July 2013

Lineup and Game Notes for July 26, 2013

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. – Francis Bacon

PLAY BALL!

PLAY BALL!

You may follow tonight’s game on:
Television: My NEW32′s Sports Showdown starting with their pregame show at 6:30pm
Radio: AM1280, WNAM
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio
Internet Video: MiLB.TV

First pitch is 7:05pm

Tonight’s Lineup:
Alfredo Rodriguez – DH
Chris McFarland – 2B
Tyrone Taylor – CF
Victor Roache – LF
Mike Garza – 3B
Parker Berberet – 1B
Max Walla – RF
Tyler Roberts – C
Adrian Williams – SS

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Tyler Wagner
Clinton Starting Pitcher: Tyler Pike

Timber Rattlers Transactions:
RHP Leonard Lorenzo placed on the DL
RHP Chris Razo transferred from Helena to Wisconsin

Timber Rattlers Roster: Timber_Rattlers_Roster_072613

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJuly262013
LumberKings Game Notes: Clinton Game Notes 7.26.13

Hope and invention – Postgame post for July 25, 2013

Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed. – Tom Clancy

This turned into a force out at second.

This turned into a force out at second.

Clinton 5
Wisconsin 1
Boxscore | Game Story

Tough night started with a 102-minute rain delay.  The rain – and pretty severe rain at that – was out there and the front office didn’t want to take the chance of starting the game and having to stop the game.  That would have burned the starting pitchers and it wouldn’t have been right.  An impossible decision.  Call it the “Kobayashi Maru”.

Eric Semmelhack had a tough night, too.  He gave up eleven hits in five innings and a pair of long home runs.  He’s given up 15 home runs in 94-1/3 innings pitched this season.  And yet…he had opportunities to limit damage.  Eight of the eleven hits he gave up came with two outs.  Three of the five runs allowed came with two outs.

The offense was quiet most of the night.  They did not have two runners on base in the same inning until the ninth.

Weird – and almost identical – plays involving Parker Berberet and Max Walla in the second and seventh innings.  In both innings, Max struck out on a pitch in the dirt.   Berberet took off for second and was out at second.  It was not a caught stealing, but it was a strike-em out, throw-em out double play.

Rodolfo Fernandez had a good outing with three scoreless innings.  He pitched around a one out error in the eighth to keep the score at 5-1.

Taylor Wall with another scoreless inning.

In the pennant race, Quad Cities (Lost); Peoria (Won); Burlington (Won).  Rattlers tied with Burlington again at 4-1/2 games behind Quad Cities and 4 games behind Peoria.

Get them tomorrow.

Thursday’s Highlights:

Lineup and Game Notes for July 25, 2013

There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me. – Thomas Jefferson

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Another perfect day for baseball!

You may follow tonight’s game on:
Television: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel starting at 7:00pm
Radio: AM1280, WNAM
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio
Internet Video: MiLB.TV

First pitch is 7:05pm

Tonight’s Lineup:

Alfredo Rodriguez – 3B
Michael Reed – DH
Tyrone Taylor – CF
Victor Roache – LF
Mike Garza – 1B
Parker Berberet – C
Max Walla – RF
Chris McFarland – 2B
Orlando Arcia – SS

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher: Eric Semmelhack
Clinton Starting Pitcher: Scott DeCecco

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJuly252013
LumberKings Game Notes: Clinton Game Notes 7.25.13

We have met the enemy – Postgame post for July 24, 2013

We have met the enemy and they are ours. – Oliver Hazard Perry

Last out.

Last out.

Clinton 1
Wisconsin 9
Boxscore | Timber Rattlers Game Story | MiLB.com story

Preston Gainey gave up a first inning single, walked three, and struck out one in seven innings. Pitch to contact indeed!

Clinton did help him out a few times. He was 3-0 about five times…maybe six. Twice a LumberKing took a swing on the 3-0 pitch. A couple of times he cam back to get the batter on a 3-2 pitch.

