Giacalone for the first out and Adrian Williams for the last out – before giving way to Mangum.

I can’t tell you how nice it was to see the Rattlers take advantage of mistakes by their opponents.  Michael Reed reached on an error with two outs in the third and Taylor hit a home run on the next pitch for Wisconsin’s first runs of the game.  Rodriguez reached on an error with two outs in the sixth to score Chris McFarland from third and tie the game.  Reed was next and he tripled to drive in Rodriguez for the go ahead run.

By the way, Reed now with nine triples this season.  In case you were wondering, the Timber Rattlers single-season triples page in the record book looks like this:

  1. Jermaine Clark – 13 (1998)
  2. Jamie Bubela – 12 (2001)
  3. Chris Colton – 11 (2004)
  4. Ben McMahan – 11  (2012)
  5. Chadwin Stang – 9 (2012)
  6. Josh Womack – 9 (2005)
  7. Michael Reed – 9 (2013)

The bunt by Taylor in the eighth to knock in Williams to give Wisconsin an insurance run was a surprise move.  It came with one out and runners at the corners.  It didn’t look like a suicide squeeze, since Williams wasn’t breaking until the ball had been pushed to the right side of the infield.  You may have forgotten this, but Tyrone Taylor is pretty fast and a really good bunter.  It got the job done.

Apologies for the lateness of this post.  The internet was rough on the bus ride home and we got in at around 4:45am. 

Tuesday’s Western Division results:
Quad Cities @ Kane County – Rained out. Cancelled. Won’t be made up
Beloit 0 @Peoria 8
Cedar Rapids 5 @Clinton 3

The 2nd half playoff standings heading into the off day on Tuesday:

Week ahead:
QC: v. Bowling Green; v. Dayton
CLN: @ West Michigan, @ South Bend
PEO: @Lansing, @Great Lakes
WIS: v. Fort Wayne, v. Lake County
BUR: @Great Lakes, @Lansing
KC: @South Bend, @West Michigan

Game over.

Game over.

Getting out of Burlington.

Getting out of Burlington.

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