That was fun to watch!
Jorge Lopez (’13) earned the win in his Major League debut last night.
Sporting a fastball that touched 96 mph during a 1-2-3 opening inning that featured a pair of strikeouts, Lopez pitched through the fifth and was rewarded when Brewers shortstop Jean Segura hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the sixth.
Lopez, the 12th player this season to make his Major League debut for the Brewers, was the second (with Taylor Jungmann) to win his first big league start. He allowed three earned runs on eight hits in five innings, with two walks and seven strikeouts.
“It’s gonna work,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s a great fastball.”
Here’s Lopez as a Timber Rattler in 2013.
In 2013, Lopez appeared in 25 games – 22 starts – for the Rattlers. He went 7-8 with a 5.23 ERA. In 117 innings pitched with the Rattlers, Lopez walked 48 and struck out 92.
It should be “Three old programs are wonderful things”, but that title for this post would be a bad tie-in to one of the topics in the body of the post, as you will see in a moment.
A fan dropped off some old programs at the ballpark last week, but they weren’t Timber Rattlers programs or even Foxes programs.
The first two programs are Midwest League related in that they are the 1991 and 1992 Midwest League Yearbooks.
As always, click the image to enlarge.
Only two of the 14 teams on that 1992 program have the same name in 2015: The Kane County Cougars and the Peoria Chiefs. Please note that in 1992, it was the Quad City River Bandits and today it’s the Quad Cities River Bandits.
Also…The Rockford Expos really stretched to get the R into the Expos logo…and the Quad City Angels logo from 1991 is actually pretty nice.
There’s some good stuff inside both of those yearbooks (Ex: The 1991 Yearbook has an article on the final Wausau Timbers home game from the 1990 season). Believe that Flashback Friday will have material from both these sources.
The third has a Foxes/Timber Rattlers tie-in, but it has nothing to do with baseball. The cover of the program for the 1995 softball game between Bolton’s Bombers and Teague’s League that was held at Fox Cities Stadium.
The photo on the cover is from the 1994 game that was held at Goodland Field.
Some of the notable players on Teague’s League:
- Olympic Gold Medalist Dan Jansen
- Milwaukee Brewers GM Sal Bando
- Brewers Legends Cecil Cooper, Jim Gantner, Charlie Moore, and Robin Yount
- Packers Edgar Bennett, Ty Detmer, and John Jurkovic
- Green Bay television news anchor Tom Milbourn
- Green Bay morning radio host Murphy
There are some photos inside this program that will be shared at an appropriate time.
Time to review the 2015 season.
Click this document for the records in certain situations, team highs and lows, individual highs and lows, runs by inning, starts by position, starts by batting order, and various other things of interest.
A few things that stood out:
Wisconsin scored four or fewer runs in 99 out of 139 games.
Wisconsin allowed four or fewer runs in 81 out of 139 games
Wisconsin opponents had nine walkoff wins this season.
The Timber Rattlers were 13-31 in one run games
The Timber Rattlers offense reached double digits in runs one time in 139 games
The only inning in which the Rattlers outscored their opponents was the 5th (55-54)
In the first three innings of games, opponents outscored Wisconsin 232-154
The Timber Rattlers were 8-42 (34 games under .500) against Cedar Rapids, Kane County, and Quad Cities
The Timber Rattlers were 42-47 (Five games under .500) against the rest of the Midwest League
The Timber Rattlers did not have one player drive in more than three runs in a game in 2015
Elvis Rubio started 117 games in right field
Jake Gatewood led the Rattlers in games started at short (51) despite going to Helena for two months.
The Timber Rattlers had 14 different leadoff batters
The Timber Rattlers had 11 different cleanup batters
Carlos Leal batted cleanup 23 times to lead the team
David Denson, Elvis Rubio, & Dustin DeMuth each hit cleanup 22 times
Click on the link up top for the full story. Check my math, too…if you dare!
Here’s the view out my window today:
The renovation project is in full swing. Watch the progress live on the TimberRattlerTV!
Also, I will be taking some time off over the next few weeks. I’ll be posting on an irregular schedule between now and the last week in September, but there will be plenty of posts and information and stuff. Bring on the 2016 season!
Natanael Mejia (with Luis Aviles):
Kernels turn inning-ending 5-2-6 DP in bottom 8th: – .387
TJ White double in top 8th: – .255
Natanael Mejia single in bottom 7th: + .187
Mejia scores on WP in bottom 7th: + .186
Nick Anderson gets K to end game: – .162
Natanael Mejia: + .432
Jake Gatewood: + .261
Last home game of the year. Game time is 6:35pm.
Tonight’s Lineup: 09 4 15 STARTING LINEUPS
Postgame Interviews (Thank you, Kyle Lobner):
Luis Aviles double in bottom of 3rd: + .113
Josh Uhen Ks Brian Navarreto in top of 6th: + .062
Josh Uhen gets Austin Diemer to pop out in top of 6th: + .058
Brett Doe singles to load bases in top of 6th: – .056
Josh Uhen: + .278
Luis Aviles: + .152