Something Clever – Postgame Post for August 9, 2013
Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever. – Aristophanes
Mike Strong in a spot start had a good enough performance to make me forget my “No Goofy Headlines” Rule. But, totally worth it. He had leadoff 4-pitch walks in the first and second innings. Then – after the RBI single in the bottom of the second, everything clicked. He retired 14 in a row. He struck out six. He was put the Timber Rattlers in a position to win a very important game.
Rodolfo Fernandez didn’t mess around when he took over in the eighth. He threw a first pitch strike to all four hitters he faced in his first inning and was 0-2 on three of those hitters. In the ninth, well, he just did the job and finished the game with a 1-2-3 inning.
Fernandez now has pitched three straight scoreless appearances. He has a streak of eight straight scoreless innings. Since he came off the DL back in Mid-June, Fernandez has made nine appearances. He has allowed four runs in 23 innings with 24 strikeouts.
Speaking of coming off the DL….Welcome back, Tyrone Taylor! 3-for-5, 2B, 2RBI, Stolen Base. He ran well and hit the ball with authority…except for that first RBI single. That was a little blooper on the infield that barely crossed the basepath between first and second and the second baseman dove for, but couldn’t make the catch. That there was a 3-2 count with two outs and the runners were going probably had a little something to do with it. Consider that payback for that 3-2 deal in Thursday’s game.
Max Walla with two doubles to deep right-center, a double down the left field line, and an infield single. That’s three 4-hit games for Walla this season.
Garrett Cooper with another two-hit game. He’s got five straight games with two hits. That’s…..um……TEN, TEN hits in his last five games and 10-for-19…That raises his average (Small sample size, I know) to .329.
Mike Garza cracked his first home run since June 8 when he hit one to the berm in left-center in the first inning for a two-run homer and a very early lead for the Timber Rattlers.
The good news, the Rattlers picked up a game on the Chiefs with the win and trail them by four games with 23 games remaining in the season.
The other news, the road gets steeper on the next three games of the road trip. Wisconsin gets to play three games at Quad Cities. The River Bandits are 8-2 in their last ten games and have a second half home record of 16-6.
MWL Western Division Games (8/10-12):
Wisconsin at Quad Cities
Peoria at Clinton
Beloit at Burlington
Cedar Rapids at Quad Cities