His defense helped him out a few times. Alfredo Rodriguez made a great play on the first batter of the game. Gainey snared a liner up the middle for an out in the third. Rodriguez grabbed a liner and turned it into a double play in the sixth. Orlando Arcia made a nice grab of a line drive in the second.

Side note: Those first three defensive plays mentioned in the last paragraph were made against Jamodrick McGruder, the leadoff batter for the LumberKings. McGruder is now 0-for-22 in nine games for Clinton. Dude.

In all, Gainey made 82 pitches (44 strikes) to set his professional high for innings pitches in a game. I’ll let him tell you about it in the MiLB.com story linked up top.

“I’ve been focusing a lot on my mental approach to pitching, just kind of relaxing,” he said. “A lot of times, I catch myself trying to do too much. I overpitch, almost, and try to be too perfect. Tonight, I was relaxed and throwing the ball over the plate.”

Pitch to contact.

The team is hitting .304 and has scored thirty – 30 – runs in the last give games.   The team batting average is up another point to .257.    Keep climbing up that hill.

The best thing about Monday’s game was that Wisconsin scored early and kept adding on to that lead.  There was no sitting on the lead like those games in Dayton.

Tyrone Taylor was hit by pitches twice in this game.  That makes a total of 12 times this season. 

Pssssst….Max Walla walked twice on Wednesday.  He doubled once and scored three runs.

Let’s just focus in on the Wild Card part of the pennant chase for the Timber Rattlers tonight.  Peoria beat Cedar Rapids 8-7 in ten innings; Burlington lost to Quad Cities; and Kane County lost to Beloit. 

  1. Peoria: 16-15 (–)
  2. Clinton: 14-17 (-2.0)
  3. Wisconsin: 13-18 (-3.0)
  4. Burlington: 12-19 (-4.0)
  5. Kane County: 7-23 (-8.5)

Still some work to do.  It starts on Thursday.

But first….Highlights!

Lineup and Game Notes – July 24, 2013

It’s not how hard you can hit, it’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward – Rocky Balboa

Good to be home!

Good to be home!

You may follow tonight’s game on:
Television: My NEW32’s Sports Showdown starting with their pregame show at 6:30pm
Radio: AM1280, WNAM
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio
Internet Video: MiLB.TV

First pitch is 7:05pm

Tonight’s Lineup (UPDATE – 6:10pm):
Alfredo Rodriguez – 2B
Michael Reed – CF
Tyrone Taylor – DH
Victor Roache – LF
Mike Garza – 3B
Garrett Cooper Parker Berberet- 1B
Max Walla – RF
Tyler Roberts – C
Orlando Arcia – SS

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher: Preston Gainey
Clinton Starting Pitcher: Rigoberto Garcia

Wisconsin Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJuly242013

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations – Postgame Post for July 22, 2013

It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

I need to start bringing a photographer on these road trips.  This could have been an awesome shot of HR #1 for Roache.

I need to start bringing a photographer on these road trips. This could have been an awesome shot of HR #1 for Roache.

Rattlers 9
Dayton 10
Boxscore | Game Story

Victor Roache Highlight #1: Three-run home run in the first. (HR #13)

Krakadoooum!!!!!!
Victor Roache Highlight #2: Grand slam (HR #14 – Michael and Toby from the office? Really, Dayton?)

doom
From the MiLB.com story:

Since the All-Star break, he’s felt like a different hitter and the results have reflected that. Thirty games into the second half, Roache has slugged eight homers with a .298 average and .908 OPS. Seven of those homers have come in July, when he’s hitting .321 with a 1.037 OPS in 20 games.

The difference for Roache has been pitch recognition, and those improvements have been driven by two factors.

“I think part of it is repetition,” he said. “I’m finally getting at-bats, and I’m feeling more confident in the box. I have an understanding of how the pitchers are pitching to me.

