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The regular season – except for that tiebreaker game between
Detroit Texas and Tampa Bay tonight – of Major League Baseball is done.
Let’s take a look at how the 47 Rattlers – and two Foxes – who played in MLB during the 2013 season did. This may take a while to load. Where possible, I have added at least one highlight from MLB.com to the Appleton pro baseball alumni.
The 25 hitters stats are: Games; BA/OBP/SLG; HR; RBI
The 24 pitchers stats are: Games; Games Started; W-L; Save; ERA; IP; BB:K
Players in italics are in the tiebreaker game or the playoffs for 2013
Players who made their MLB Debuts in 2013 are in BOLD
Asdrubal Cabrera (’05) – CLE: 136G; 242/299/402; 14HR, 64RBI
Lorenzo Cain (’09) – KC: 115 G; 251/310/348; 4HR, 46RBI
Shin- Soo Choo (’02) – CIN: 154G; 285/423/462; 21HR, 54RBI
Khris Davis (’10) – MIL: 56G, 279/353/596; 11HR, 27RBI
Greg Dobbs (’02) – MIA: 114G; 228/303/300; 2HR, 22RBI
Scooter Gennett (’10) – MIL: 69G; 324/356/479; 6HR, 21RBI
Carlos Gomez (’12) – MIL; 147G; 284/338/506; 24HR, 73RBI
Sean Halton (’10) – MIL; 42G; 238/291/396; 4HR, 17RBI
Raul Ibanez (’94) – SEA: 124G; 242/306/487; 29HR, 65RBI
Rob Johnson (’05) – STL: 20G; 171/237/257; 0HR, 2RBI
Adam Jones (’04) – BAL: 160G; 285/318/493; 33HR, 108RBI
Brett Lawrie (’09) – TOR: 107G; 254/315/397; 11HR; 46RBI
Alex Liddi (’08) – SEA: 8G; 059/111/118; 0HR, 0RBI
Jonathan Lucroy (’12) – MIL: 147G; 280/340/455; 18HR, 82RBI
Martin Maldonado (’09) – MIL: 67G; 169/236/284; 4HR, 22RBI
Adam Moore (’06) – KC: 5G; 300/364/400; 0HR, 0RBI
David Ortiz (’96) – BOS: 137G; 309/395/564; 30HR, 103RBI
One more from Big Papi:
Carlos Peguero (’07) – SEA: 2G; 333/429/833; 1HR, 1RBI
Josh Prince (’09) – MIL: 8G; 125/222/250; 0HR; 0RBI
Rene Rivera (’03) – SD: 23G; 254/268/328; 0HR, 7RBI
Alex Rodriguez (’94) – NYY: 44G; 244/348/423; 7HR, 19RBI
Michael Saunders (’06) – SEA: 132G; 236/323/397; 12HR, 46RBI
Carlos Triunfel (’07) – SEA: 17G; 136/152/159; 0HR, 2RBI
Matt Tuiasosopo (’05) – DET: 81G; 244/351/415; 7HR, 30RBI
Luis Valbuena (’06) – CHC: 108G; 218/331/378; 12HR, 37RBI
Scott Atchison (’99) – NYM: 50G, 0GS; 3-3, 4.37ERA; 45.1IP; 12:28
Phillippe Aumont (’08) – PHI: 22G, 0GS; 1-3, 4.19ERA; 45.1IP; 13:19
Hiram Burgos (’10) – MIL: 6G, 6GS; 1-2, 6.44ERA; 29.1IP, 11:18
Dave Bush (’09) – TOR: 1G, 0GS; 0-0, 15.00ERA; 3,0IP; 1:1
Michael Fiers (’09) – MIL: 11G, 3GS; 1-4, 7.25ERA; 22.1IP; 6:15
Johnny Hellweg (’13) – MIL: 8G, 7GS; 1-4, 6.75ERA; 30.2IP, 26:9
Felix Hernandez (’03) – SEA: 31G, 31GS; 12-10, 3.04ERA; 204.1IP; 46:216
Jeremy Jeffress (’10) – TOR: 10G, 0GS; 1-0, 0.87ERA; 10.1IP; 5:12
Caesar Jimenez (’03) – PHI: 19G, 0GS; 1-1, 3.71; 17.1IP; 10:11
Shawn Kelley (’08) – NYY: 57G, 0GS; 4-2, 4.39ERA; 53.1IP; 23:71
Shaun Marcum (’09) – NYM: 14G, 12GS; 1-10, 5.29ERA; 78.1IP, 21:60
Jimmy Nelson (’11) – MIL: 4G, 1GS; 0-0, 0.90ERA; 10.0IP; 5:8
Eric O’Flaherty (’05) – ATL: 19G, 0GS; 3-0, 2.50ERA; 18.0IP; 5:11
Jake Odorizzi (’10) – TB: 7G, 4GS; 0-1, 1SV, 3.94ERA; 29.2IP; 8:22
Manny Parra (’11) – CIN: 57G, 0GS; 2-3, 3.33ERA; 46.0IP; 15:56
Wily Peralta (’09) – MIL: 32G, 32GS; 11-15, 4.37ERA; 183.1IP; 73:129
JJ Putz (’00) – ARZ: 40G, 0GS; 3-1, 6SV, 2.36ERA; 34.1IP; 17:38
JC Ramirez (’08) – PHI: 18G, 0GS; 0-1, 7.50ERA; 24.0IP; 15:16
Rafael Soriano (’00) – WAS: 68G, 0GS; 3-3, 43SV, 3.11ERA; 66.2IP; 17:51
Caleb Thielbar (’10) – MIN: 49G, 0GS; 3-2, 1.76ERA; 46.0IP; 14:39
Tyler Thornburg (’11) – MIL: 18G, 7GS; 3-1, 2.03ERA; 66.2IP; 26:48
Matt Thornton (’00) – CHW: 40G, 0GS; 0-3, 3.86ERA; 28.0IP; 10:21
Matt Thornton (’00) – BOS: 20G; 0GS; 0-1, 3.52ERA; 15.1IP; 5:9
Chris Tillman (’07) – BAL: 33G, 33GS; 16-7, 3.71ERA; 206.1IP; 68:179
