Supreme Solace – Postgame post for July 31, 2013

Writing is the supreme solace. – W. Somerset Maugham

Shift.

Shift.

Wisconsin 3
Kane County 6
Boxscore | Game Story

Pretty sure that the post on last night’s game would be pretty similar to the post on today’s game.

Tyler Wagner with a baseball rarity in the third inning. He struck out the side on nine pitches. I looked back at my scorebook after he got ahead of Albert Almora 0-1 with two outs after he struck out Oliver Zapata and Gioskar Amaya to start the inning. Good thing I fired up the camera for after he got ahead 0-2.

Got. Him. Swinging!

Got. Him. Swinging!

Believe it or not, Wikipedia has a list of MLB pitchers who have struck out the side on nine pitches. Take a look.

Through five innings, Wagner was really good. He pitched at his pace and worked well through five innings. The only hit he allowed in those first five innings was a leadoff single in the first inning. He struck out seven over those five innings.

But, the sixth was a tough inning for him.  He gave up the first run on a double, error, and grounder.  So, the Rattlers were still up 2-1 with one out and none on base.  He was 1-0 on the next four hitters.  The next three hitters singled to tie the game.  In all, he had 94 pitches/55 strikes for the game.  He was in line for the win after the Rattlers took the lead in the top of the seventh, but win #9 is still out there somewhere.

The Rattlers continued to frustrate Dan Vogelbach in his first two at bats. Orlando Arcia was playing about where he is in the top picture both times.  The first time was in the first inning with runners at first and second with no outs.  He hit the ball right at Arcia for a 6-3  double play.  The second time was in the fourth inning and he hit the ball right at Arcia again for a ground out.

In the sixth, Vogelbach hit the ball at the shortstop position where third baseman Mike Garza was stationed.  The ball barely cleared Garza’s glove for a single.  Later in the inning, he came around to score the tying run when Rock Shoulders singled to left.

The shift even came into play without Vogelbach putting a ball in play.  Gioskar Amaya tried to steal second with Arcia playing behind the bag.  All Arcia had to do was come in and take the throw from Parker Berberet to put the tag on Amaya for the final out of the seventh inning.

Unfortunately, the shift does not come into play when Vogelbach is walked as he was to leadoff the eighth inning just before the home run to right by Jeimer Candelario that put Kane County up 5-3.

The Timber Rattlers tried to put pressure on the Kane County defense a twice on Wednesday. Garrett Cooper tried to score from second on an infield single by Chris McFarland in the top of the fourth after a close play at first. It didn’t work. Orlando Arcia tried to go from first to third on an infield grounder when he saw that third base was uncovered. It worked as the throw to third was missed and Arcia scored the run to put the Rattlers up 3-2.

Back to Parker Berberet.  He singled in the sixth and now has a 15-game hitting streak.  That’s the longest active hitting streak in the Midwest League this season.

Mike Garza went 2-for-3 with a walk.  He has extended his hitting streak to a season high 10-games.

In the two games of this series, Wisconsin has 21 hits. They have scored five runs.

Most Timber Rattlers losses have followed one of two patterns of late:

  1. Take an early lead. Have plenty of opportunities to pad the lead, but don’t. Opponents get back to even.  Opponents take the lead.  Opponents hold on for the win.
  2. Fall behind early. Scratch and claw and tie the game. Opponents take the lead.  Opponents hold on for the win.

Get ‘em tomorrow.

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