To accomplish great things – Postgame Post for August 26, 2013

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. – Anatole France

August 26 2013 011

Kane County 2
Wisconsin 4
Boxscore | Game Story

Tyler Wagner gave up two runs in the second inning and nothing else. This got me thinking. Here is his ERA breakdown by inning:
1st: 4.88
2nd: 3.75
3rd: 3.38
4th: 4.50
5th: 1.71
6th: 2.08
7th: 0.00

He has pitched into the 7th inning seven times – five times as a starter.

Wagner was right around 91-92 on the gun, but he snapped off some great breaking stuff. The called third strike on Rock Shoulders in the fifth inning comes to mind. He’s had a great season. But, he’s not done yet. Next scheduled start for him is Saturday at Burlington.

Victor Roache smacked two singles through the infield in the game. The hardest hit ball he had in the game was his lineout in the eighth. It probably should have been a hit. But, the Cougars infield had a shift on against Roache and the second baseman was about two steps to the right of second base and playing on the outfield grass.

Roache’s legs came into play on the first Wisconsin run in the bottom of the second. He was running on a 3-2 pitch to Parker Berberet and scored when Berberet lined a double to the wall in left-center. Roache was caught stealing in the sixth inning, but he is 5-for-7 on stolen base attempts this season. The power is the main tool, but the base running helps.

Orlando Arcia saved a run and created a run. He made another spectacular diving stop of a hard grounder up the middle for the final out of an inning. It happened in the second inning on Sunday. It happened in the first inning to rob Shoulders of a two-out RBI on Monday. It was perfect.

Arcia singled in the fifth. Went to second on a wild pitch. Took third on slow grounder to short that the third baseman cut off to play to first. Then, with Adrian Williams at the plate, Kane County was playing for a squeeze. But, the starting pitcher apparently forgot that because when the catcher jumped out for a pitchout the pitcher stopped in the middle of his delivery for a balk. That scored the go-ahead run for the Rattlers.

Harvey Martin had struggled in his prior two appearances. He did not struggle on Monday. Two innings, one hit, two strikeouts, save number three.

Clinton and Beloit each lost their fifth straight game on Monday. Clinton’s loss was…well, here’s the play-by-play of Beloit’s sixth inning. The Snappers entered the inning trailing Clinton 5-3:

  • Ryan Mathews strikes out swinging.
  • Daniel Robertson strikes out swinging.
  • Chris Bostick singles on a ground ball to center fielder Janelfry Zorrilla.
  • Matt Olson singles on a ground ball to right fielder Alfredo Morales. Chris Bostick to 3rd.
  • John Wooten reaches on a fielding error by center fielder Janelfry Zorrilla. Chris Bostick scores. Matt Olson scores. John Wooten to 3rd.
  • Renato Nunez singles on a line drive to right fielder Alfredo Morales. John Wooten scores.
  • Brett Vertigan grounds into a force out, second baseman Brock Hebert to shortstop Martin Peguero. Renato Nunez out at 2nd.

That. Just. Happened.

So, the Rattlers are a game in front of Peoria and two games behind Clinton for the Wild Card with seven games remaining.

Ya Gotta Believe!

Handshakes! Handshakes for everyone!
August 26 2013 013

There was a problem with YouTube and uploading the highlights. If they are ready, I’ll put Monday’s highlights in Tuesday’s pregame post.

Sleep fast, Rattlers fans.

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