Results tagged ‘ 2012 Highlights ’

The Day After & The Day Before

Game Two
Fort Wayne 5
Wisconsin 1
(Best-of-five Series tied 1-1)


Roundup of stories on Game Two:

The Post Crescent

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

The Journal-Gazette story notes that Travis Jankowski, the TinCaps leadoff hitter and center fielder is out for the rest of the playoffs:

Travis Jankowski suffered a rib fracture and will miss the rest of the series, according to Valentin. The outfielder was hit by a pitch in the top of the first. He left the game when the inning ended.

Also, the Fond du Lac Reporter has this Chad Pierce-centric article.

Long story short. Rattlers held to two hits.  Wisconsin’s offense is hitting .185 in the playoffs.

Other Playoff Stats and Notes:
Pierce allowed three runs – two earned – over seven innings.  That would make seven quality starts – in seven playoff games – for Wisconsin starting pitchers.
Thursday was the first time in the post season run for this Rattlers team they allowed more than four runs
It was the sixth time the Rattlers have scored four or fewer runs.
Nick Ramirez hit his third homer of the playoffs.  That gives him 19 total on the season.
The two runs in the ninth inning for the TinCaps were the first two allowed by the Rattlers bullpen in the postseason.
Fort Wayne relievers Johnny Barbato and Matt Stites are going to be a tad bit of trouble in the late innings.
The Timber Rattlers wrap the 2012 season with a home record – playoffs included – of 46-29.

The team is on the bus to Fort Wayne right now.  Game Three of the best-of-five Finals is Saturday night.  Game time is 6:05pm CDT at Parkview Field.

The two pitchers that lead their respective teams in wins will take the mound in Game Three.  RHP David Goforth for the Rattlers against LHP Frank Garces.  Goforth won at Fort Wayne earlier this season.  Garces beat the Rattlers in Fort Wayne in that same series.

A couple of numbers to keep in mind preparing for Saturday’s game:
Including a 1-1 record in the playoffs, the Rattlers are 37-34 on the road
Including a 2-0 record in the playoff, the TinCaps are 39-33 at home
Wisconsin batters hit .259 as a team against lefties this season.

Here was the batting order for the Rattlers hitters – and how they did – against Garces in the game on July 16 at Fort Wayne, a 7-4 TinCaps win:
Stang: 2-for-3, 2 doubles
Roenicke: 0-for-1, SF, RBI
Macias: 0-for-0, 2 walks
McMahan: 0-for-2, K
Ramirez: 0-for-2, K
Garfield: 1-for-1, HR, RBI, walk
Garza: 1-for-2
Roberts: 0-for-2, K
Rivera: 0-for-2

Here is the batting order for the TinCaps hitters – and how they did – against Goforth in the game on  July 5 at Fort Wayne, an 8-2 Rattlers win:
Jankowski: 0-for-4
Peterson: 2-for-4 RBI
Gallic: 1-for-4, double, RUN
Asencio: 2-for-4, RBI
Whitmore: 1-for-4
Hedges: 1-for-3
Orr: 0-for-3
Stubblefield: 1-for-3, K
Gaedele: 1-for-3, 2B, K, RUN

Game Two Highlights:

MWL Championship Series – Game One Eleven after #11

Game One
Fort Wayne 2
Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Timber Rattlers Game Story | Game Story

I will never get sick of pictures like this one. Photo Credit Ann Mollica

It’s a really, really quick turnaround with a 12:05pm game tomorrow.

So a few quick stats and notes from Game One.

