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Not with a bang – Postgame Post for August 30, 2013

This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper. – TS Eliot

The final pitch of the 2013 home schedule.

The final pitch of the 2013 home schedule.

Quad Cities 6
Wisconsin 0
Boxscore | Game Story

The Timber Rattlers have been shutout seven times this season. Friday was the first time they have been shutout at home since May 10 when Clinton shut them out 7-0 in the second game of a doubleheader.

All Five runs scored against Rodolfo Fernandez were unearned. He tried to make a play when he didn’t need to in the second inning and it cost him. In the third, he got the pitch he needed, but an error kept the inning alive. Then, he issued a walk and hit a batter to get a run home. It was 2-0.

Then, Fernandez had Carlos Correa down 0-2, but gave up a two run single. Terrell Joyce was down 0-2, too and he singled to drive in a run to make it 5-0. That was pretty much the ballgame.

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Wisconsin had five hits. All hits came with two outs in an inning. Of the runners the Rattlers got on base in the game on Friday, only two reached with less than two outs: Max Walla reached on a one-out error in the fourth and was erased on a 4-6-3 double play. Michael Reed drew a leadoff walk in the sixth and was left stranded there when the inning ended.

Parker Berberet hit the ball hard twice. One deflected off the River Bandits pitcher and was turned into a 1-4-3 putout. One was a line drive right to the left fielder.

Victor Roache hit a ball in the sixth inning that would have been out of the ballpark on any other night of this homestand. In the first six games of this homestand the wind was blowing out to left or center. Tonight, it was blowing in from center, which is weird because it usually only does that in April. Roache cracked a towering drive to left-center that sounded like it would clear the wall to tie the franchise home run record. The wind held it up and the ball didn’t even make the warning track.

Mike Strong tossed five innings and struck out nine while walking two. Strong, in what will be his final appearance of the season, ran his K:BB ratio for the season to 98:45 in 87 innings.

Clinton won tonight and that – coupled with Wisconsin’s loss – eliminates the Rattlers from the playoff race.  They made the LumberKings sweat down the stretch.  But, in the end, that 0-6 start to the second half was something from which the Rattlers could never recover.

The King is dead. Long live the King.

Three games in Burlington are ahead.  Then, this season will be no more.

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Friday’s Highlights:
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It goes on – Postgame post for August 29, 2013

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

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Quad Cities 6
Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Game Story

The way I figure it – after tonight – Clinton’s magic number is 2. If the Rattlers go 4-0 over the last four games, they will be 34-36. If Clinton goes 2-2 over their last four games, they will be 34-36. Tie-breaker goes to Clinton.

There were so many chances for both teams. The Rattlers couldn’t get the big hit. The Bandits kept hitting into double plays…six of them to be exact.

Both teams had ten hits. A big difference: Quad Cities was 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The Rattlers were 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Back to the double plays. They ranged from routine to spectacular to ridiculous. In order:

3-6-3 double play with Berberet making a strong throw and tap dance at first on the return throw
4-6-3 double play on a runner’s interference call
6-4-3 double play with Arcia going to his back hand and Rodriguez hanging in there to make the turn
Strike-him out/Throw-him out double play with another strong, on target throw by Houle to second base.
7-6-3 double play on a fine running catch by Roache in left and the runner forgetting how many outs there were
3-unassisted double play with Berberet snagging a liner and stepping on first.

Mike Garza with his second 4-hit game of the season.

Michael Reed with his second 3-walk game of the homestand.

Alfredo Rodriguez with two more hits in the leadoff spot.

And…it’s been a long day. One more home game in the season and then it’s off to Burlington. Let’s see what happens.

Thursday’s Highlights:

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Missed again – Postgame post for August 28, 2013

Well it feels like something you want so bad
And then you think you’ve got it, but it’s somethin’ you already had
And you can feel it all around you, but it’s somethin’ you just can’t touch – Phil Collins, Missed Again

Ross is about to get out of the top of the fifth.

Ross is about to get out of the top of the fifth.

Quad Cities 4
Wisconsin 2
Boxscore | Game Story

The Timber Rattlers had their winning streak snapped at three games. Wisconsin has had four three-game winning streaks in the second half of the season. They have not won four consecutive games in the second half. Missed again.

