April 2014

Game Notes & Game One Lineup – April 30, 2014

No tarp! No rain! What do you say, Ernie?

Let's play two today!

Let’s play two today!

The team even got in some work on the field today!

April 30 Pregame On Field

Broadcast Information:

Radio: AM1280, WNAM (Both Games)
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio (Both Games)
Internet Video: MiLB.TV (Both games)
Television: MyNEW 32’s Sports Showdown (Game two)

Game One Lineup:

April 30 Game one lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher (Game 1):  Victor Diaz
Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher (Game 2): Anthony Banda

Burlington Bees Starting Pitcher (Game 1): Clint Sharp
Burlington Bees Starting Pitcher (Game 2): Mike Clevinger

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes April 30 2014

Brick says, “Hello.”

Time for a visit from our friend Brick, the Bad Weather Hating Bactrian

Brick, the Bad weather Hating Bactrian is very angry with this weather.

Brick, the Bad weather Hating Bactrian is very angry with this weather.

Mehring would post a photo or something, but …. Oh, Perry the Postponement Penguin has something to say.

Sorry, folks, park's closed.  Moose outside shoulda told ya.

Sorry, folks, park’s closed. Moose outside shoulda told ya.

What I think that means is Monday’s game was called due to rain. Doubleheader on Tuesday. Game one starts at 5:05pm.

Hopefully, it doesn’t look like this:

April 28 rainout

Anyhow…here are the details.

And here is a picture of the home field of the Timber Rattlers when it’s nice out…

Recycled. Sorry. Running late.

Recycled. Sorry. Running late.

Lord, let it be nice again soon.

Lineup and Game Notes for April 27, 2014

I really, hate this place….but why does it have to look so peaceful on a Sunday morning?

Calm before the storm...Eye of the hurricane...etc, etc, etc.

Calm before the storm…Eye of the hurricane…etc, etc, etc.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

RADIO: AM1280, WNAM
INTERNET AUDIO:  I Heart Radio

Game time is 1:00pm.  Pregame Show at 12:40pm

Today’s Lineup:

Lineup April 27 at Kane County

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Barrett Astin
Kane County Starting Pitcher: Jen-Ho Tseng

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes April 27 2014

Postgame Post – April 26, 2014

I hate this place.

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Before

After

After

 

Timber Rattlers 4
Kane County 5
Boxscore | Timber Rattlers Game Story | Kane County Game Story

Barrett Astin is the starting pitcher on Sunday.  He sat down for this interview before Saturday’s game.

Keep your eyes on @MiLB or @jake_seiner.  Jake talked with Taylor Williams after the game for an article on MiLB.com…and why not!

Williams was pretty darn good on Saturday afternoon.  He allowed one hit, walked one, and hit one – all in the second inning.  Williams retired the final ten batters he faced.  He struck out six, including the final four batters he faced.

I saw mainly 91s and 92s.  There may have been one 93 in there.

Today was the 17th time Kane County has recorded a walkoff win over the Timber Rattlers in this ballpark since 1995.  If you were listening to the game, now you realize why I was saying not to put the game in the win column until the final out.  That final out never got here on Saturday.

I was watching Forensic Files last night and one of the people talking about accident recreations mentioned that it’s almost never one thing that causes an accident.  It’s a series of things that have to happen in a particular order before that accident happens.

There was the error that put the leadoff batter on base.  Instead of one out and none on, the leadoff batter is on base.  Walk, Single, Run, Pitching Change.  Error on missed catch on pickoff play. Popup.  4-pitch Walk, 4-pitch Walk, Run. K.  Single. Two Runs. Game over.

I did a quick Win Expectancy Chart for the 9th inning through this website.

April 26 2014 9th inning win probability

The Cougars had a less than 10% chance to win the game heading into the 9th inning.  That means the Rattlers had a better than 90% expectancy to win the game.  The math gets uglier as the inning continues.

Clint Coulter with two more hits.  He is on a 6-game hitting and is 10-for-23 during the streak.

Rafael Neda also had two hits in Saturday’s game.  He also drove in two runs for the Rattlers.

Here is how Williams wrapped up his outing:

And here’s how the Cougars beat the Rattlers:

Get ‘em tomorrow.

 

Lineup and Game Notes – April 26, 2014

Oh, look…The Cougars have a ‘W’ Flag for games that they win.