  1. The Rattlers were outhit 7-4, scored two runs on wild pitches, and won their fifth straight game.
  2. Wisconsin’s pitching stayed incredible.  One earned run in ten innings lowered their Team ERA to 1.00 in the playoffs
  3. Jacob Barnes went seven innings and allowed one earned run for the SIXTH consecutive quality start in six playoff games
  4. During the five game winning streak, Timber Rattlers starters have pitched 39 innings and allowed five runs – three earned.  That is an ERA of 0.69 for the starters.
  5. Brent Suter got into the act with three scoreless innings.   That would be seven scoreless innings in the last three games for the relievers.
  6. Overall, the Rattlers ERA during the last five game is a REE-gosh-darn-DICULOUS 0.59.
  7. Back to the runs scoring on wild pitches.  When he first took over as the manager of the Timber Rattlers, one of the things that Matt Erickson told me at Spring Training, 2011 was that the Brewers want their players to focus on good reads on pitches in the dirt.  Both Brandon Macias, who scored from second on a wild pitch in the first inning, and Rafael Neda, who scored the winning run in the tenth, got great reads and scored huge runs!
  8. Duanel Jones stepped on the calf of Nick Ramirez on a play at first in the tenth inning.  Ramirez stayed in the game, but – MAN – did that look like it hurt.
  9. Make fun of #bunttowin all you want. It’s working for the Timber Rattlers. Two more sacrifice bunts on Wednesday gives Wisconsin seven sacrifice bunts in six postseason games.  Both bunts tonight set up runs.
  10. The 2012 Timber Rattlers continue to chart uncharted territory.  This is the fourth Midwest League Championship Series for Wisconsin.  Wednesday was the first time the Rattlers have won a Game One in the MWLCS.  This 1-0 lead in the Finals also marks the first time Wisconsin has had a lead in the Finals.  That is something that the 1996, 1999, and 2005 teams never did.  Two more wins and there will be some real uncharted territory.
  11. Why Eleven after Eleven since it was only a ten inning game? Wednesday was “walkoff” win #11 this season.  What a ride and it didn’t even cost me an E Ticket.

Whoops. That wasn’t very quick.  Oh, well.  Sleep fast everyone.

Finals Highlights – Game One:

September 9, 2012 Highlights

Sunday, September 9, 2012
Clinton 4
Wisconsin 2
Boxscore | Game Story

Rattlers advance to the Midwest League Finals with a sweep of the Clinton LumberKings.  The opponent in the finals will not be known until after Game Three of the Eastern Division Finals on Monday night with  Fort Wayne is at Lake County.  The winner heads to Wisconsin for Game One of the MWL Championship Series on Wednesday.

The schedule for the FINALS (Best-of-Five):
GAME ONE: Wednesday, September 12 at Home – 6:35pm
GAME TWO: Thursday, September 13 at Home – 12:05pm
OFF DAY: Friday, September 14
GAME THREE: Saturday, September 15 at East – TBA
GAME FOUR: Sunday, September 16 at East – TBA
GAME FIVE: Monday, September 17 at East – TBA

Rattlers Rotation:
GAME ONE: Jacob Barnes
GAME TWO: Chad Pierce
GAME THREE: David Goforth
GAME FOUR: Chad Thompson
GAME FIVE: Mark Williams

I could write for a long time about Sunday’s game, but anything that I write would be superfluous to the highlights, especially from about 3:21 on to the end of the video.

Celebrate, Timber Rattlers Fans!  We’ll see you Wednesday night!


Game Three Highlights – September 7, 2012

Timber Rattlers advance to Western Division Finals with win in Game Three.

Burlington 0
Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Game Story

David Goforth: 9IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 9K 113 pitches/73 strikes

Please see my comments on Goforth from his last start.  I don’t think I need to add anything to that except for this…NINE STRIKEOUTS! ZOMG!!!!!

If you will allow me to channel my inner Bugs Bunny for a moment:
Ben McMahan WHAM! A homer!!
Nick Ramirez WHAM!! Another homer!!

Rattlers v. Clinton in the Western Division Finals.