The rehabilitation of Austin Ross continues apace. He has allowed four runs – three earned – over his last six innings. That’s 26 innings. On Thursday, he found his strikeout mojo with seven K’s and his velocity was up to 92 and 93. His next start is scheduled for Labor Day, the last day of the regular season, at Burlington.

Dustin Houle threw out three of four would-be Quad Cities base stealers on Wednesday. His throws were right on the bag, too. Really nice defensive work as he was catching his fourth straight game.

Tyrone Taylor’s double in the third inning gave him 33 on the season. He is in tenth place on the Timber Rattlers single season list for doubles. First place belongs to Bo Robinson (50 in 1999). But, with five games remaining, there is a possibility to move up the list. Scooter Gennett (39 in 2010) is #2 and John Castellano (34 in 2001) and Juan Silvestre (34 in 1999) are tied for 9th. Let’s see where Taylor winds up.

Mike Garza’s triple in the seventh inning was his ninth of the season. He’s tied with Chadwin Stang and Josh Womack for sixth on the single season list. It was also triple #51 of the season for the Timber Rattlers team. The team record for triples is 58 and was set by the 2010 Timber Rattlers.

Alan Williams, a lefty, got into trouble in the sixth and the eighth with a leadoff walk against a left-handed batter. Both times that leadoff walk scored.

Taylor Wall did what he has done so often this season. He came into the game in a tough spot and got the pitch he needed to get out of the inning. But, this time, the ball was misplayed into an error that let an inherited runner score. Still, out of 28 inherited runners, Wall has allowed only eight to score.

In the eighth and ninth innings, the Timber Rattlers hit three balls that sounded good off the bat. Alfredo Rodriguez and Orlando Arcia hit back-to-back flyouts to the track in left. Victor Roache with a line drive to the gap in right-center that was caught at the track. For some reason, the ball just didn’t carry on Wednesday.

PLAYOFF CHASE:
The Peoria Chiefs gave up four home runs, had two runners thrown out at the plate, trailed 4-0 and 6-3, and had lost six games in a row. They managed to beat the Clinton LumberKings 7-6 in twelve innings…and outhit Clinton 23-13. That is amazing.

So, with five games remaining, the Timber Rattlers remain one game behind Clinton (31-34), a team that has lost seven straight games. Wisconsin (30-35) is only one game in front of Peoria (29-36).

The Best the Rattlers can do now is 35-35. Clinton only needs to finish at 35-35. The math is still hard. But, they get to start climbing up that hill again on Thursday night.

Wednesday’s Highlights:

Things begin to happen – Postgame post for August 27, 2013

It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. – Muhammad Ali

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Kane County 7
Wisconsin 8
Boxscore | Game Story

Secondary quote: That just happened – Ricky Bobby

Tuesday’s game may have been the most frustrating, nerve-grating, gut-churning, satisfying win in a season that is full of a couple of those.  Both teams could have blown that game wide open at several points.  But, just when one appeared ready to hang a crooked number, the other would make a big pitch or a big defensive play.  Also, when one team appeared ready to slam the door in an inning, a mistake would open that door wide and invite the other team in to help themselves to a few runs.

Example 1:  In the third inning, Kane County had just tied the game 4-4 and had the bases loaded with no outs.   Jorge Lopez gets out of the inning with a popup and a 1-6-3 double play.

Example 2: The Rattlers loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth.  They scored a run on a 4-3 double play and a two-out single to grab a 6-4 lead.

Example 3: Lopez had a 6-4 lead and had retired seven in a row.  There were two outs and none on in the fifth inning and he had a two-run lead.  Double, Home Run. Tie Game.

Lopez had a rough day.  He was leaving a lot of pitches up and he was getting hit hard.  In all, he allowed six runs – four earned – on ten hits in five innings.  BUT, he didn’t walk anyone.  That helped a lot.

Hobbs Johnson with two innings and five more strikeouts.  His K:BB ratio with the Rattlers 21:4 in eleven innings.  His K:BB ratio since joining the Brewers organization: 30:4 in 19 innings.

