Do not go gentle into that good night – Postgame Post for August 21, 2013

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. - Dylan Thomas

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Okay. I am going to try this from my phone tonight because the internet in this hotel after 11pm turned to crumbs.

Wisconsin 3
Clinton 4

All four of Clinton’s runs came after two outs. 

Close call on a 3-2 pitch in the second inning went against Tyler Wagner to walk a batter that put runners on first and second with two out.  How close?  Wagner took a couple of steps to the first base dugout after the ball popped in the mitt of Parker Berberet.

That led to the single to knock in the first run of the game. A line drive to center. A good throw may have been enough to throw Taylor Ard out at the plate.  But, Tyrone Taylor threw over the cutoff man and over Berberet. Are scored and the poor throw let two runners into scoring position. Of course, the next hitter singles to drive in two for a 3-0 lead.

A word about Wagner’s defense. It has been great all season.  I count four solid to spectacular plays plays from him in Wednesday’s game. The leaping backhanded stab of a high chopper in the sixth was particularly highlight reel worthy.  There was also getting over to cover first ons grounder that Cooper missed, but Rodriguez fielded. Defense is part of the game that pitchers need to learn, too.

The Rattlers bats had chances to bust the game open. Two runs in and a runner at second in the fourth and they stranded the runner.

Key inning was the top of the seventh.  Orlando Arcia rips a double with one out. He tries to steal third with Rodriguez at the plate and got thrown out. Then, Rodriguez singles to center. He tries to steal second and was out tor the final out of the inning.  Ugh.

I am not a person who goes…well, the game would have been tied. It doesn’t work that way. The pitcher would have been approaching the hitter differently with a runner at second and one out as opposed to two outs and the bases loaded. Completely different situations calling for completely different pitches.

And they did it again. The Rattlers got the tying run on base in the ninth inning. I going to be able to make a weekly series out of the close calls of the 2013 Timber Rattlers.

I really thought Max Walla had tied the game. He cracked a pitch to right-center that looked like it would drop and roll to the wall to drive Victor Roache in from second. Alas, it was not to be.

The Timber Rattlers are now six games behind Clinton with 12 to play. For this to have a happy ending, the LumberKings are going to need to be the ’64 Phillies and the Rattlers will need to be the ’64 Cardinals.

Rage against the dying of the light. Get them on Thursday.

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