The schedule:
Saturday, 9/8 @ Clinton @ 6:30pm
Sunday, 9/9 @ Wisconsin @ 7:05pm
Monday, 9/10 @ Wisconsin @ 6:35pm – if necessary

The pitching matchups:
SAT: RHP Chad Thompson v. LHP Rusty Shellhorn
SUN: RHP Mark Williams v. RHP Seon Gi Kim
MON: TBA v. RHP Bobby Shore

When Clinton was at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium in the second half, hitting coach Tommy Cruz saw me on the concourse and said, “We want you guys in the playoffs.”

Well, they got the Rattlers.

The Rattlers won the season series with LumberKings.  In 15 meetings during the 2012 season, the Rattlers were 12-3, including 8-1 at Clinton.

But, this is a LumberKings team that had an unbelievable second half.  Clinton in the first half: 23-45.  Clinton in the second half: 48-22.  They finished the regular season with a ten game winning streak.  They won 17 of their last 18 games.

Plus, they won a pair of extra inning games in Beloit to bounce back after they lost game one of the first round series at home to advance to the Western Division Finals.

This is going to be a fun series.  Tickets for Game Two of the Western Division Finals go on sale Saturday at 10:00am at the Timber Rattlers Box Office.

I’ll have more in the morning.  Right now, sleep calls because there is a 9:30 bus to Clinton.

Enjoy the highlights:

Game Two Thoughts – September 6, 2012

Game Two
Burlington 0
Wisconsin 4
Boxscore | Game Story

The start

In between:

The Rattlers finished the season with the best fielding percentage in the Midwest League.  But defense isn’t just about not making errors.  It’s also about showing range and getting to balls that other teams or players wouldn’t normally get to.  Watch the highlights.

If this were UEFA, the aggregate would be tied 4-4.  Rattlers might have the edge on fewest hits allowed.

Chad Pierce > Franklin Pierce > Mildred Pierce > Hawkeye Pierce

Last 9-inning complete game shutout by a Timber Rattlers pitcher: 5/29/11 Tyler Thornburg @ Kane County.

Last complete game shutout by a Timber Rattlers pitcher in the playoffs: 9/8/00 Cha Seung Baek at Beloit.

The First round series in the Eastern Division have ended in sweeps.  Fort Wayne pulled an upset as they swept the Lansing Lugnuts.  The TinCaps were down 6-0 to the Lugnuts on the road and rallied back to win 9-6.

Lake County beat the Hot Rods 5-4 in ten innings at Bowling Green to advance.

Clinton forced a Game Three with a win 7-5 ten inning win at Beloit on Thursday.  Clinton is at Beloit for Game Three on Friday night.

Watch the end of the highlights to see the look on the face of Chad Pierce.  THAT is why we love sports!

The finish

Game Two Highlights:

August 31, 2012 highlights

Beloit 10
Rattlers 4
Boxscore | Game Story

Number of times the Rattlers lost a game in which they led by 4 runs before August 29: Zero
Number of times the Rattlers lost a game in which they led by 4 runs since August 29: Two (8/29 & 8/31)

Number of times a Rattlers team has hit over 100 home runs in a season: Two (2005 -101, 2010 – 102)

Top five home run hitters for 2012 Timber Rattlers:
Nick Ramirez – 16
Ben McMahan – 14
Yadiel Rivera – 12
Cameron Garfield – 10
Greg Hopkins – 9

Top five home run hitters for 2005 Timber Rattlers:
Mike Wilson – 19
Marshall Hubbard – 17
Chris Colton – 12
Oswaldo Navarro – 9
Brent Johnson – 9

Friday’s Highlights:

August 30, 2012 Highlights and some miscellany

Beloit 9
Rattlers 2
Boxscore | Game Story

Rattlers longest hitting streaks of the season:
Chadwin Stang – 19 games (7/14-8/7; 29-for-82)
Cameron Garfield – 11 games (8/6-8/24; 19-for-40)
Brandon Macias – 11
games (8/19-present; 16-for-43)*
Greg Hopkins – 10 games (5/24-6/2; 21-for-41)
Greg Hopkins – 10 games (8/10-8/20; 14-for-39)
Yadiel Rivera – 10 games (5/13-24; 13-for-37)


