Afraid of being happy – Postgame post for August 16, 2013

I think I’m afraid of being happy because whenever I get too happy something bad always happens. – Charlie Brown

sighPeoria 7
Wisconsin 2
Boxscore | Game Story

Tyler Roberts went to right field with his double and hit it over the head of the right fielder for a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

Mike Garza had two more hits, including an RBI double in the third inning, in the game. He has 33 multi-hit games this season.

In case you missed the tweet from earlier tonight:

That’s all I have on that right now.

The Chiefs had a runner at first with no outs in the top of the fifth inning against Tyler Wagner. Jonathan Keener sent a grounder to short and it looked like a certain 6-4-3 double play. Then, the ball took a bad hop…like a wicked and completely unfair hop…over the glove of Orlando Arcia. And his glove wasn’t at his knees. The ball bounced up about brim of the hat height on Arcia and made it through for a single and runners at first and third.

Charlie Tilson followed with a grounder to the left of the mound. The runner at third was caught in a rundown and stayed in the rundown long enough to let Keener get to third and Tilson to get to second.

I swear that Wagner broke the bats of the next two batters and the ball didn’t get off the infield grass. But, both balls made it past the mound and the Chiefs scored two runs to tie the game.

Very rough seventh inning for Harvey Martin. He made a great pitch to get a 3-6-1 double play for two outs and none on. Then, five straight hits with four extra base hits and the Chiefs were up 6-2.

Reed wasn’t the only Rattler to be hit by a pitch. Lance Roenicke got hit on the right hand. Max Walla got hit in the leg. Ouch.

Nathan Baliva, who isn’t a bad guy no matter what you may hear, popped into the radio booth after the game and mentioned that he had only seen one Victor Roache home run in 13 games against the Chiefs this season. This got me thinking:

Overall Roache: 103 games; 94-for-393 (.239), 20HR, 66RBI, 120K
Roache v. PEO: 13 games; 10-for-54 (.185), HR, 5RBI, 20K
Roache v. rest of MWL: 90 games; 84-for-339 (.247), 19HR, 61RBI, 100K

I hate the Cardinals.

In the playoff race…The loss dropped the Timber Rattlers four games behind the Chiefs AND the Clinton LumberKings. A few weeks ago, I thought that Wisconsin would need to get to 36-34 to make the playoffs. They would need to go 13-4 over the last seventeen games. For the Chiefs AND Clinton to finish 35-35, both would need to go 8-9 over the last seventeen.

The math is getting difficult. Not impossible, but difficult.

Western Division Schedule (SAT-MON):
Wisconsin at Beloit
Cedar Rapids at Peoria
Clinton at Kane County
Burlington at Quad Cities

The rest of the season starts on Saturday. Gotta get ‘em.

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