Anthony Varvaro (’07) – ATL: 62G, 0GS; 3-1, 1SV; 2.82ERA; 73.1IP; 25:43
It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Victor Roache Highlight #1: Three-run home run in the first. (HR #13)
Victor Roache Highlight #2: Grand slam (HR #14 – Michael and Toby from the office? Really, Dayton?)
Since the All-Star break, he’s felt like a different hitter and the results have reflected that. Thirty games into the second half, Roache has slugged eight homers with a .298 average and .908 OPS. Seven of those homers have come in July, when he’s hitting .321 with a 1.037 OPS in 20 games.
The difference for Roache has been pitch recognition, and those improvements have been driven by two factors.
“I think part of it is repetition,” he said. “I’m finally getting at-bats, and I’m feeling more confident in the box. I have an understanding of how the pitchers are pitching to me.
“I’ve also been tweaking my swing, keeping my front shoulder in and trying to land my front foot flat and square so I’m not spinning out with my front side. That’s allowed me to see the ball better and make more consistent swings.”
Go read it all.
To document the rest of his at plate appearances:
- Walked in the fourth with one out.
- Hit line drive about ankle high that the shortstop picked off the dirt in the seventh
- Was walked intentionally with one out in the ninth as the tying run
On the six games of the road trip Roache was 12-for-25 (.480) with four home runs, a double, and eleven RBI. He struck out seven times, but four of them came in that one game at Bowling Green.
Fans, you’re going to want to get out to the stadium and see if this hot streak continues on Wednesday.
Wisconsin goes 1-5 on the road trip. They could have easily gone 5-1. They were tied 2-2 in the to the bottom of the seventh at Bowling Green on July 17, led Bowling Green 5-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth on July 18, led Dayton 4-0 after the top of the first inning on July 21, and led Dayton 8-1 after the top of the second on July 22.
There were so many chances to end innings or limit the damage or just do something, anything to keep the Dragons from coming back on Monday night. But, it just didn’t happen. Three errors, a bases loaded walk, a bases loaded hit batsman, and a wild pitch to score the go ahead run. Also, the Rattlers didn’t have a hit from the second inning to the eighth inning. That’s just letting a team hang around to come back and get you in the end.
Kudos to Tyrone Taylor on a great throw to the plate to keep the Dragons from getting a fifth run in the eighth inning. He pegged out Winker at the plate to end the inning and kept the score at 10-9.
In the ninth they tying run was at third with two outs and Parker Berberet was at the plate…and…and…And this is how the game ended.
*sigh*….Are we home yet?
A stroke of the brush does not guarantee art from the bristles. – Ambassador Kosh
The Rattlers will be working on their bunt defense…a lot…the next time they are on the field for early work. There were three crucial errors on sacrifice bunt attempts by the Chiefs in the series. The mixup in the top of the first inning occurred when no one was covering first base. The mixup in the fourth occurred when there was miscommunication on who would get the ball. Then, the throw to first was hurried and wound up with an error.
I will take some of the blame for the balk. Nathan Baliva, the announcer for the Chiefs, and I were talking before the series started about how we hadn’t seen anyone try that bluff to third this season. Didn’t think that it would be a lefty that would do that.