“I’ve also been tweaking my swing, keeping my front shoulder in and trying to land my front foot flat and square so I’m not spinning out with my front side. That’s allowed me to see the ball better and make more consistent swings.”

Go read it all.

To document the rest of his at plate appearances:

  • Walked in the fourth with one out.
  • Hit line drive about ankle high that the shortstop picked off the dirt in the seventh
  • Was walked intentionally with one out in the ninth as the tying run

On the six games of the road trip Roache was 12-for-25 (.480) with four home runs, a double, and eleven RBI.  He struck out seven times, but four of them came in that one game at Bowling Green.

Fans, you’re going to want to get out to the stadium and see if this hot streak continues on Wednesday.

Wisconsin goes 1-5 on the road trip.  They could have easily gone 5-1.  They were tied 2-2 in the to the bottom of the seventh at Bowling Green on July 17, led Bowling Green 5-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth on July 18, led Dayton 4-0 after the top of the first inning on July 21, and led Dayton 8-1 after the top of the second on July 22.

There were so many chances to end innings or limit the damage or just do something, anything to keep the Dragons from coming back on Monday night.  But, it just didn’t happen.  Three errors, a bases loaded walk, a bases loaded hit batsman, and a wild pitch to score the go ahead run.  Also, the Rattlers didn’t have a hit from the second inning to the eighth inning.  That’s just letting a team hang around to come back and get you in the end.

Kudos to Tyrone Taylor on a great throw to the plate to keep the Dragons from getting a fifth run in the eighth inning.  He pegged out Winker at the plate to end the inning and kept the score at 10-9.

In the ninth they tying run was at third with two outs and Parker Berberet was at the plate…and…and…And this is how the game ended.

*sigh*….Are we home yet?

Lineup and Game Notes for July 22, 2013

The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. – G.K. Chesterton

We'll be waiting out the rain.

We’ll be waiting out the rain.

You may follow tonight’s game on:
Radio: AM1280, WNAM
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio
Internet Video: MiLB.TV (Dayton Announcers)

First pitch is 6:00pm CDT/7:00pm EDT

Here’s that Victor Roach home run from Sunday’s game.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Alfredo Rodriguez – 3B
Michael Reed – RF
Tyrone Taylor – CF
Max Walla – DH
Victor Roache – LF
Mike Garza – 1B
Parker Berberet – C
Chris McFarland – 2B
Orlando Arcia – SS

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Austin Ross
Dayton Starting Pitcher: Sal Romano

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJuly222013

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.

Musical Interlude – July 21, 2013

I was invited to have dinner with a friend and his family after today’s game.  I am heading out in a few minutes and am actually going to shut the computer down for awhile.

The postgame post will be up later tonight after I think about this one.

Rattlers 6
Dragons 7
Boxscore | Rattlers Game Story

This turned into that 4-6-3 double play to end the top of the eighth....Where's that horrible photography tag?

This turned into that 4-6-3 double play to end the top of the eighth….Where’s that horrible photography tag?

PUT WARREN ZEVON IN THE ROCK-N-ROLL HALL OF FAME!!

 

Lineup and Game Notes – July 21, 2013

Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness. – James Thurber

A beautiful Sunday for baseball in Dayton!

A beautiful Sunday for baseball in Dayton!

You may follow today’s game on:
Radio: AM1280, WNAM
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio
Internet Video: MiLB.TV (Dayton Announcers)

First pitch is 1:00pm CDT/2:00pm EDT

Today’s Lineup:
Alfredo Rodriguez – 3B
Michael Reed- LF
Tyrone Taylor – CF
Max Walla – RF
Victor Roache – DH
Garrett Cooper – 1B
Tyler Roberts – C
Chris McFarland – 2B
Adrian Williams – SS

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Jorge Lopez
Dayton Dragons Starting Pitcher: Drew Cisco

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJuly212013

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