Time will not delay – Postgame post for August 3, 2013
You may delay, but time will not. – Benjamin Franklin
So close. So close.
And yet, it didn’t have to come down to that near-miss in the ninth.
The fifth inning was the Rattlers season in miniature. It featured:
- A leadoff homer
- Two errors that started jump started the inning
- A walk to load the bases
- A bases loaded walk to force in a run
Timber Rattlers pitchers have allowed 27 home runs to start innings this season
Timber Rattlers fielders have committed 139 errors this season
Timber Rattlers pitchers have walked 407 batters, including eight with the bases loaded.
Beloit had the leadoff man reach in six of the nine innings on Saturday. I’m going to get into a little something here with stats. So settle in for a bit….
According to the up-to-date stats at my disposal, opposing teams are hitting .272 (221 hits in 812 at bats) when they leadoff an inning against the Timber Rattlers. Additionally, Wisconsin pitchers have issued 108 leadoff walks and eleven opponents have been hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning. That does not include the anyone reaching on errors to start innings. That would be the opposing leadoff batter reaching base 340 times by hit, walk, or hit batsman.
That seems like a lot.
Parker Berberet had four hard-hit balls on the evening. A line drive to short, a deep fly to the track in left, a hard shot on which the Beloit third baseman made a nice play, and the two-out RBI single in the eighth. His hitting streak has reached 18 games.
Orlando Arcia also had a nice night at the plate. The triple was stung, but the plate appearance that I liked the most was the 4-pitch walk in the ninth. Beloit tried to get Arcia to chase something and he didn’t because he knew that the Rattlers needed base runners. He took the walk and that set up the inning.
Speaking of nice plate appearances…Michael Reed fell behind Chris Lamb 0-2 to start the eighth. He fouled of five pitches as he worked the count full and eventually drew a walk. He came around on the two-out double by Garrett Cooper.
The home run by Victor Roache in the second inning made me a little giddy. Because all I could think of was:
Unfortunately, both Quad Cities and Peoria won on Saturday night. The Rattlers keep slipping way back in the division race and now face a 9-1/2 game deficit to Quad Cities for the division. Peoria extended their wild card lead over the Clinton (A Loss on Saturday) to one game. Burlington (A Win on Saturday) is two games behind Peoria. The Rattlers are four games behind in the wild card.
Sneak peek at Sunday’s game. Dylan Covey is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Snappers. Here’s are two links from 2010 for some backstory on his connection to the Timber Rattlers.