Hans Moleman Productions Presents – Postgame post for July 18, 2013

Hmm…Barney’s movie had heart, but “Football in the Groin” had a football in the groin. – Homer Simpson

Wisconsin 5
Bowling Green 6
Boxscore | Game Story

I was seriously considering just leaving that clip from The Simpsons up there as the entire post for tonight.

Mike Garza rounds third and heads for home to tie the game on Garrett Cooper's double in the seventh inning.

Mike Garza rounds third and heads for home to tie the game on Garrett Cooper’s double in the seventh inning.

Victor Roache was 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored:

Krakadoooum!!!!!! The home run ended up in the grass seating area to the left of the batter’s eye.  Good God Almighty!  Good God Almighty! He’s killed that baseball!  As God is my witness that ball is BROKEN IN HALF!

That’s a 5-game hitting streak for Roache – 8-for-21 (.381).  He also has at least one extra base hit in each of his last five games (3 homers, 2 doubles).  That makes a slugging percentage of .905 and an OPS of 1.286.  To HECK with the small sample size.  He’s starting to heat up.

Chris McFarland made an excellent defensive play in the bottom of the fourth to get Andrew Toles for the final out and prevent a run.

Here’s the thing about Thursday’s game that felt like a football to…well, you know…  The Rattlers were outhit 14-6.  One player had half of Wisconsin’s hits….and they still had a chance to win the game.

I made this point in the game story, but to get it out here.. Toles walked to start the bottom of the ninth inning.  Leonard Reginatto failed in two bunt attempts and singled.  Tommy Coyle was next and failed in two bunt attempts.  He tripled to drive in the winning run.  Go figure.

The only team from the Western Division to win on Thursday was Cedar Rapids.  That means the Timber Rattlers didn’t lose any ground in the race to catch Quad Cities, Clinton, and Peoria.  But, they didn’t pick up any ground.  That is about the fourth time in the last ten or eleven games the Rattlers had chance to pick up ground on all three of those teams. Yeesh!

By the way, here are Wednesday’s Highlights – which do not have the catch  to rob Roache in the top of the eighth – from BGHotRodsTV.

And here are Thursday’s Highlights.

There was a happy ending on Thursday and a little something to put the game in perspective.  Matt Erickson’s wife Julie has been getting close to giving birth to their third child.  Matt came out on the road and the baby wasn’t due until Tuesday or Wednesday.  But, he was ready to head back at a moments notice.  The call came in the seventh inning that little Emma couldn’t wait anymore.  Matt showed me a picture on his cell phone as we got on the bus and he was still getting the details as we headed back to the hotel.  Matt will be heading home tomorrow morning and will rejoin the team next Wednesday when the homestand with Clinton starts.  Congratulations to the Ericksons.

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