Lightning does not strike twice – Postgame post for July 29, 2013

Lightning does not strike the same place twice – Proverb

Baseball.

Baseball.

Burlington 5
Wisconsin 1
Boxscore | Game Story

Sorry about Sunday. I went home and sat down before starting on the post. Next thing I knew it was 5am.

For some quotes on Sunday’s comeback, here’s the Post-Crescent article by Mike Woods.

On to Monday.

Anyone who thought the Timber Rattlers would rally from a 5-1 deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning for the second game in a row against the Burlington Bees was not watching Monday’s game.

Patrick Lowery had 80 pitches through eight innings. He had a three-ball count on one hitter before the ninth.

Orlando Arcia had a eleven-pitch at bat in the bottom of the ninth. He fouled off five different 2-strike pitches to run the count full before popping out to the catcher.

Lowery ended the night with 95 pitches (67 strikes), six strikeouts, no walks.

Funny thing from before the game. Garrett Cooper and Victor Roache were on separate teams for a competition of situational hitting drills during batting practice. Cooper hit a moon shot to left as the last hitter for his side to give his team the lead. Roache was the last hitter for his side and he hit one off the middle of the batting screen over the wall in center. Cooper was given one more swing for his team….and he crushed another home run past the scoreboard in left-center.

Then, Cooper homered in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game. No doubt.

Unfortunately, that was about the only offense the Timber Rattlers had in the game.

Parker Berberet singled after the home run by Cooper to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. On the defensive side, Berberet committed his first error of the season as a catcher. Heck, that’s his first error of the season. Monday was his 43rd game as a catcher. He has also played 15 games at first base. That streak is more impressive than the current hitting streak.

That was a weird series for the Rattlers. They committed six errors on Saturday and won 9-3. Have I mentioned that they scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 6-5 win on Sunday? They were in the game on Monday until they committed three errors in the sixth. The Rattlers committed eleven errors in a three-game series and took two of three.

The lineup was a last minute thing on Monday. Michael Reed was out for the fourth game in a row and Tyrone Taylor needed a break from the field. The decision was to put Adrian Williams in center for the first time since last season. No word on Reed, but the team just passed the 100 game mark. It’s like hitting the wall in a marathon….or so I’m told…for players who have never been through a full season.

For example: Monday was game #101 for the Timber Rattlers. Taylor has played in 98 of those games: 86 in center, seven as the DH, three in left, and two as a pinch runner.

The Rattlers lost ground on Quad Cities and Peoria. The QC holds the 2nd half division lead after a 4-1 win at Beloit on Monday. Peoria got out to the early lead at home against Kane County and beat the Cougars 14-1.

WESTERN DIVISION GAMES for July 30:
Rattlers (15-21) at Kane County (10-25)
Peoria (19-17) at Quad Cities (20-15)
Beloit (20-16) at Clinton (16-20)
Cedar Rapids (25-11) at Burlington (14-21)

Chance to pick up ground on someone in one of those playoff spots for the next four days because – and I’m pretty confident in saying this – either Quad Cities or Peoria will lose over the next four days. Time to go to work.

Monday’s Highlights:

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