Seashells and Balloons – August 4, 2013

Seashells and balloons – Al McGuire

Walt Simonson's representation of Victor Roache's 7th inning home run on Sunday.

Walt Simonson’s representation of Victor Roache’s 7th inning home run on Sunday.

Beloit 1
Wisconsin 6
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Seashells and Balloons in Al McGuire-speak meant Victory and Happiness.  One seashell with lots of balloons on Sunday for the Timber Rattlers.

I am tempted to just put up that panel, the highlights, and a photo of the high five line after the game.  But, what kind of obsessive curator would I be if I did that?

Eric Semmelhack’s July had four very forgettable starts sandwiched between two pretty good ones.  His August has started out very good.  He threw strikes (78 pitches-49 strikes). He didn’t give up a home run (He had allowed 6 in July).  He didn’t walk a batter (First walk-free game in 9 second half starts).  He picked up his first win since April 25.   Nice outing for Semmelhack.

Chris McFarland with a great piece of hitting in the bottom of the fourth inning.  He got pitched away and he went away with it to fire down the line in right to send Max Walla home for with the tying run.

We’ll get to the Roache home run in a moment.  But, look at his RBI double in the fifth.  Breaking ball low and away and he hits the ball on one hop off the wall in left-center.  Natural, ridiculous power.

I mentioned this on twitter, but watch the home run by Roache (Around :44 on the highlights at the bottom of the post).  It cleared the scoreboard…ALL OF THE SCOREBOARD…Then, watch the reaction of his teammates as he heads back to the dugout (Starting around 1:10 or so)…It starts with the look on Garrett Cooper’s face as if he is thinking, “I gotta follow THAT?”  Then, look for the smiles on the faces of Tyrone Taylor, Alfredo Rodriguez, Adrian Williams.  They know.

Parker Berberet extended his current hitting  streak to 19 games with a homer in the seventh.  It was the second day in a row he has extended the streak on his last at bat.  Something has clicked for Berberet in the last three weeks and it’s great to see.  He has worked hard on the catching part of his game and now the hitting is coming around for him.  Back on July 7, Berberet went 0-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly at Burlington.  His average dipped to .230 with an OBP of .312 and a SLG of .352.  This 19-game hitting streak has given him a slashline of .268/.345/.421.  It’s impressive and I think that it’s made people take notice.

Taylor Wall cruised against the first seven hitters he faced.  Then, two singles and a walk loaded the bases.  one out, bases loaded, Rattlers up 6-1.  That brought David Chavarria out to the mound.  Chavy doesn’t go out to the mound often.  So, when he does take notice.  I like to think that he went out and said, “Ok, double play ends the game. Let’s get it on the first pitch and go home.”  He’s that good.

High fives for everyone!

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