Liddi hit a grand slam for the second straight day on Thursday, lifting the Mariners to a 10-5 win over the Angels.On Wednesday he hit one in a 9-4 win over the Dodgers. He’s hitting .364 in eight at-bats with the two home runs and team-high eight runs batted in.Thursday’s homer came with two outs in the fifth inning on a 2-1 pitch from Ryan Chaffee of the Angels.“I heard the fans say, ‘Do it again,’ ” Liddi said. “But I was just trying to do something over second base to get some RBIs for the team. What happened (the home run), I wasn’t trying to do it.”That he did, however, is sure to blow up his phone even more.He said he got numerous calls, texts and Facebook messages from friends and family in Italy after his slam against the Dodgers. (He hit another home run against the Dodgers in a B game on Tuesday that doesn’t count in his stats, but means that the has unofficially homered in three straight games.)
Yeah. That’s a couple of good days.
Ex-Rattlers for the Brewers in that game:
Dan Merlinkger (’09): IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
Cody Scarpetta (’09): IP, 2H, R, 0BB, K
Michael Fiers (’09): .2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
Milwaukee is playing the Athletics today at 2:05pm CST. Yovani Gallardo is on the mound to start the game. No word on any former Rattlers on the big league roster for today. Check the Timber Rattlers twitter account later today. Or, listen in on the Brewers free live webcast when the game starts.
The announcement regarding the Brewers Sundays Jerseys for 2011 will be made in about 30 minutes.
It will be made over at the main website, but I will have the images here.
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will be wearing a piece of their parent club’s history – with a local twist – during Sunday games at Time Warner Cable Field this season. In 2011, the Rattlers go back to the era when Hank Aaron and Robin Yount were teammates by wearing jerseys based on the home jerseys of the 1975 Milwaukee Brewers.The white jerseys with blue and gold trim will have “RATTLERS” written across the chest in the original font of the 1975 Brewers. The team will wear these jerseys as part of Brewers Sundays during the 2011 season.
From Sports Illustrated: This is how those 1975 jerseys looked on Hank Aaron:
The production crew was busy. They have put together videos for the various special seating areas around Time Warner Cable Field. You may check them all out right here.
Here are the videos for the All-You-Can-Eat Section and the Miller High Life Home Run Porch.
Gaze upon the archetypes of Pitching, Hitting, Running, and Fielding from the cover of the 1978 Appleton Foxes Program:
Since Dan Wilson’s reign as the regular catcher ended in 2004, the M’s have searched far and wide for someone to establish himself at that vital position.Miguel Olivo, version 1.0, wasn’t the answer after coming to Seattle as the centerpiece of the Freddy Garcia trade near the 2004 deadline. Kenji Johjima, signed out of Japan before the 2006 season, looked like the answer after a rookie season in which he hit .291 with 18 homers and 76 runs batted in — Benchesque numbers compared to Seattle’s more recent output from the position.Johjima’s Seattle stint lasted through four seasons of ever-diminishing production and playing time before he opted out of his contract after the 2009 season, amid constant talk that M’s pitchers didn’t like throwing to him.Jeff Clement, the No. 3 overall pick in the talent-laden 2005 draft (taken in lieu of Troy Tulowitzki, their expected choice), flamed out on the way to his expected inheritance of the job. For the past two years, the M’s have employed a hodgepodge of young and old catchers, none seizing the position.Which brings us to Adam Moore, who succeeded Clement in the “heir apparent” role. But last season, instead of cementing Moore as the regular, turned out to be a year of struggles and frustration that has left his future, like so many of his predecessors, in doubt.“It just flat-out wasn’t the year I wanted,” said Moore.And now Moore is at Mariners camp trying to re-establish himself as a catching contender. But the circumstances have changed dramatically, with the Mariners opting in early January to give Olivo a two-year, $7-million contract for a second stint in Seattle. There’s no question that Olivo, currently sidelined with a strained groin, is the team’s No. 1 catcher.
Head over and read it all.
I saw this not on twitter the other day and just remembered to go back and look at it. Adrian Rosario (’10) was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft. Here is a note from the Orioles Insider blog at The Baltimore Sun.
The only other subject, aside from the update about which hand specialist examined Derrek Lee’s wrist today, was the performance of Rule 5 draft pick Adrian Rosario. The ninth inning didn’t go well, and [Buck] Showalter didn’t hide the fact that it will be almost impossible to consider keeping Rosario on the major league roster. If a Rule 5 draftee does not make the club, he must be waived through the rest of the major leagues and offered back to his original club — in this case, the Milwaukee Brewers.
The ninth inning which is brought up happened on March 8. The O’s led the Philles 3-2. Rosario pitched the eighth without incident, but he faced four batters in the bottom of the ninth and allowed the Phillies to score two runs for a 4-3 win.
Head over to Bernie’s Crew for their fourth podcast.I don’t know why, but they talk to me at the very end.
The gang also handles questions in their mailbag, the starting rotation for the Brewers and various other topics.
Don’t forget that Prospect Madness continues over there.
Today’s matchups are:
In Cactus League play yesterday, the Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-8.
Ex-Rattlers in the game for Milwaukee:
Martin Maldonado (’09): 0-for-1
Wily Peralta (’09): 2IP, 3H, 2R, BB, 2K