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

Lineup & Game Notes for Sunday, April 6, 2014

PLAY BALL!

April 6 2014 001

What do you say, Ernie?

Let's play two today!

Let’s play two today!

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

Timber Rattlers Game One Lineup:

April 6 Game 1 Lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitchers:
Game One: Anthony Banda
Game Two: Preston Gainey

Peoria Starting Pitchers:
Game One: Alex Reyes
Game Two: Chase Brookshire

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesApril62014Peoria Chiefs Game Notes: PeoriaApril6GameNotes

Lineup & Game Notes – April 5, 2014

After a crummy day and a cold night, the Sun is out and the Timber Rattlers are playing baseball today!  First pitch is at 1:05pm.  CDT.

April 5 2014 002

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

April 5 2014 Rattler Lineup

FOCUS! FOCUS!

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Barrett Astin
Peoria Chiefs Starting Pitcher: Silfredo Garcia

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesApril52014
Peoria Chiefs Game Notes: PeoriaApril5GameNotes

2014 Timber Rattlers Walkup Music

It’s time for the annual Walkup Music post!

This post is one of the most popular that I do on the blog.  I think that the main reason for the popularity if because it shows a personal and fun side to the players.

Taylor Williams fields a grounder on Thursday with Ready, Set, Roll still in his head.

Taylor Williams fields a grounder on Thursday with Ready, Set, Roll still in his head.

This is not a complete list since a few players haven’t turned in their songs yet, but I noticed a few questions on social media about a few of the songs…so…let the music play on, play on, play on…

Language warning on a few of these.

Position Players:

Taylor Brennan – This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan

Chris McFarland – Scandal of Grace by Hillsong United

Angel Ortega – Yo Soy De Aqui by Don Omar

David Denson – Big Poppa by Notorious B.I.G.

Clint Coulter – Days of Gold by Jake Owen

Omar Garcia – Suavamente by Elvis Crespo

Michael Ratterree – Drink In My Hand by Eric Church

Jose Pena – Remeneate by El Alfa

Johnny Davis – Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.

Steven Halcomb – The Stroke by Billy Squier

Pitchers:

Preston Gainey – Shadows by David Crowder

Barrett Astin – People Back Home by Florida Georgia Line

Tyler Alexander – Work by ASAP Ferg

Taylor Williams – Ready Set Roll by Chase Rice

Trevor Seidenberger – Kick It In the Sticks by Brantley Gilbert

Zach Quintana – Lowrider by War

Tristan Archer – Wherever I May Rome by Metallica

Eclectic doesn’t even begin to describe this as a mix tape.

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