Heartache Spoken Here – Postgame post for July 21, 2013

Heartache spoken here
I know a thing or two about heartbreak and tears
So come on down we’ll talk about it
Heartache spoken here
- Warren Zevon

The uncropped version of the photo from the game story on the website.

The uncropped version of the photo from the game story on the website.

That’s the third game this week the Timber Rattlers have lost in the ninth inning in the last seven.

  1. 7/14 – Lake County scores three runs in the top of the ninth to beat the Rattlers 5-4
  2. 7/18 – Bowling Green scores two runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Rattlers 6-5
  3. 7/21 – Dayton gets a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Rattlers 7-6

Jorge Lopez was behind in the count…a lot.  It cost him as he gave up double on a 3-1 pitch in the third that tied the game 4-4 and a single on a 3-1 pitch that put Dayton in front.

Taylor Mangum did a nice job in the seventh inning.  There was a runner at third and two outs with Mejias-Brean and Gelalich due up.  Mangum pitched around them with walks and got Tanner Rahier to ground into a force play to end the inning.

But, he fell behind Winker 2-0 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the home run followed to end the game.

I hate that stupid fog horn.  You’ll hear it on the highlight on the Dragons website tomorrow morning.

I’m pretty sure that MiLB.com will pick out the home run by Victor Roache in the top of the first inning.  You have got to see it.  I’ll link it on twitter or in the game notes post tomorrow. This will have to do for now.

Krakadoooum!!!!!!Roache had a three-hit game on Sunday.  He is 10-for-22 (.455) on the first five games of this road trip.  His average is above .240 for the season.

Chris McFarland, Adrian Williams, and Alfredo Rodriguez – the 8-9-1 hitters in the Wisconsin order – did a great job setting up or cashing in on rallies.  Rodriguez has started three of the five games on this trip with a base hit.  McFarland was on base three times – HBP, 2B, BB – stole a base, and scored two runs.  Williams had a sacrifice bunt, a walk, and a double.  Well done, guys.

I mentioned the three ninth inning losses in the last seven games earlier in the post.  But, the game that can be compared to is the 13-inning loss to Fort Wayne back on July 12.  That was the game Wisconsin had the winning run in scoring position in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh innings but did not score.

Read the game story for the full details, but the Rattlers had the go ahead run in scoring position in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.  They did not cash in on those opportunities.

Here’s the weird thing.  In the eleventh inning on July 12 and in the eighth inning on July 21, there were two runners on base after Michael Reed drew a walk.  Tyrone Taylor grounded into inning ending double plays both times.

I can almost guarantee that – if the situation comes up again – it won’t happen again.

Well….Quad Cities and Peoria both lost and Clinton won on Sunday.  So, once again, the Rattlers didn’t lose any ground in the standings to QC or Peoria.  All they lost was another day.

Get ‘em tomorrow.

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