Yep. That is a thing that happens.

Yep. That is a thing that happens.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

RADIO: AM1280, WNAM
INTERNET AUDIO:  I Heart Radio

Game time is 1:00pm.  Pregame Show at 12:40pm

Today’s Lineup:
April 26 at Kane County
Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Taylor Williams
Kane County Starting Pitcher: Duane Underwood

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes April 26 2014

Postgame Post – April 25, 2014

Timber Rattlers 4
Kane County 8
Boxscore | Game Story

Rodolfo Fernandez on the mound for the Rattlers.

Rodolfo Fernandez on the mound for the Rattlers.

Michael Ratterree Pregame Interview:

Gotta make this quick.  Day game tomorrow and these game notes aren’t going to write themselves….well, they never have before…I don’t think they will this time.

Wisconsin hitters in the last two games: 22 strikeouts. 3 Walks.

The defense wasn’t charged with an error on Friday.  BUT, there was a grounder that could have been an inning ending double play in the second inning that would have kept the Cougars from scoring in that inning.  Instead, Wisconsin only got one out and two runs would score in the inning.

Welcome Back, Michael Ratterree.  Double & Homer in his first game back with the Rattlers after a trip to the Southern League.

Clint Coulter hit his first triple of the season.  He has five doubles, a triple, and four homers this season.  Ten of his 19 hits are for extra bases.

Coulter has also matched his season high hitting streak at five games.  He is 8-for-19 during this streak.

Gotta run.  Sleep fast, Rattlers fans.

Lineup, Game Notes, and Transactions for April 25, 2014

The sun is out and the Rattlers are ready to take on the first place Kane County Cougars:

April 25 Fifth Third Bank Ballpark

Today’s Transactions:
Outfielder Michael Ratterree transferred from Huntsville to Wisconsin
Catcher Paul Eshleman placed on Wisconsin’s disabled list

Updated Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Roster: 4 25 2014 Timber Rattlers Roster

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

RADIO: AM1280, WNAM
INTERNET AUDIO:  I Heart Radio

Game time is 6:30pm.  Pregame Show at 6:10pm

Tonight’s Lineup:

April 25 Lineup at Kane County

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Zach Quintana
Kane County Starting Pitcher: Daury Torrez

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:  RattlersGameNotes April 25 2014

Lineup and Game Notes – April 24, 2014

By the way, last night was win #214 for Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson.  The franchise record for career wins by a manager is #215.

Can you...

Can you spot the Timber Rattlers in this picture?  There are two.

 

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

RADIO: AM1280, WNAM
INTERNET AUDIO:  I Heart Radio
INTERNET VIDEO: MiLB.TV

Game time is 11:30am.  Pregame Show at 11:10am

Today’s Lineup:

Lineup April 24 at Burlington

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Tristan Archer
Burlington Bees Starting Pitcher: Michael Clevinger

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes April 24 2014

Lineup, Game Notes, and Transactions – April 23, 2014

Annnnnddd a tarp going on the field in Burlington:

We should be good for game time tonight.

We should be good for game time tonight.

Timber Rattlers Transactions:
RHP Preston Gainey has been placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 21
LHP Tyler Linehan has been reinstated from the disabled list and is active for tonight’s game

Updated Timber Rattlers Roster: 4 23 2014 Timber Rattlers Roster

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

RADIO: AM1280, WNAM
INTERNET AUDIO:  I Heart Radio
INTERNET VIDEO: MiLB.TV

Game time is 6:30pm.  Pregame Show at 6:10pm

Tonight’s Lineup:
Johnny Davis – CF
Chris McFarland – 2B
Clint Coulter – DH
Jose Pena – RF
Taylor Brennan – 3B
Rafael Neda – C
Paul Eshleman – 1B
Angel Ortega – SS
Omar Garcia – LF

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Anthony Banda
Burlington Starting Pitcher: Clint Sharp
Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes April 23 2014

Tuesday’s game in a little over eight minutes

Here’s the link to the Post Game Post for Wednesday’s game.

At the end of that post, I said that I wanted to try something different.

Tuesday’s game in eight minutes:

That’s different.  It also took a lot longer than I thought that it would.

Here’s the infield single by Johnny Davis in the top of the sixth that is described in the condensed game….The ball bounced so high, it is out of the photo:

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