One imagines – Postgame Post for July 15, 2013

One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines. – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

July 15 2013 006

Lake County 2
Wisconsin 6
Boxscore | Game Story

I’ll have more later. Stuff to do now.


Johnny Hellweg pitched six innings.  Kyle from Brew Crew Ball was at the postgame press conference and has comments from Hellweg:

He classified the outing as a game where he was “just trying to work on some stuff.”

“(I was) trying to treat some of the guys like they were different hitters, trying to put big leaguers in their shoes,” Hellweg said. “Trying to execute some pitches that I would have if they were different guys.”

Click the link for all of the comments.

It probably should have been a scoreless six innings for Hellweg.  But, Adrian Williams lost a popup in the Sun with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the sixth.  That allowed two runs to score.  It didn’t help that Hellweg walked a batter with two outs to load them up in the first place.  In the end it didn’t matter….because….

How many times this season has one Timber Rattlers error led to a big inning for the other team?  You don’t need to answer.  It’s rhetorical.  Besides it’s probably less than it seems.  It was nice to see the tables turn as Wisconsin scored four unearned runs after a dropped fly ball in right field during the bottom of the fifth.

The Rattlers started getting some hits after that dropped fly ball.   Williams lined a double to left.  Reed singled off second base.  Taylor ripped a triple. Garrett Cooper knocked in his first run as a Rattler.  That made the score 6-0.

Even after the Captains scored their two runs in the sixth, the game never felt like it was in danger.  Taylor Wall had a nice bounce back outing after taking the loss in the game to Fort Wayne on Friday.  Wall went three innings for the third time this season and picked up his fifth save of the season.

Taylor made a great catch to end the game.  See it in the highlights.  Great read.  Great speed.

Skipping back to the second inning for a second.  One of the topics covered occasionally in this series of posts is something called dirtball reads.  That would be reads by base runners on pitches in the dirt and if they think they can move up a base or not by getting a good jump.  Mike Garza had a great read on a pitch in the dirt in the second.  He took off on a pitch that didn’t get that far away from the catcher, but he just beat the throw.  He scored on a Victor Roache double to put the Rattlers up 1-0. 

The Timber Rattlers won the game by four runs.  That is the largest margin of victory for them since they won 11-5 at Kane County on June 15.

By the way, the Timber Rattlers went 4-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Bus leaves for Bowling Green tomorrow morning.  I’ll be on twitter and probably working on a post or two during the ride.  Next game is Wednesday. 

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