April 2014

Postgame Post – April 22, 2014

Timber Rattlers 1
Burlington 2
Boxscore | Game Story

So close

So close

A few quick things:

That picture is Francisco Castillo’s line drive to right in the top of the eighth.  Steve Halcomb is at second base with the tying run and there are two outs.  I thought the ball might get over the head of the right fielder, but Mendoza made a heck of a play for the final out.

The key inning for the Rattlers offense tonight was the sixth.  They had four hits and a stolen base (should be two).  Burlington’s pitcher Ryan Etsell had a balk and a wild pitch.  Yet, the Rattlers managed just one run.

Let’s look at the key plays within that sixth inning.  Johnny Davis is at second base with no outs.  I was a bit shocked when he tagged on the fly ball to shallow right off the bat of Francisco Castillo.  I was even more shocked when he beat the throw with a head first dive into third base.

HOWEVER, his momentum carried him past the bag and he would have been easily tagged out had he just tried to get back to the bag.  So, he got up and took off for the plate.  The Bees made three throws in the rundown, which is probably three more than they wanted to make, before getting Davis for the second out.

OF COURSE, McFarland singled on the very next pitch.  It’s frustrating and it seems to happen a lot, but My theory is that you just can’t say that a batter would have done that exact same thing had the runner not been thrown out.

The pitcher is going to make different pitches with a runner at third and one out than he would with nobody on and two outs.  I’m probably using this wrong, but if the transitive property is horrible in predicting scores of games (Team A beat Team B by ten points.  Team B beat Team C by 20 points.  Therefore, Team A would beat Team C by 30 points), then the transitive property would be especially horrible in predicting how a particular play would have happened.

McFarland steals second and is there with two outs as Clint Coulter hits a grounder to left.  McFarland is running hard on contact, but the shortstop Erick Salcedo makes a great stop to keep the ball from getting to the outfield.  McFarland realized he was too far around third but it was too late and HE got caught in a rundown.  Frustrating, I know.  But, McFarland was hustling and you hav to tip the cap to Salcedo for a fine defensive play.

Barrett Astin with a real tough loss.  The three straight singles to load the bases to start the bottom of the third inning were a line drive just over the glove of Stephen Halcomb at second, a shallow flair to right that dropped, and a bunt up the third base line that was a sacrifice attempt that turned into a hit because of what appeared to be miscommunication.  Astin fielded the ball and turned to throw to third for a force out.  But, no one was covering the base.

Astin got the first out on a foul pop.  And the Rattlers just missed turning an inning ending double play.

I’m not sure why Jose Pena threw into second as hard as he did on the single by Aguilera in the bottom of the fourth.  The ball was hit out to Pena on a line and he made a nice play to get it on one hop with his backhand.  Aguliera wasn’t even thinking about second base.  But, Pena fired it in over the cutoff man and over Halcomb and Aguilera wound up at third base by the time the Rattlers got the ball.  Bemboom drove in the unearned run with a single and that turned out to be the run that was the difference in the game.

Rattlers made a switch to their rotation before Tuesday’s game.  Tristan Archer has been moved out of the tandem with Astin and will make the start in the series finale against the Bees on Thursday.  Preston Gainey was the scheduled starter for Thursday, but is going to miss his start this time through the rotation.

Anthony Banda is still scheduled to start tomorrow night against the Bees.

I really like coming to Community Field….BUT, the Rattlers are 2-9 in their last eleven games here.

No highlights tonight.  But, I want to try something different tonight.  If it works, I will post it in the morning.  If it doesn’t….let us never speak of this again.

Get ’em tomorrow.

Lineup and Game Notes – April 22, 2014

Game two of a four game series in Burlington, Iowa.

April 22 2014 Community Field Pregame



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

Tuesday’s Lineup:

April 22 2014 Lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Barrett Astin
Burlington Bees Starting Pitcher: Ryan Etsell

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes April 22 2014

Lineup & Game Notes for April 21, 2014

Don’t worry, folks.  That tarp will be off the field by the time I post this to the internet.

April 21 2014 Burlington Tarp



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

Monday’s Lineup:
Johnny Davis – CF
Francisco Castillo – RF
Chris McFarland – 2B
Clint Coulter – C
Jose Pena – DH
David Denson – 1B
Taylor Brennan – 3B
Angel Ortega – SS
Omar Garcia – LF

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Tyler Alexander
Burlington Bees Starting Pitcher: Elliot Morris

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes April 21 2014

Postgame Post – April 19, 2014

Rattlers head into Easter with a win over the Loons.

