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Lineup & Game Notes – June 27, 2014

Home is such a gorgeous sight!

June 27 ballparkGame time tonight is at 7:05pm

Broadcast Information:
Radio:
AM1280, WNAM – Pregame 6:45pm
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio
Internet Video: MiLB.TV
Television: MyNEW 32 Sports Showdown – Pregame at 7:00pm

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

June 27 lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Clint Terry
Burlington Bees Starting Pitcher: Garrett Nuss

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes June 27 2014
Burlington Bees Game Notes: Burlington Notes 627

Lineup and Game Notes – June 26, 2014

The work is never done!

Anthony Banda and Victor Diaz before Thursday's game.

Anthony Banda and Victor Diaz before Thursday’s game.

Game time tonight is 6:30pm at Kane County.

Broadcast Information:
Radio:
AM1280, WNAM – Pregame 6:10pm
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

June 26 lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Tristan Archer
Kane County Starting Pitcher: Daury Torrez

Still working?

Still working.

Still working.

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:  RattlersGameNotes June 26 2014

After tonight…The Team is coming home….They’re coming home:

Lineup and Game Notes – June 25, 2014

Look. The Sun rose this morning.

June 25 Ballpark

Game time today is 12:00pm.

Broadcast Information:
Radio:
AM1280, WNAM – Pregame 11:40am
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

June 25 Lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Anthony Banda
Kane County Starting Pitcher: Tyler Skulina

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes June 25 2014

Lineup & Game Notes – June 24, 2014

Feelin’ Good. Feelin’ Great!  Where are we?

Fifth Third Ballpark. Home of the Kane County Cougars, the Midwest League affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

Rattlers were 1-5 here in the first half.

Oh…I don’t care…It’s a NEW HALF! Play ball!

First pitch is at 6:30pm tonight

Broadcast Information:
Radio:
AM1280, WNAM – Pregame 6:10pm
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

June 24 Lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Preston Gainey
Kane County Starting Pitcher: Paul Blackburn

NOTE before the NOTES: Tyler Alexander was supposed to come on in relief on Sunday at Burlington.  Since the game was shortened to six innings, he didn’t get a chance.  He will be on in relief tonight and will pitch in relief when Williams starts on Saturday at home against Burlington.

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:  RattlersGameNotes June 24 2014

Postgame Post – June 22, 2014

Timber Rattlers 5
Burlington Bees 2
Boxscore | Game Story

From the game story:

Wisconsin has opened the second half of the 2014 Midwest League season by doing something no other Timber Rattlers team has ever done. In twenty seasons of Timber Rattlers baseball, no team had ever come into Burlington and swept a four-game series from the Bees…until this series.

In the words of that great philosopher Homer Simpson, WOO-HOO!

I don’t have anything to add, other than pictures.  Look how nice it was in the first inning!

Two runs scored on this sac fly/error combo.

Two runs scored on this sac fly/error combo.

The eternal struggle between Williams & Cayones.

The eternal struggle between Williams & Cayones.

This picture was taken out the visiting radio booth door after the top of the sixth.

This picture was taken out the visiting radio booth door after the top of the sixth.

Mendoza flew out to right for the final out of the sixth on this pitch.

Mendoza flew out to right for the final out of the sixth on this pitch.

I ran down to the press box door to take this photo right after the end of the sixth inning.

I ran down to the press box door to take this photo right after the end of the sixth inning.

 

When I started to take this picture, the players were watching the clouds.  By the time I took it, they were watching the tarp crew.

When I started to take this picture, the players were watching the clouds. By the time I took it, they were watching the tarp crew.

 

Step 1.

Step 1.

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Step 2

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Step 3

 

And then it rained.

And then it rained.

And then it was over.

Enjoy the off day on Monday.

Lineup and Game Notes – June 22, 2014

A great day for Sun Brewed Iced Tea and Timber Rattlers Baseball!