Timber Rattlers Categories which Brandon Macias leads:
AVG: .289
OBP: .388
Games: 124
Hits: 132
Doubles: 34
Walks: 56
HBP: 21

Burlington lost 3-1 at Clinton
Kane County lost 2-1 in 12 innings at Quad Cities

Burlington leads Kane County by three games with four to play in the second half Western Division Wild Card race

Western Division Overall Standings:
Wisconsin: 75-60 —
Beloit: 74-62 -1.5

Get ’em tomorrow

Thursday’s Highlights:

August 29, 2012 Highlights

Beloit 6
Rattlers 5 (12 innings)
Boxscore | Game Story

Apologies for not posting this last night.  I stared at the blank screen again. Then, I remembered that I had to do an interview on a radio station at 7:20 this morning.

Just some quick morning after thoughts:
Chad Thompson had a 13 inning scoreless streak snapped with that 2-out run he allowed in the sixth inning.
Wang-Wei Lin is a wizard.  I can’t think of any other way that he could have possibly made the catch to rob Stang of a game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth.
Rattlers pitchers issued leadoff walks in the 7th, 10th, & 12th.  Each of those leadoff walks scored.
Three of Beloit’s six runs scored on two out hits.
The teams combined (BEL: 4-for-21; WIS: 2-for-11) to hit 6-for-32 with RISP.
Beloit trails the Rattlers for the best overall record in the Western Division by 2-1/2 games with five to play.
In the Western Division Wild Card race, Burlington & Kane County both lost.  Burlington still has a three game lead over Kane County for the Second Half Wild Card.  Burlington is looking more and more likely to be the Rattlers first round opponent.

Wednesday’s Highlights:


Friday’s Highlights & Two Lists – August 24, 2012

Cedar Rapids 3
Wisconsin 2
Boxscore | Game Story

Lance Roenicke scores the tying run in the bottom of the eighth.

List #1:
Rafael Neda Career Triples as a Professional:
August 13, 2011 w/ AZL Brewers v. AZL Royals off Caesar Ogando
August 24, 2012 w/ Rattlers v. Cedar Rapids off Nick Mutz

List #2:
2012 Timber Rattlers Extra Innings Games:
April 15 v. Peoria 5-3 loss in 11 innings
April 21 @West Michigan 3-2 win in 12 innings
April 22 @South Bend 2-1 loss in 10 innings
April 26 v. Dayton 3-1 loss in 10 innings
May 12 @Kane County 2-1 win in 11 innings
May 16 v. Burlington 5-4 win in 10 innings
May 29 @Peoria 4-3 loss in 14 innings
June 10 v. Beloit 5-2 win in 10 innings
June 12 @Clinton 5-2 win in 10 innings
June 29 v. Peoria 8-7 win in 10 innings
July 13 @Lake County 7-6 loss in 15 innings
July 18 v. Great Lakes 5-4 win in 10 innings
July 20 v. Great Lakes 2-1 loss in 13 innings
August 11 v. Clinton 9-8 loss in 13 innings
August 24 v. Cedar Rapids 3-2 loss in 10 innings

Friday’s Highlights:

Video Highlights with three lists – August 23, 2012

Cedar Rapids 3
Wisconsin 6
Boxscore | Game Story

List #1:
Timber Rattlers players with 100 or more hits this season:
Brandon Macias – 123
Chadwin Stang – 119
Ben McMahan – 109
Greg Hopkins – 105
Yadiel Rivera – 100

List #2:
Opposing players with two multi-homer games against Wisconsin this season:
Zach Borenstein, Cedar Rapids (July 6 & August 23)

List #3:
Timber Rattlers players with ten or more home runs this season:
Nick Ramirez – 15
Ben McMahan – 12
Yadiel Rivera – 12
Cameron Garfield – 10

Thursday’s Highlights:

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