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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!

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Transactions:
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

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

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.

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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:

Doubleheader Notes and Game one Lineup – April 16, 2014

The “weather” is finally “cooperating” and there will be baseball tonight. In fact, what do you say, Ernie?

Let's play two today!

Let’s play two today!

Exactly.

Players on the Field!
April 16 catch

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

RADIO: AM1280, WNAM
INTERNET AUDIO:  I Heart Radio
INTERNET VIDEO: MiLB.TV
CABLE TV (Game one only): Time Warner Cable SportsChannel

Timber Rattlers Game One Lineup:

April 16 game one lineup

Timber Rattlers Game One Starting Pitcher: Taylor Williams
Timber Rattlers Game Two Starting Pitcher: Barrett Astin

Lansing Lugnuts Game One Starting Pitcher: Jairo Labourt
Lansing Lugnutes Game Two Starting Pitcher: Chase De Jong

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes April 16 2014
Lansing Lugnuts Game Notes: Lansing 4-16-14

Not Hoth, but an incredible simulation

Monday’s game with the Lansing Lugnuts has been postponed.

Go figure:

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If this keeps up, I’ll have to call on Carl or Brick…I really don’t want to do that.
 
Doubleheader on Wednesday.  Details here.
 
For your baseball fix, MiLB.com talked with Clint Coulter after Sunday’s two-homer, 4RBI game.   Here is a link to the article.

“Sandy [Guerrero]‘s always saying ‘suave,’ meaning ‘easy,’ and Jeremy [Reed]‘s always saying ‘easy power, let it come easy,’” Coulter said. “Me being a strong guy and an aggressive guy, I want to go get the ball, and that’s kind of counterintuitive to what hitting is about. You’ve got to let it come to you, so I’ve just been working on staying back and letting it come to me and let my power actually work, which I think is what’s been happening lately.”

More at the link.

You may be reminded of The Empire Strikes Back. But, for me another movie comes to mind. The Dirty Dozen is one the all-time greatest movies.  Today, Mother Nature is Major Reisman as played by Lee Marvin.  I am Posey as played by Clint Walker.  Our relationship is best dramatized in this scene:

 

 
STOP PUSHING, MOTHER NATURE!
 
Photos from around the ballpark today
 
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Postgame Post – April 13, 2014

Wisconsin 11
South Bend 7
Boxscore | Game Story

Rattlers go 4-2 on the road and head home.

Rattlers go 4-2 on the road and head home.

Pregame interview with Preston Gainey:


 

Coulter Homer #1:


Coulter Homer #2:


Brennan Homer:


Ratterree Homer:


McFarland Homer:


Castillo RBI Single in 8th for 8-7 lead:


Chris McFarland heads to the dugout after hitting Wisconsin's fifth homer of the day.

Chris McFarland heads to the dugout after hitting Wisconsin’s fifth homer of the day.

 

HOME RUN SUPER CUT:


Lineup and Game Notes – April 13, 2014

How far did Clint Coulter’s grand slam go on Saturday?  WNDU* has video.

Here’s the perspective from the fence at the back of the inflatables on the outfield concourse:

Coulter slam distance

That is a long way…Can you even see home plate from here?

Check out this article on Timber Rattlers outfielder Johhny Davis by Mike Woods in The Post-Crescent.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

RADIO: AM1280, WNAM
INTERNET AUDIO:  I Heart Radio

Game Time 1:05pm CDT.  Pregame at 12:45pm CDT

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

April 13 Timber Rattlers Lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Zach Quintana
South Bend Starting Pitcher: Austin Platt

You should read about Platt in this 2011 article, too.

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:  RattlersGameNotes April 13 2014

*-Why would a television station in South Bend, Indiana have those call letters?  It’s a mystery to which we may never know the answer.

Postgame Post – April 12, 2014

Wisconsin 6
South Bend 4
Boxscore | Game Story

Preston Gainey struck out eight on Saturday to set a new professional high in a single game.

Preston Gainey struck out eight on Saturday to set a new professional high in a single game.

 

INTERVIEW:
Pregame with David Denson:


HIGHLIGHTS:
Clint Coulter Grand Slam in the 3rd:


Preston Gainey Strikes Out the Side in the 4th:


Chris Razo Strikes Out Colin Bray. Earns First Pro Save:


Lineup and Game Notes – April 12, 2014

Timber Rattlers and Silver Hawks tonight at Four Winds Field

Five straight days of perfect weather on the road....by the way.

Five straight days of perfect weather on the road….by the way.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

RADIO: AM1280, WNAM
INTERNET AUDIO:  I Heart Radio

Game Time 6:05pm CDT.  Pregame at 5:45pm CDT

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

Lineup April 12 at South Bend

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Preston Gainey
South Bend Starting Pitcher: Blake Perry

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes April 12 2014

Postgame Post – April 11, 2014

Timber Rattlers 3
South Bend 4
Boxscore | Game Story

Click on the picture for a larger image and you will have a clearer idea of where the two Rattlers homer landed on Friday.

David Denson’s home run wound up to the left of the Batter’s Eye in center.  It landed a little short of the group of flag poles.

Michael Ratterree’s homer cleared the bleachers in left and made it to the Tiki Hut.

Yeah. That's a long way.

Yeah. That’s a long way…both of them

 

Ratterree heads home for a 3-0 lead.

Ratterree heads home for a 3-0 lead.

Long homers, but a 4-3 loss to the Silver Hawks.

Wisconsin has now lost seven straight to the Silver Hawks…and I only bring this up because I was asked to look it up….Matt Erickson is 1-9 against the Silver Hawks.  The Rattlers haven’t won over South Bend since July 18, 2011 when Brooks Hall picked up the win in a 9-3 victory at home.  Greg Hopkins hit two homers and Chadwin Stang hit one in that game.

INTERVIEW:
Pregame with Clint Coulter:


David Denson’s 2-run home run in the second:


Michael Ratterree’s solo home run in the third:


Coulter & Denson combine on 2-3-2 strike-’em out, throw-’em out double play to end the South Bend third:


Lineup and Game Notes – April 11, 2014

And now a GREAT DAY for baseball in South Bend!

Four Winds Field in South Bend, Indiana!

Four Winds Field in South Bend, Indiana!

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

RADIO: AM1280, WNAM
INTERNET AUDIO:  I Heart Radio

Game Time 6:35pm CDT.  Pregame at 6:15pm CDT

Timber Rattlers Lineup: (UPDATED)

Taylor Brennan is a late scratch.

This is the most recent lineup:
Omar Garcia – LF
Chris McFarland – 2B
Michael Ratterree – RF
Jose Pena – DH
Clint Coulter – C
David Denson – 1B
Steve Halcomb – 3B
Angel Ortega – SS
Johnny Davis – CF

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Anthony Banda
South Bend Starting Pitcher: Adam Miller

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes April 11 2014

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