A thing of beauty – Postgame post for August 22, 2013

A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness. – John Keats

Cooper's single to right drives in two runs and the Rattlers take a 6-5 lead.

Cooper’s single to right drives in two runs and the Rattlers take a 6-5 lead.

Wisconsin 8
Clinton 5
Boxscore | Game Story

Victor Roache homer tote board is at 21. This one was to a little to the right of straight away center:


And it wasn’t just the home run on Thursday night. There was the RBI double down the line in right, the RBI single up the middle, and the infield single where he beat out the throw to first base. Outstanding game for Roache.

Garrett Cooper with his TWELFTH multi-hit game and SIXTH multi-RBI game in 27 games with the Timber Rattlers. He is hitting .340 with 20 RBI in the Midwest League. Plus, a WEB GEM on a leaping grab of a liner for the final out of the seventh inning. He doesn’t make that catch, two runs score and there’s a runner on at least second base with the score of 8-7.

Scary situation in the third inning. DJ Peterson, the #1 pick of the Mariners in the 2013 draft, was hit in the face with a pitch by Jorge Lopez. He was down for a long time. The trainers for both teams were out to tend to Peterson and there was lots of blood on the towel. He needed to be carted off the field back to the clubhouse beyond the wall in left field.

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Like I said scary.

Here’s the play in the bottom of the sixth that started the rally. There was one out and none on base. The Rattlers were up 4-2. Gaby Guerrero’s grounder is just out of the reach of Cooper, who dove out to his right. However, Chris McFarland covered a lot of ground to get over and cleanly field the ball. He whirled and threw a strike to Lopez covering at first base. The throw had Guerrero by a step and a half. Lopez dropped the ball for a hit. The next batter hit a home run. The next batter grounded out for out number two. Then, the next batter homered.

Jono Armold came on and – thanks to Cooper’s leaping grab – tossed 2-1/3 scoreless innings.

Hobbs Johnson pitched the ninth inning and retired the side in order. He struck out two and walked none. Johnson, the 14th round pick of the Brewers in the 2013 draft, has pitched nine innings in five games with Wisconsin this season. He has allowed one run, walked four and struck out sixteen. His combined K:BB between Wisconsin and Helena is 23:4 in 17 innings. Not bad. #understatement

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Playoffs possibilities: Rattlers are five back of Clinton with eleven to play.

And as if that didn’t make it tough enough, the Rattlers need to finish a game in front of Clinton to claim the wild card spot. There is no playoff game if there is a tie at the end of the regular season. Clinton owns the tie-breaker (Head-to-Head).

But, as the Sam Cooke song goes, “Where there’s life there’s hope.”

Handshakes tonight:
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Get ’em tomorrow.

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