Postgame Post for June 10, 2014

ELATION!

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Heartbreak.

Beloit 9
Wisconsin 6
(17 innings)
Boxscore | Game Day | Game Story

Brennan is greeted at the dugout after his game-tying grand slam. It happened so long ago it feels blurry and out of focus:

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Most of what I needed to say is in the game story. Click that link up top for the details…but, to give you the main point:

The Wild Card leading Burlington Bees lost 4-2 at Clinton. The Quad Cities River Bandits won 6-2 at Cedar Rapids. The Peoria Chiefs were rained out in their home game against Kane County. The Bees and River Bandits are now tied for the Wild Card at 34-30. Peoria is 33-30 and a half game behind the Bees and River Bandits. The Timber Rattlers could have moved closer in the playoff chase had they scratched a run across after tying the game for their eighth straight win. But, it was not to be for Wisconsin as they fell back to the .500 mark and remain two games out of the Wild Card spot.

…with five games to play.

Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
Clint Terry:

Matt Erickson:

The call that Jon and Matt discuss is the play in the bottom of the 14th.  Francisco Castillo at first is running and Rafael Neda sends a sharp grounder near Castillo.  Castillo avoided getting hit by the ball a slid into second.  Pan, the second baseman, fielded the ball and  flipped to Mercedes, the shortstop covering the bag.  Mercedes threw on to first to get Neda and it looked like Castillo would be on second with one out.  The umpire had ruled “safe” in that the ball missed Castillo, but called him out at second on the force play and Neda out at first on the double play….Eshleman followed with a double to the gap in left center….but was left stranded.

Want to see that play on the replay again?…Be there in a bit, TWC SportsChannel on demand.

I was told that the Highlights would take 1000 hours to upload to YouTube tonight. I will try to remember to add those highlights in the morning.

Meanwhile….we have a new #1 for the longest game in Timber Rattlers history. Here’s the old list…The scary coincidence is the #3 on that list…which is now #4

3.) May 20, 2010: The Peoria Chiefs beat the Rattlers 9-6 in fifteen innings in a game that took 5:06 in Grand Chute. This game…. The reason Wisconsin made it to extra innings was a three-run bottom of the ninth to tie the game 4-4. They tying run scored on a wild pitch. Peoria scored a run in the top of the twelfth. Wisconsin scored a run in the bottom of the twelfth on an error by the left fielder. Peoria ran out of pitchers and had to turn to catcher Mario Mercedes in the bottom of the fourteenth. Scooter Gennett singled with two outs and stole second base. Khris Dennis followed with a single to right, but Scooter was thrown out at home plate by Nelson Perez. In the top of the fifteenth, Peoria sent nine men to the plate and scored four runs off Andy Sauter. All four runs came with two outs and the Rattlers were down 9-5. In the bottom of the fifteenth, Wisconsin loaded the bases with one out against Mercedes. D’Vontrey Richardson drove in a run to make it 9-6. Peoria went to Larry Suarez for one out and he struck out Cutter Dykstra to end the game, the longest game – by time – in Timber Rattlers history.

Nathan Baliva loves to bring up Mario Mercedes about five times a season and three more times in the offseason…I hate him so much for that.

Get ‘em tomorr….get ‘em today.

Time for go to bed….or I’m just gonna lay down in my office here for a minute or two….later.

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