Missed again – Postgame post for August 28, 2013
Well it feels like something you want so bad
And then you think you’ve got it, but it’s somethin’ you already had
And you can feel it all around you, but it’s somethin’ you just can’t touch – Phil Collins, Missed Again
The Timber Rattlers had their winning streak snapped at three games. Wisconsin has had four three-game winning streaks in the second half of the season. They have not won four consecutive games in the second half. Missed again.
The rehabilitation of Austin Ross continues apace. He has allowed four runs – three earned – over his last six innings. That’s 26 innings. On Thursday, he found his strikeout mojo with seven K’s and his velocity was up to 92 and 93. His next start is scheduled for Labor Day, the last day of the regular season, at Burlington.
Dustin Houle threw out three of four would-be Quad Cities base stealers on Wednesday. His throws were right on the bag, too. Really nice defensive work as he was catching his fourth straight game.
Tyrone Taylor’s double in the third inning gave him 33 on the season. He is in tenth place on the Timber Rattlers single season list for doubles. First place belongs to Bo Robinson (50 in 1999). But, with five games remaining, there is a possibility to move up the list. Scooter Gennett (39 in 2010) is #2 and John Castellano (34 in 2001) and Juan Silvestre (34 in 1999) are tied for 9th. Let’s see where Taylor winds up.
Mike Garza’s triple in the seventh inning was his ninth of the season. He’s tied with Chadwin Stang and Josh Womack for sixth on the single season list. It was also triple #51 of the season for the Timber Rattlers team. The team record for triples is 58 and was set by the 2010 Timber Rattlers.
Alan Williams, a lefty, got into trouble in the sixth and the eighth with a leadoff walk against a left-handed batter. Both times that leadoff walk scored.
Taylor Wall did what he has done so often this season. He came into the game in a tough spot and got the pitch he needed to get out of the inning. But, this time, the ball was misplayed into an error that let an inherited runner score. Still, out of 28 inherited runners, Wall has allowed only eight to score.
In the eighth and ninth innings, the Timber Rattlers hit three balls that sounded good off the bat. Alfredo Rodriguez and Orlando Arcia hit back-to-back flyouts to the track in left. Victor Roache with a line drive to the gap in right-center that was caught at the track. For some reason, the ball just didn’t carry on Wednesday.
The Peoria Chiefs gave up four home runs, had two runners thrown out at the plate, trailed 4-0 and 6-3, and had lost six games in a row. They managed to beat the Clinton LumberKings 7-6 in twelve innings…and outhit Clinton 23-13. That is amazing.
So, with five games remaining, the Timber Rattlers remain one game behind Clinton (31-34), a team that has lost seven straight games. Wisconsin (30-35) is only one game in front of Peoria (29-36).
The Best the Rattlers can do now is 35-35. Clinton only needs to finish at 35-35. The math is still hard. But, they get to start climbing up that hill again on Thursday night.