Postdoubleheader Post – Games of June 20, 2014

Game 1
Timber Rattlers 8
Burlington Bees 4
Boxscore | Game Story

Game 2
Timber Rattlers 4
Burlington Bees 1
Boxscore | Game Story

Pre-doubleheader Interview with Bees Broadcaster Michael Broskowski:

Between Games Interview with Timber Rattlers Hitting Coach Chuckie Caufield:

The Rattlers won two games on Friday at Burlington.  They were 2-7 at Burlington all of 2013.

Game 1 Starter:
Anthony Banda matched his career high for strikeouts in game as a professional as he picked up eight in five innings.

Game 2 Starter:
Zach Quintana on June 6: 1IP, 1H, 5R, 4BB, 0K …. no decision
Zach Quintana since 6/6: 8.1IP, 6H, 0R, 2BB, 8K …. two games and two wins

Game 1 Photos:

Garrett Cooper heads home after his three-run homer puts the Rattlers up 6-3.  The homer cleared the wall in center 403' from the plate.

Garrett Cooper heads home after his three-run homer puts the Rattlers up 6-3. The homer cleared the wall in center 403′ from the plate.

 

Banda with strikeout #8.

Banda with strikeout #8.

 

Rattlers celebrate after a confusing end to game one.

Rattlers celebrate after a confusing end to game one.

Game one ended on a foul pop behind first base.  The runner at first must have lost track of the number of outs because he was running on contact.  Cooper caught the ball behind first and the runners was 2/3 of the way to second base.  There was an easy flip to Trevor Seidenberger covering at first to close out the game with a FF3, 3-1 double play.

Game 2 Photos:

Quintana got a foul ball on this pitch.

Quintana got a foul ball on this pitch.

 

Paul Eshleman is about to throw out a runner at second by a lot....a lot.

Paul Eshleman is about to throw out a runner at second by a lot….a lot.

This is Ratterree's triple to drive in Castillo.  I'm not sure what I was going for in this shot.

This is Ratterree’s triple to drive in Castillo. I’m not sure what I was going for in this shot.

The contact play was not - repeat, NOT - on for this Coulter grounder flagged down by the shortstop with Ratterree at third.

The contact play was not – repeat, NOT – on for this Coulter grounder flagged down by the shortstop with Ratterree at third.

Got. Him. Swinging. Rattlers win.

Got. Him. Swinging. Rattlers win.

 

HIGH-FIVE!

HIGH-FIVE!

A couple of things:
Looking for insurance in the ninth, manager Matt Erickson had runners at first and third with no outs. He pulled out the safety squeeze with Angel Ortega at the plate. This is probably the fifth or sixth time the Rattlers have successfully run that play and got the result they have wanted. It was also the second time I had a feeling that they would run that play.

It cannot be stopped!

Also of note, the Rattlers did not commit an error in either game.

One last note.
I passed a personal milestone after game number one was in the books. That was game number 2000 since I took over as the Timber Rattlers radio announcer from Tim McCord for the 2000 season.

I missed a few games in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 for hockey because I was the announcer for the Green Bay Gamblers and playoffs would get in the way of some of those early season games. But, I haven’t missed a game since early in the 2003 season and that streak is at 1,725 straight games after both games were completed on Friday.

It’s just a number…and calling 2000 games (or to be more accurate with the doubleheader in the books 2001 games) in the Midwest League game probably isn’t that big of a deal. But, it means…something. I just don’t know what that is. I do know that I’m not done yet.

Here’s to a great start to the second half.

Thank you listening.

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