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

The 2014 Intro Video

Great work by the production crew on putting together the 2014 Intro Video.  It starts with a 1995 song and works through a lot of old videos and photos to the current day.

Make sure to hit the full screen button and see how many players you can name.

 

 

I’m ready to play now. How about you?

Postgame Post – April 10, 2014

Wisconsin 3
West Michigan 0
Boxscore | Game Story | Gameday

Really nice win for the Timber Rattlers to take two of three from the Whitecaps.  I really need to ask the outfielders what they are doing.  Drop a hint in the comments if you know.

Outfielders celebration

What are they doing? I never know what they are doing.

Pregame interview with Rafael Neda:


Apologies for the wind conditions in that interview….If I were perfect, I would be boring…right?

HIGHLIGHTS:

Barrett Astin gets Ben Verlander to ground into a 4-6-3 double play in the eighth inning:


Jose Pena breaks the scoreless tie with hit RBI double in the top of the ninth:


Clint Coulter follows Pena with a two-run double in the ninth and the Rattlers are up 3-0:


Two wins in a row for the Timber Rattlers.  They go for three in a row when they face the South Bend Silver Hawks on Friday night at 6:35pm CDT.

 

 

 

 

 

Lineup and Game Notes – April 10, 2014

It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame in West Michigan!

Looks great, don't it?

Looks great, don’t it?

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

RADIO: AM1280, WNAM
INTERNET AUDIO:  I Heart Radio
INTERNET VIDEO: MiLB.TV *-This is the West Michigan feed

Game Time 11:00am CDT.  Pregame at 10:40am CDT

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

April 10 2014 Lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Tristan Archer
West Michigan Starting Pitcher: Chad Green

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes April 10 2014

Postgame Post – April 9, 2014

Timber Rattlers 6
West Michigan 1
Game Story | Boxscore | Game Day

Rattlers take the lead.

Rattlers take the lead.

 

The last week has been hard for reasons beyond baseball that I don’t want to get into here. There is a plan for post game posts this year because I just can’t spend an hour or 90 minutes writing it after games especially when there is an 8:00 am bus for a day game after a night game. But, it has just been tough.

A quick word about the odd play in the bottom of the seventh inning. Harold Castro stole second. Rafael Neda’s throw to second deflected off the glove of shortstop Angel Ortega and Castro took third base. Center fielder Omar Garcia got to the ball in right-center and lobbed the ball back to Ortega. It was a high lob without much on it. Castro saw this and tried to score. Ortega alertly threw a strike to Neda at the plate and Castro was retired.

That was the closest the Whitecaps came to scoring a run off Taylor Williams on Wednesday.

Once things do return to normal, there are some new things that I want to try for postgame and I believe that I have made the change that will allow me to post postgame interviews to the blog. But with the odd – and totally understandable – clubhouse setup in West Michigan for this series, I have not postgame interviews to share.  Just give me a little time, please.

So, Wednesday’s pregame interview with Chuckie Caufield will have to do, okay?


Would Tuesday’s interview with Whitecaps radio announcer Ben Chiswick be all right to share?


How about Sunday’s between games interview with Timber Rattlers team president Rob Zerjav?


Can I post an interview with Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers here, too?


I would also like to add highlights to a post for road games, but that is for another time.  Because the 8am bus is going to be here early and I still have to put together Thursday’s game notes.

Enjoy the win, Rattlers fans.  See you in the morning.

Lineup & Game Notes – April 9, 2014

Another beautiful day for baseball in West Michigan!

Another meeting, too.

Another meeting, too.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

RADIO: AM1280, WNAM
INTERNET AUDIO:  I Heart Radio
INTERNET VIDEO: MiLB.TV *-This is the West Michigan feed

Game Time 5:35pm CDT.  Pregame at 5:15pm CDT

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

Timber Rattlers Lineup April 9 2014

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Tyler Alexander
West Michigan Starting Pitcher: Kevin Ziomek

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:

Lineup & Game Notes for April 8, 2014

Rattlers (2-2) start the road trip in West Michigan against the Whitecaps (2-2).  The ballpark is ready…which is amazing when you consider what happened here in January.

April 8 2014 001

Bullpen before the game for a few pitchers:

April 8 2014 002

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

RADIO: AM1280, WNAM
INTERNET AUDIO:  I Heart Radio
INTERNET VIDEO: MiLB.TV *-This is the West Michigan feed

Game Time pushed back to 5:45pm CDT.  Pregame at 5:30pm CDT.

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

April 8 2014 Lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Zach Quintana
West Michigan Starting Pitcher: Jeff Thompson

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:RattlersGameNotesApril82014

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