Kane County was charged with six errors.  They very easily could have been charged with at least two more…maybe three.  They were horrible defensively.  And the Rattlers took advantage by scoring eight runs – five UNEARNED.

A couple of the errors are on the highlights below.  The first Wisconsin run scores when the shortstop can’t field a grounder with the bases loaded and two outs.  Alfredo Rodriguez sacrifice bunt in the second wound up scoring two runs and got him into scoring position.  But, before that happened, there was an error on a potential double play ball that let the Rattlers have two runners on with no outs in the first place.  Opportunity knocked and the Rattlers finally are answering the call.

Bismarck is incorrectly quoted with the following: God has a special providence for drunkards, fools, and the United States of America.  Can we add the Timber Rattlers somewhere in there?

There were two plays in particular that got me thinking about that quote – whether Bismarck said it or not.

The Rattlers have two on with no outs in the fourth inning in a tie game.  Rodriguez is at the plate and the Cougars bring in a new pitcher.  Rodriguez has a great at bat and fouls off four different pitches as he gets the count to 3-2.  He pops up the tenth pitch of the at bat.  Off the bat, I thought it was just a popup on the infield and I looked to the umpire to call for the infield fly rule.  The ball kept carrying into the outfield and four Cougars let the ball drop between them.  No infield fly rule and heads-up base running by Dustin Houle and Chris McFarland result in no force outs on the bases.  Wisconsin would score two runs in the inning.

The other play was Houle in the eighth inning.  He sends a fly ball to right-center.  The right fielder looked like he took a bad angle on the fly ball.  The ball dropped and rolled to the fence 400′ from home plate.  Houle pulled into second base and stopped. Then, started for third when the centerfielder couldn’t pick up the ball AND slipped.  Houle made it to third.  He scored two batters later on the sacrifice fly by Rodriguez.

By the way, have you noticed a trend?  The names Houle, McFarland, and Rodriguez keep popping up in this post.  That would be the 8, 9, & 1 hitters.  Houle was the leadoff batter in four innings, he reached base three times, and scored three runs.  McFarland followed Houle getting on base twice and got on a total of three times.  Rodriguez was back in the leadoff spot in the  order and got on three times and knocked in a run for the sixth time in his last eight games.

In all the 8-9-1 hitters for the Rattlers were 4-for-9 with two walks, and seven runs scored.

Tyrone Taylor started the game winning rally with a bunt single against Michael Hamann.  He was still at first with two outs.  At that point, everyone in the stadium knew that Taylor would be running to try to get into second with a stolen base.  He didn’t go on either of the first two pitches as the count went to 1-1 on Mike Garza.  Hamman threw three times over to first base before making the 1-1 pitch to Garza.

Look at the highlights and see where that 1-1 pitch was and where Garza lined it.  All Taylor had to do was stay on his feet and he scores the winning run.  No problem.

Pictures by Ann Mollica:

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Playoff Chase:

I listened to the Clinton LumberKings game tonight. They lost 2-0 at Beloit. Clinton fell behind 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning as the first three Snappers reached on a double and two singles. Ryan Mathews homered to leadoff the Beloit fifth. Clinton had five hits, drew six walks, stranded ten men, and went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position as they lost their sixth straight game.

Peoria also lost their sixth straight game. Peoria hosts Clinton for the next three days.

Wisconsin trails the LumberKings by a game and leads Peoria by two games. There are six games remaining in the season.

The ideal situation for the Timber Rattlers will be to keep winning (CAPTAIN OBVIOUS) and for Peoria to beat Clinton. Remember, Clinton’s magic number is still at 4 and they only need to finish in a tie with the Timber Rattlers. Wisconsin MUST finish a game in front of the Clinton (or Peoria for that matter) to claim the Wild Card spot because both the LumberKings and Chiefs won the season series to own the tie-breaker.

The Timber Rattlers host Quad Cities for the next three games. Quad Cities just clinched the Top Playoff spot in the second half with a win at Burlington. We’ll see if there is a special Providence that continues for the Timber Rattlers on Wednesday night.

Keep in mind that the Rattlers have won three straight. They have not won four consecutive games at any point of the second half. Time to change that.

Ya Gotta Believe!!

Tuesday’s Highlights:

A consistent soul – Postgame Post for August 25, 2013

A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance. – Benjamin Disraeli

Got. Him. Looking.