Great Lakes 2
Wisconsin 5
Boxscore | Game Story | Gameday

Pregame interview with Brad Golder, radio announcer for the Loons. We talk about some of the 16 sons of former major leaguers who have played with the Loons, West Bend, Wisconsin native Paul Hoenecke, and the Loons in general:

The Rattlers were 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position on Saturday.

Quintana, Fernandez, and Martin all threw well.

The defense played really well.  Pay particular attention to the play by McFarland and the play by Brennan in the highlights at the bottom of the post.

Also, watch the hit by Jose Pena to put the Rattlers in front.  It’s in the highlights.  Keep in mind that he hit that pitch on a 2-2 count.  Pretty decent piece of hitting by Pena.

This series of photos from Ann Mollica capture the Pena 2-run single:





I have to run.  Have a great Easter, all.  Back on Monday from Burlington, Iowa.

Video Highlights:

Lineup and Game Notes – April 19, 2014

A great day for baseball in Northeastern Wisconsin!

Watch out for Flying Bratwurst.

But, watch out for Flying Bratwurst.



Timber Rattlers Lineup:

Lineup April 19 v Great Lakes

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Zach Quintana
Great Lakes Starting Pitcher: Greg Harris

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes April 19 2014
Great Lakes Game Notes: Loons 2014 game notes 0419

Postgame Post – April 18, 2014

This is going to have to be fast.  Quick turnaround for tomorrow’s 1:05pm game.

Great Lakes 7
Wisconsin 6
Boxscore | Game Story | Game Day

Pregame interview with Johnny Davis:

Photos – taken by Ann Mollica – of Johnny Davis making his catch in the 3rd inning against Brandon Trinkwon:

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Prepare for takeoff


That's awesome....Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

That’s a catch!

Video of Johnny Davis making his catch in the 3rd and another in the 4th:

Both of those are kind of ridiculous, yes?

Most of the points I would have made here I made in the game story.  But, in case you don’t want to click that link:

Left On Base:
GL – 11
WI – 9

Batting with Runners in Scoring Position:
GL – 4-for-18
WI – 2-for-17

Also, the Rattlers had seven hits in the first inning.  Five hits over the final eight.

Game Highlights:

Lineup and Game Notes – April 18, 2014


April 18 2014 On Field



TELEVISION: MyNEW 32’s Sports Showdown. Pregame at 6pm

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

April 18 2014 Lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Preston Gainey
Great Lakes Loons Starting Pitcher: Luis Chirinos

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes April 18 2014
Great Lakes Loons Game Notes: Loons 2014 game notes 0418

Postgame Post – April 17, 2014

Great Lakes 4
Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Game Story | Game Day

Pregame Interview with Lance Roenicke:

A few things:

Rattlers stranded ten base runners and were 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

Johnny Davis went 4-for-4, the first 4-hit game by a Timber Rattler in 2014.  He laced the triple into the corner.  I told you he could drive the baseball and it’s not just bunting.

Sloppy defense in the fifth inning gave Great Lakes some runs they probably shouldn’t have had.

This Victor Diaz & Anthony Banda tandem looked really good tonight.  They combined for 8.0IP, 4H, 1R, 2BBs, & 6Ks

David Denson hit the ball on the button…again…  Were I a better photographer and/or had I set the camera properly, the photo below would be clearer and you might see the vapor trail behind the ball as it streaked to the glove of the second baseman for the final out of the seventh inning.  There were runners at first and second and the Rattlers were down 4-2 at the time.




I thought Coulter’s flyball in the ninth had a chance….But, not this day.

Game two is Friday night.


Lineup and Game Notes – April 17, 2014

Question:  What does a team that has won four in a row work on the day after a doubleheader sweep?

Answer: Bunt defense!

Bunt Defense 4 17 14

OF Michael Ratterree transferred from Wisconsin to Huntsville
C Paul Eshleman transferred from Helena to Wisconsin

Updated Timber Rattlers Roster: 4 17 2014 Timber Rattlers Roster



Timber Rattlers Game One Lineup:

April 17 Lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Victor Diaz
Great Lakes Starting Pitcher: Victor Arano

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes April 17 2014

Postgames post – April 16, 2014

Pregame interview with Chris McFarland:

Game 1 (8 innings):

Lansing 7
Wisconsin 10
Boxscore | Game Story | Game Day

Game 1 Walkoff Photos from Ann Mollica….I can’t tell if they are celebrating or trying to stay warm.






Between games interview with Matt Erickson:

Game 2:

Lansing 0
Wisconsin 1
Boxscore | Game Story | Game Day

I was terrible tonight.  In everything…and I don’t want to risk making anything worse in the post.  But, the Rattlers won two games to move to 8-4.  I’ll be better tomorrow.

Video Highlights Game 1:

Video Highlights Game 2:

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