Focus in the brightest – Postgame post for August 20, 2013

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. – Dalai Lama

So...that happened again.

So…that happened again.

Wisconsin 4
Beloit 6
Boxscore | Game Story

If I had time, I would go back and look at all of the times the Timber Rattlers have been down by a bunch and fought back to put the tying run at the plate.  I’m thinking that it’s a lot.  It seems like a lot.

Parker Berberet was up with two outs and runners at the corners in the top of the first inning.  Berberet lined a pitch right at base umpire Masa Ichiki.  In the two umpire rotation, he is set up to the right of the mound on the infield grass as you look at the field from behind home plate.  Ichiki ducked out of the way and the ball went right into the waiting glove of second baseman Christopher Bostick.  Put  pin in this.  We’ll see a similar play later.

In the top of the second, Orlando Arcia bunted.  He was out on a close play.  Manager Matt Erickson went to argue the call.  It wasn’t even a particularly heated discussion.  Unlike Monday night, the helmet stayed on his head.  Matt sent me a text to say that he didn’t drop one of the magic words, but he said something that Ichiki didn’t like and got run for the second game in a row.

The Snappers took advantage of an error, two walks, a wild pitch, and a double to score three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Before the bottom of the third inning, The Rattlers were outhitting Beloit 5-2 and were losing 3-0.  After the bottom of the third, the hit column was even at five and the Snappers were up 6-0.  There were two straight singles and a home run by Matt Olson.

FUN WITH STATS!
Beloit won the season series from the Timber Rattlers 10-7.

Wisconsin outhit the Snappers .289-.258

Beloit outscored the Rattlers 79-72.

Beloit outhomered the Rattlers 16-6.

Tyrone Taylor had a pair of infield singles, a pair of line drive singles to left, and a line drive double inside the line in right.  That’s a five hit game, the first by a Timber Rattlers since July 5, 2011.  That was the day TJ Mittelstaedt had five hits in a game at Beloit.

Taylor scored two runs and moved his average from .278 to .286.  Also, his double was #31 on the season.  Taylor has matched five other Timber Rattlers for 11th place on the franchise list for doubles in a single season. 

Garrett Cooper with ANOTHER multi-hit game for the Timber Rattlers.  That’s ELEVEN in 25 games with Wisconsin.  Cooper also had a triple in the game to drive in Taylor.  His slashline is .337/.402/.522.

Rodolfo Fernandez.  FIVE scoreless innings out of the bullpen.  He allowed ONE hit, walked one, and struck out four.  His scoreless streak has reached 17….I’m sorry…SEVENTEEN consecutive innings.  His second half numbers: 10 games, 31.0IP, 19H, 4R, 7BB, 31K.  That makes a WHIP of 0.84, an ERA of 1.16, and opposing batters are hitting .173. 

The Rattlers were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position on Tuesday night.  I already mentioned one of those eleven at bats (The Berberet line out in the first inning.)  Here’s where we come back to that play to talk about another of those eleven at bats.  In the ninth, Taylor was at second base with one out.  Berberet was back at the plate as the tying run.  Berberet hits a hooking line drive towards left field.  Taylor was heading for third and was going to score….But, the shortstop made the catch and doubled Taylor off second base to end the game.

Dammit.

Victor Roache got the night off on Tuesday.  He didn’t take batting practice and didn’t play in the game.  It was his first time the Rattlers played a game in the second half and Roache did not play in it.  Let’s see if he bounces back in a big series at Clinton.

Speaking of Clinton.  They won at Kane County again on Tuesday.  Quad Cities beat Burlington.  Those top two teams have separated themselves from the four teams chasing them.  Clinton is three games up on Peoria and five games up on the Rattlers for the Wild Card.

Wisconsin has a three game series at Clinton.  If they want to keep their playoff chances alive, they need a sweep.  A sweep would bring them within two of Clinton with ten games left.  If they win two of three, they will be four games back.  If they drop two of three, they will be six games back.  If they get swept, they will be eight games back with ten to play.

Here we go.

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