Not with a bang – Postgame Post for August 30, 2013
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper. – TS Eliot
The Timber Rattlers have been shutout seven times this season. Friday was the first time they have been shutout at home since May 10 when Clinton shut them out 7-0 in the second game of a doubleheader.
All Five runs scored against Rodolfo Fernandez were unearned. He tried to make a play when he didn’t need to in the second inning and it cost him. In the third, he got the pitch he needed, but an error kept the inning alive. Then, he issued a walk and hit a batter to get a run home. It was 2-0.
Then, Fernandez had Carlos Correa down 0-2, but gave up a two run single. Terrell Joyce was down 0-2, too and he singled to drive in a run to make it 5-0. That was pretty much the ballgame.
Wisconsin had five hits. All hits came with two outs in an inning. Of the runners the Rattlers got on base in the game on Friday, only two reached with less than two outs: Max Walla reached on a one-out error in the fourth and was erased on a 4-6-3 double play. Michael Reed drew a leadoff walk in the sixth and was left stranded there when the inning ended.
Parker Berberet hit the ball hard twice. One deflected off the River Bandits pitcher and was turned into a 1-4-3 putout. One was a line drive right to the left fielder.
Victor Roache hit a ball in the sixth inning that would have been out of the ballpark on any other night of this homestand. In the first six games of this homestand the wind was blowing out to left or center. Tonight, it was blowing in from center, which is weird because it usually only does that in April. Roache cracked a towering drive to left-center that sounded like it would clear the wall to tie the franchise home run record. The wind held it up and the ball didn’t even make the warning track.
Mike Strong tossed five innings and struck out nine while walking two. Strong, in what will be his final appearance of the season, ran his K:BB ratio for the season to 98:45 in 87 innings.
Clinton won tonight and that – coupled with Wisconsin’s loss – eliminates the Rattlers from the playoff race. They made the LumberKings sweat down the stretch. But, in the end, that 0-6 start to the second half was something from which the Rattlers could never recover.
The King is dead. Long live the King.
Three games in Burlington are ahead. Then, this season will be no more.