Got. Him. Looking.

Kane County 1
Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Game Story

Rodolfo Fernandez. I thought about just leaving it at that, but he deserves a little more. The discussion about Fernandez starting or not starting came down to: Why should we start him? He throws strikes. Okay. He’s starting. He threw strikes. He mixed speeds. He mixed locations. He pitched to contact. He got fortunate.

For example, the first play in the highlights shows Marco Hernandez trying to stretch a double into a triple and being thrown out by a lot. You can see the ball sneak in over his head and pop into Mike Garza’s glove in plenty of time for the out. Great throw from the track by Tyrone Taylor and a great relay throw from Alfredo Rodriguez for the play at third.

Speaking of Alfredo Rodriguez, he singled in a run in the bottom of the third to put the Rattlers up 1-0. Did you know that he has driven in at least one run in five of his last six games? He has driven in the run that put the Rattlers in front in each of the last three games.

There was some confusion on a play in the top of the fifth inning. Oliver Zapata appeared to attempt a check swing on an 0-2 pitch in the top of the fifth inning. The pitch bounced off something and into the Timber Rattlers dugout. It looked like the plate umpire had asked for an appeal from the base umpire and Zapata got rung for tfor the third strike, but he would get to first base on the wild pitch after strike three. I was confused because no one on the Rattlers had time to ask for an appeal and the plate umpire should have someone ask him for an appeal. It turns out that Zapata was hit by a pitch was being awarded first base by the plate umpire.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what the call was, Zapata got on base somehow and stayed there.

The Fernandez Scoreless streak reached 22-2/3 innings before he surrendered an RBI double to Wilson Contreras with two outs in the third. That cut the lead to 2-1. Watch for the play in the highlights from Orlando Arcia to end the sixth inning. Wow.

Looking at my scorebook, I’m trying to figure out where things escalated to the point where a warning needed to be issued after Parker Berberet got hit by a pitch in the seventh inning. Best I can tell it went like this:

Leadoff batter Zapata hit by Fernandez in the top of the fifth on an 0-2 pitch
Leadoff batter Dustin Houle hit by pitch in the bottom of the fifth on a 1-2 pitch
Houle tries to score from third on grounder to second by crashing into Escobar at the plate. Out.
Leadoff batter Gioskar Amaya hit by Fernandez in the top of the sixth on a 2-0 pitch
Roache at first. Garza strikes out. KC Pitching coach makes brief visit to mound. Peralta hits Berberet with the first pitch.
Warning issued.

Hmmm.

So, Kane County brings in the lefty to face Walla and Max doubles in Roache for the insurance run.

That’s the best revenge, right?

Mike Strong threw strikes. Yes. He gave up a leadoff double in the seventh and a couple of hits in the eighth. But, he struck out five, didn’t walk a batter, didn’t allow a run, and picked up the save.

Clinton lost. Peoria lost. The math is still tough for the Rattlers. But, three games behind Clinton with eight games left sounds better than four games back or five games back with eight to play..

As the great Tug McGraw once said, “Ya Gotta Believe!”

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Sunday’s Highlights:

Work on in despair – Postgame post for August 24, 2013

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair. – Edmund Burke

Runner at third with one out in the bottom of the fifth and the infield playing on the grass.

Runner at third with one out in the bottom of the fifth and the infield playing on the grass.

Kane County 5
Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Game Story

I was thinking about some features that I would like to do for the blog and the website for the offseason. One of my ideas was Top Ten Tuesday. One of those Top Ten lists is going to be Top Ten Ways Oliver Zapata has KILLED the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

No. Seriously. This guy has gutted the Rattlers at least ten ways over the last two seasons. On Saturday night, he threw out Victor Roache at the plate in the second inning. That was the inning where the Timber Rattlers had three straight hits and didn’t score a run. Then, Zapata tripled with two outs in the top of the seventh to drive in the tying run. He scored the go ahead run moments later.

Preston Gainey threw a lot of pitches in five innings. He had 86 pitches (57 for strikes), but he worked around a three hits, a couple of walks, and an error to allow just one run. In his last four games (2 starts, 2 relief appearances), Gainey has allowed three runs on 14 hits with six walks and 19 strikeouts over 17-1/3 innings. He is 0-1 in those last four appearances.

