Work on in despair – Postgame post for August 24, 2013

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair. – Edmund Burke

Runner at third with one out in the bottom of the fifth and the infield playing on the grass.

Runner at third with one out in the bottom of the fifth and the infield playing on the grass.

Kane County 5
Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Game Story

I was thinking about some features that I would like to do for the blog and the website for the offseason. One of my ideas was Top Ten Tuesday. One of those Top Ten lists is going to be Top Ten Ways Oliver Zapata has KILLED the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

No. Seriously. This guy has gutted the Rattlers at least ten ways over the last two seasons. On Saturday night, he threw out Victor Roache at the plate in the second inning. That was the inning where the Timber Rattlers had three straight hits and didn’t score a run. Then, Zapata tripled with two outs in the top of the seventh to drive in the tying run. He scored the go ahead run moments later.

Preston Gainey threw a lot of pitches in five innings. He had 86 pitches (57 for strikes), but he worked around a three hits, a couple of walks, and an error to allow just one run. In his last four games (2 starts, 2 relief appearances), Gainey has allowed three runs on 14 hits with six walks and 19 strikeouts over 17-1/3 innings. He is 0-1 in those last four appearances.

Another Top Ten Tuesday feature is going to be a look at the Top Ten Times the Rattlers got the go-ahead/winning run to the plate in a game they trailed by more than one run heading into their last at bat. That may be a little wordy. I’ll need to work on it. But, it happened again on Saturday night. Down by two with one out, Alfredo Rodriguez singles and Michael Reed draw his third walk of the game. But, they were left stranded when the game ended.

Orlando Arcia struck out to start the ninth inning. It had been 26 plate appearances since his last strikeout. Top Ten Strikeout Free Streaks of Orlando Arcia? Does that sound like a good list? The Stat Keepers track of Lowest Total Plate Appearance:Strikeout Radio. Here are the top three Midwest Leaguers:

Breyvic Valera (Peoria) – 18.62
Maxx Tissenbaum (Fort Wayne) – 13.20
Orlando Arcia (Wisconsin) – 12.03

That would be one strikeout for every 12.03 plate appearances….for a kid who has been 18 most of the year.

Parker Berberet with three more hits on Saturday night. He caught his fourth consecutive game and had three hits. He’s doing the job behind the plate and at the plate.

You may have noticed that Chris McFarland pinch hit for Garrett Cooper in the bottom of the seventh inning. The report I got after the game was that Cooper had a bruised thumb and was having trouble gripping his bat. That’s all I have right now.

The playoff chase:
Clinton had a lead late at Beloit, but lost 7-4.
Peoria was down 1-0 in the bottom of the third and lost by that same score.

The Rattlers are still four games behind Clinton and one game behind the Chiefs. The could have picked up ground. But, they didnt.

sigh

Get them tomorrow…with Wisconsin’s Rodolfo Fernandez making his first professional start.

Saturday’s Highlights…Featuring a lot of dancing and not a lot of baseball *SIGH*:

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