Light towers have many uses beyond their intended purpose!

Light towers have many uses beyond their intended purpose!

First pitch is at 2:00pm today…At least for now…Developing.

UPDATE:  They just put the tarp on the field because this was rolling in….

Ya think?!

Ya think?!

Broadcast Information:
Radio:
AM1280, WNAM – Pregame 1:40pm
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

June 22 Lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Taylor Williams
Burlington Bees Starting Pitcher: Victor Alcantara

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes June 22 2014

Postgame Post – June 21, 2014

Timber Rattlers 5
Burlington Bees 3
Boxscore | Game Story

It was fine for the Bees up until the moment this ball gets thrown into right field by the third baseman.

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Poor girl looking for her seat had to ask, “What happened?” for two innings before anyone told her.

Zach Quintana Pregame Interview:

Notes:
Taylor Brennan is now 4-for-7 with the bases loaded.  He has driven in eleven runs with the sacks full this season.

In Brian Loconsole’s previous five outings before Saturday, he had allowed two hits, two walks, and struck out twelve in 10-1/3 innings.  Wisconsin got to him for three runs on five hits and a walk over 1-1/3 innings.

The Rattlers had eight hits in Saturday’s game, but their average for the month of June actually went down…to .290.  Wisconsin is 14-3 in June and has outscored their opponents 101-73 in the month.

Overlooked at bats of the night: Jose Pena and Garrett Cooper with consecutive two-out singles in the top of the seventh.  Pena snuck a single through to left field to keep the seventh inning alive for the Rattlers.  Then, Cooper stepped in to face Loconsole.  Cooper had been 0-for-2 to that point of the game with two strikeouts.  He was down a couple of strikes with Pena at first base and fouled two two-strike pitches off to keep in there as he worked the count full.  Then, he lined a payoff pitch hard past the first baseman for a single to send Pena to third and set up the tying run on the botched force play depicted in the photo that leads off the post.

Photos:

The feet, the crosses, & the ribbon behind home plate are for Garrett's Path.  A very worthwhile charity in Burlington.

The feet, the crosses, & the ribbon behind home plate are for Garrett’s Path. A very worthwhile charity in Burlington.

Even this photo not being level doesn't take away from what a great night it was for baseball!

Even this photo not being level doesn’t take away from what a great night it was for baseball!

 

High Fives!

High Fives!

Game time on Sunday is 2:00pm!

 

 

Lineup & Game Notes – June 21, 2014

Let’s play one!

June 21 ballpark

First pitch is at 6:30pm tonight

Broadcast Information:
Radio:
AM1280, WNAM – Pregame 6:10pm
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

June 21 lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Barrett Astin
Burlington Bees Starting Pitcher: Garrett Nuss

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes June 21 2014

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.

Doubleheader Notes & Game 1 Lineup – June 20, 2014

Hey, Ernie! What do you say?

That was some storm last night! Let's look at some pictures!

That was some storm last night! Let’s look at some pictures!

Not exactly what I had in mind…but, okay.

Here are a series of photos taken at Community Field between 3:45 and 4:30 on Thursday…That would be last night.

6 19 before the rain and tarp

6 19 before the rain and tarp 2

6 19 tarp

6 19 tarp 2

6 19 rain

Here’s what it looks like today!  To borrow Ernie’s Line: Let’s play TWO today!

6 20 Ballpark
First pitch for game one is at 5:00pm tonight

Broadcast Information:
Radio:
AM1280, WNAM – Pregame 4:40pm
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio
Internet Video: MiLB.TV

Timber Rattlers Game One Lineup:

6 20 Lineup Game 1

Timber Rattlers Game One Starting Pitcher: Anthony Banda
Burlington Bees Game One Starting Pitcher: Ryan Etsell

Timber Rattlers Game Two Starting Pitcher: Zach Quintana
Burlington Bees Game Two Starting Pitcher: Clint Sharp

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes June 20 2014

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