Another Top Ten Tuesday feature is going to be a look at the Top Ten Times the Rattlers got the go-ahead/winning run to the plate in a game they trailed by more than one run heading into their last at bat. That may be a little wordy. I’ll need to work on it. But, it happened again on Saturday night. Down by two with one out, Alfredo Rodriguez singles and Michael Reed draw his third walk of the game. But, they were left stranded when the game ended.

Orlando Arcia struck out to start the ninth inning. It had been 26 plate appearances since his last strikeout. Top Ten Strikeout Free Streaks of Orlando Arcia? Does that sound like a good list? The Stat Keepers track of Lowest Total Plate Appearance:Strikeout Radio. Here are the top three Midwest Leaguers:

Breyvic Valera (Peoria) – 18.62
Maxx Tissenbaum (Fort Wayne) – 13.20
Orlando Arcia (Wisconsin) – 12.03

That would be one strikeout for every 12.03 plate appearances….for a kid who has been 18 most of the year.

Parker Berberet with three more hits on Saturday night. He caught his fourth consecutive game and had three hits. He’s doing the job behind the plate and at the plate.

You may have noticed that Chris McFarland pinch hit for Garrett Cooper in the bottom of the seventh inning. The report I got after the game was that Cooper had a bruised thumb and was having trouble gripping his bat. That’s all I have right now.

The playoff chase:
Clinton had a lead late at Beloit, but lost 7-4.
Peoria was down 1-0 in the bottom of the third and lost by that same score.

The Rattlers are still four games behind Clinton and one game behind the Chiefs. The could have picked up ground. But, they didnt.

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Get them tomorrow…with Wisconsin’s Rodolfo Fernandez making his first professional start.

Saturday’s Highlights…Featuring a lot of dancing and not a lot of baseball *SIGH*:

Afraid of being happy – Postgame post for August 16, 2013

I think I’m afraid of being happy because whenever I get too happy something bad always happens. – Charlie Brown

sighPeoria 7
Wisconsin 2
Boxscore | Game Story

Tyler Roberts went to right field with his double and hit it over the head of the right fielder for a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

Mike Garza had two more hits, including an RBI double in the third inning, in the game. He has 33 multi-hit games this season.

In case you missed the tweet from earlier tonight:

That’s all I have on that right now.

The Chiefs had a runner at first with no outs in the top of the fifth inning against Tyler Wagner. Jonathan Keener sent a grounder to short and it looked like a certain 6-4-3 double play. Then, the ball took a bad hop…like a wicked and completely unfair hop…over the glove of Orlando Arcia. And his glove wasn’t at his knees. The ball bounced up about brim of the hat height on Arcia and made it through for a single and runners at first and third.

Charlie Tilson followed with a grounder to the left of the mound. The runner at third was caught in a rundown and stayed in the rundown long enough to let Keener get to third and Tilson to get to second.

I swear that Wagner broke the bats of the next two batters and the ball didn’t get off the infield grass. But, both balls made it past the mound and the Chiefs scored two runs to tie the game.

Very rough seventh inning for Harvey Martin. He made a great pitch to get a 3-6-1 double play for two outs and none on. Then, five straight hits with four extra base hits and the Chiefs were up 6-2.

Reed wasn’t the only Rattler to be hit by a pitch. Lance Roenicke got hit on the right hand. Max Walla got hit in the leg. Ouch.

Nathan Baliva, who isn’t a bad guy no matter what you may hear, popped into the radio booth after the game and mentioned that he had only seen one Victor Roache home run in 13 games against the Chiefs this season. This got me thinking:

Overall Roache: 103 games; 94-for-393 (.239), 20HR, 66RBI, 120K
Roache v. PEO: 13 games; 10-for-54 (.185), HR, 5RBI, 20K
Roache v. rest of MWL: 90 games; 84-for-339 (.247), 19HR, 61RBI, 100K

I hate the Cardinals.

