All Night Long – Postgame Post for August 15, 2013

Well, my friends, the time has come
(To) raise the roof and have some fun
Throw away the work to be done
Let the music play on….(Play on, play on, play on..)
– Lionel Richie, All Night Long

This is the uncropped photo from the game story. Reed to first as Rodriguez scores the winning run!

This is the uncropped photo from the game story. Reed to first as Rodriguez scores the winning run!

Peoria 4
Wisconsin 5
Boxscore | Game Story
FINAL – 11 Innings

Orlando Arcia with a great night.  He went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs and was intentionally walked twice.  But, I want to talk about a stolen base.  He was on second and Tyrone Taylor was on first with no outs and Michael Reed at the plate.  Steve Sabatino has just throw a pitch for a ball to Reed and took the throw back from his catcher.  He walked back to the rubber with his head down and Arcia noticed that the third baseman was not covering the bag.  Arcia broke for third and made it easily.  Taylor took second without a play, too.  It was some more aggressive base running by Arcia.

Plus, he made some outstanding defensive plays.  But, you’re getting used to those.

Let’s mention the relief work from Mike Strong and Jono Armold. Strong should have been out of the eighth scoreless, but the popup dropped in for a two out, RBI single. But, he only allowed one run on five hits in three innings. Armold worked two scoreless innings with a walk and a strikeout to keep the game even.

Rodolfo Fernandez is, just…wow.  Four more scoreless innings and he struck out three.  Scoreless streak is at 12 innings.  His second half numbers: 2-1, 2 saves, 1.38 ERA, 9 games, 26.0IP, 18H, 4R, 4ER, HR, 6BB, 27K…oh, and hitters are batting .191 against him.

Alfredo Rodriguez went 0-for-5 and saw his hitting streak come to an end at 12 games…but, so what. He drew a walk in the 13th. Then, with one out in the 15th, he drew a 4-pitch walk. He didn’t chase anything out of the zone to try and extend the hitting streak. The Rattlers needed a base runner and he got on base with a walk. It’s one of those unselfish things that will get a player noticed. Then, he stole second with a great jump. Scoring the winning run on the Michael Reed single was just the proverbial icing on the cake.

A word about the defense. To pick a totally arbitrary point in time*: In their last eleven games, Wisconsin’s defense has committed four errors. Two of those errors are on wild pick off throws by pitchers.

*-This arbitrary point in time happens to be the day after the Timber Rattlers committed three errors in a game against Beloit on August 3…Told you it was arbitrary.

That shout you heard as Reed singled in the winning run was the cheer from the fans in Clinton. The LumberKings beat Quad Cities for the second night in a row and they have tied the Chiefs for the second half wild card. Plus, the LumberKings – and the Rattlers – picked up ground on the River Bandits, too.

QC: 30-21
CLN: 26-26
PEO: 26-26
WIS: 23-29
BUR: 21-31
KC: 19-32

River Bandits are up 4.5 games on the LumberKings and Chiefs, 7.5 on the Rattlers, 11.5 on Burlington, and 12 on Kane County.

Wild Card has the LumberKings and Chiefs tied, the Rattlers three games back, Burlington five back, and Kane County 5.5 back.

18 games left in the regular season.

Big game tomo…..I mean, later tonight.  Go get ‘em.

PHOTOS from Ann Mollica!

Reed is in there somewhere!

Reed is in there somewhere!

Fernandez thanks Reed for ending the game.

Fernandez thanks Reed for ending the game.

This might be my favorite Non-Ann Mollica photo of the night.  I took this from the press box during the second segment of the postgame show about ten minutes after the game had ended.  That’s Reed, Garza, and Roberts signing for some of the kids who stuck around after the game:

Autographs!

Autographs!

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