In the playoff race…The loss dropped the Timber Rattlers four games behind the Chiefs AND the Clinton LumberKings. A few weeks ago, I thought that Wisconsin would need to get to 36-34 to make the playoffs. They would need to go 13-4 over the last seventeen games. For the Chiefs AND Clinton to finish 35-35, both would need to go 8-9 over the last seventeen.

The math is getting difficult. Not impossible, but difficult.

Western Division Schedule (SAT-MON):
Wisconsin at Beloit
Cedar Rapids at Peoria
Clinton at Kane County
Burlington at Quad Cities

The rest of the season starts on Saturday. Gotta get ‘em.

Friday’s Highlights:

All Night Long – Postgame Post for August 15, 2013

Well, my friends, the time has come
(To) raise the roof and have some fun
Throw away the work to be done
Let the music play on….(Play on, play on, play on..)
– Lionel Richie, All Night Long

This is the uncropped photo from the game story. Reed to first as Rodriguez scores the winning run!

This is the uncropped photo from the game story. Reed to first as Rodriguez scores the winning run!

Peoria 4
Wisconsin 5
Boxscore | Game Story
FINAL – 11 Innings

Orlando Arcia with a great night.  He went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs and was intentionally walked twice.  But, I want to talk about a stolen base.  He was on second and Tyrone Taylor was on first with no outs and Michael Reed at the plate.  Steve Sabatino has just throw a pitch for a ball to Reed and took the throw back from his catcher.  He walked back to the rubber with his head down and Arcia noticed that the third baseman was not covering the bag.  Arcia broke for third and made it easily.  Taylor took second without a play, too.  It was some more aggressive base running by Arcia.

Plus, he made some outstanding defensive plays.  But, you’re getting used to those.

Let’s mention the relief work from Mike Strong and Jono Armold. Strong should have been out of the eighth scoreless, but the popup dropped in for a two out, RBI single. But, he only allowed one run on five hits in three innings. Armold worked two scoreless innings with a walk and a strikeout to keep the game even.

Rodolfo Fernandez is, just…wow.  Four more scoreless innings and he struck out three.  Scoreless streak is at 12 innings.  His second half numbers: 2-1, 2 saves, 1.38 ERA, 9 games, 26.0IP, 18H, 4R, 4ER, HR, 6BB, 27K…oh, and hitters are batting .191 against him.

Alfredo Rodriguez went 0-for-5 and saw his hitting streak come to an end at 12 games…but, so what. He drew a walk in the 13th. Then, with one out in the 15th, he drew a 4-pitch walk. He didn’t chase anything out of the zone to try and extend the hitting streak. The Rattlers needed a base runner and he got on base with a walk. It’s one of those unselfish things that will get a player noticed. Then, he stole second with a great jump. Scoring the winning run on the Michael Reed single was just the proverbial icing on the cake.

A word about the defense. To pick a totally arbitrary point in time*: In their last eleven games, Wisconsin’s defense has committed four errors. Two of those errors are on wild pick off throws by pitchers.

*-This arbitrary point in time happens to be the day after the Timber Rattlers committed three errors in a game against Beloit on August 3…Told you it was arbitrary.

That shout you heard as Reed singled in the winning run was the cheer from the fans in Clinton. The LumberKings beat Quad Cities for the second night in a row and they have tied the Chiefs for the second half wild card. Plus, the LumberKings – and the Rattlers – picked up ground on the River Bandits, too.

QC: 30-21
CLN: 26-26
PEO: 26-26
WIS: 23-29
BUR: 21-31
KC: 19-32

River Bandits are up 4.5 games on the LumberKings and Chiefs, 7.5 on the Rattlers, 11.5 on Burlington, and 12 on Kane County.

Wild Card has the LumberKings and Chiefs tied, the Rattlers three games back, Burlington five back, and Kane County 5.5 back.

18 games left in the regular season.

Big game tomo…..I mean, later tonight.  Go get ‘em.

PHOTOS from Ann Mollica!

Reed is in there somewhere!

Reed is in there somewhere!

Fernandez thanks Reed for ending the game.

Fernandez thanks Reed for ending the game.

This might be my favorite Non-Ann Mollica photo of the night.  I took this from the press box during the second segment of the postgame show about ten minutes after the game had ended.  That’s Reed, Garza, and Roberts signing for some of the kids who stuck around after the game:

Autographs!

Autographs!

Thursday’s Highlights:

Thursday’s Rally Song:

Present Grief – Postgame post for August 14, 2013

There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief. – Aeschylus

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Peoria 3
Wisconsin 1
Boxscore | Game Story

Preston Gainey with a very good start. He pitched around a few jams and allowed one run over six innings. He made 77 pitches and threw 54 strikes. That’s one of his best ratios of the season and he struck out seven to set a single game high as a professional for strikeouts in a game.

Orlando Arcia’s home run was a line drive to left-center. It was well struck and it was his first homer at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

There were two plays involving Max Walla that I want to talk about in this post.

#1. Max was up with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. There were runners at second and third. He hit a line drive to center field that I thought was going to drop for a two-run single. But, the ball carried to McElroy in center for the final out.

#2. I wrote about this play in the game story, but we’ll add this to the Damndest Thing I Ever Saw list. Infield single up the middle with one out in the sixth. It probably should have gone through, but Herrera, the shortstop, made a great stop…followed by an ill-advised throw. The throw was wild and Walla broke for second. BUT, the ball hit off something that wasn’t padded. It rebounded right to where Perry, the Peoria pitcher, was standing. Perry turned to throw to second and THREE Peoria infielders were there to take the throw. It was the THIRD BASEMAN who took the throw on the bag and tagged out Walla for the out. DTIES.

Right before Walla’s adventure in the sixth, Victor Roache hit a screaming, one-hop shot that was ticketed for the corner in left. But, Ildemaro Vargas – the aforementioned third baseman – made a diving stop and denied Roache to get the out.

The Timber Rattlers and Peoria Chiefs have played five extra inning games this season. Wisconsin is 1-4 in those games with Peoria that go past regulation. The Rattlers are 5-10 against the Chiefs this season. The Chiefs have outscored the Rattlers 74-48, BUT

Peoria’s Margin of Victory in their ten wins:
4 or more: 5
3: 0
2: 2
1: 3

Wisconsin’s Margin of Victory in their five wins:
4 or more: 0
3: 1
2: 2
1: 2

So….yeah…10 of the 15 games in this series have been decided by three or fewer runs.

Get ‘em tomorrow.

Highlights:

The struggle itself – Postgame Post for August 7, 2013

The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy. – Albert Camus

There's going to be a play at the plate....

There’s going to be a play at the plate….

Wisconsin 1
Peoria 3
Boxscore | Game Story

Now, it’s four games back.

The Chiefs highlights package has a lot of plays that I wanted to talk about in this post. Notably, the play at the plate as Chris McFarland tried to score on the grounder to second with the infield in during the top of the fifth inning. Just a good play all around: McFarland trying to score the go ahead run, Caldwell going to his right and setting to throw on target to the plate, Keener holding onto the ball.

Also, the diving play by the shortstop Herrera to turn the inning ending double play in the seventh. Damn.

Compare & Contrast:
The Rattlers were 1-for-3 in stolen base attempts on Wednesday. Peoria was 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts.

The Rattlers got their leadoff man on base six times (in nine innings) and scored him once. Peoria got their leadoff man on base six times (in eight innings) and scored him three times.

Positives:
Austin Ross looked really good on Wednesday. No walks, four innings, one strikeout. Plus, he pitched around that leadoff triple in the bottom of the third without allowing a run. Progressing along nicely.

Michael Reed had two more hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Reed has 35 games with two or more hits this season. His average is up to .313, which is good for 7th in the MWL batting race.

Orlando Arcia was 1-for-3 with a single, a stolen base, and a run scored. He stung the ball in all three at bats. Plus, he turned a pair of 6-3 double plays in the field.

Speaking of the field, the Rattlers played another error-free game. Error-free in that there were no errors charged. Max Walla looked pretty upset with himself for missing the cutoff man on the play that scored the third Peoria run of the night. Fortunately, that runner moving up to second base didn’t score. Unfortunately, it didn’t matter in the grand scheme of the game.

Did you know….Chris McFarland has 23 extra-base hits (12 doubles, 8 triples, and three homers) with 42 RBI over 75 games?

Get ‘em Thursday.  Gotta get ‘em Thursday.

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