In Wisconsin’s win against the Chiefs during this series, they had no errors. In their three losses against the Chiefs during this series, Wisconsin committed eight errors.
Peoria scored….calculating…..calculating…..22 runs with two outs during the four game series….22 out of 35 runs. I don’t know what that means…..but, I don’t think that it’s good.
Michael Reed reached base three times and doubled and stole a base and scored two runs. His average is up to .289. His OBP is up to .355. Oh, and his hitting streak is up to eight games (10-for-37).
Tyrone Taylor with a two-hit game…again. He’s tied with Reed for the most multi-hit games (13) on the 2013 Timber Rattlers squad.
Mike Garza with another triple. He’s got three this season.
Taylor Mangum with a 1-2-3 9th, including two strikeouts.
Welcome back to the lineup, Brent Dean! 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
The Rattlers went down swinging. Facing an 11-3 deficit in the bottom of the eighth, some teams would just say, “The HECK with this. There’s an off day tomorrow. Hit the showers and get out of here. That didn’t happen. I doubt if it will happen as long as Matt Erickson is in charge.
No man’s error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it. – Thomas Hobbes
Great job by the Timber Rattlers grounds crew and front office staff. They got the tarp on the field just before the sky opened and dropped an incredible amount of water in a short amount of time. Then, everybody worked to get the diamond ready to play. Teamwork by the front office to get this game in and keep the crowd entertained during the almost ninety minute delay from the scheduled start of the game to the actual start of the game.
The Rattlers really let a chance go by to score a run in the first inning. First and third with no outs. No runs.
There was a feeling of deja vu in the fifth inning. Austin Blaski threw the ball away to third base on a sacrifice bunt. A good throw gets the out. But, two runs scored on the play. Blaski committed the same error twice in a game against the Quad Cities River Bandits on May 16.
This one’s for some of you. The Chiefs had runners on first and second with no outs in the fifth. Their 4, 5, & 6 hitters all bunted. The two runs scored on the throwing error. The next batter struck out when he fouled off a bunt with two strikes. The next batter popped the bunt out to Blaski on the mound.
Speaking of three in a row, Peoria scored three runs on three straight two out singles in the sixth inning to push their lead out to 5-1. The Chiefs have scored 19 runs in this series. Thirteen of those runs have come with two outs.
Michael Reed extended his current hitting streak to six games with his single in the first.
Max Walla has six hits since returning to the Timber Rattlers. He has two doubles and a triple out of those three hits.
There were a couple of plays tonight where I was at a loss for words. Runners at first and second with two outs in the fifth inning. They already had three runs in and Blaski was trying to get out of the inning. Charlie Tilson sent a grounder to short. Arcia looked to third. Then, looked to second. The, looked to first. He never threw the ball and Tilson reached on a fielder’s choice.
The dropped popup in the sixth came on the last pitch that Blaski made and should have got him out of the inning. was … I don’t know. Mike Garza charged down from third base and was maybe 25 feet from the plate. The ball went into and out of his glove. The runner scored from second. That was the second straight two out error in that inning.
It was a frustrating evening all around for the Rattlers. Five walks, four errors, a hit batsman, and an 0-for-7 night with runners in scoring position.
Get ‘em tomorrow.
Nothing that we do, is done in vain. I believe, with all my soul, that we shall see triumph. ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
It was the best of times (Rattlers up 5-1 after the fifth inning). It was the worst of times (Peoria scores ten runs over their final four innings to beat the Rattlers 11-5).
Damien Magnifico racked up the pitch count – 90 in 5 innings. Five of his six strikeouts came on 3-2 pitches. But, he still looked good, went after hitters, and was in line for his sixth win of the season.
The Rattlers missed an opportunity to score some runs in the early. In the first innings, they had first and third with one out. In the second inning, they had second and third with no outs. They did not score in either inning.
Victor Roache reached base four times on Friday. A catcher’s interference in the second, a double in the fourth, a homer in the fifth, and a hit batsman in the seventh. That was the second time he’s reached on catcher’s interference this season. The double was scalded down the third base line. The homer was a high towering drive to left that cleared the wall for his sixth homer of the season. Roache now leads the Rattlers in homers.
Adam Giacalone had his tenth double of the season and a single for a multi-hit game. He’s hitting the ball well and starting to get some of those hard hit balls to fall in for hits.
Any one of the following three things could have led to Peoria’s comeback:
- They scored six unearned runs
- The scored eight runs with two outs
- They were 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position
Wisconsin’s pitchers made good pitches that turned into these slow grounders off the bat of the Peoria hitters that turned into hits or runs. Let’s look at that eighth inning rally that tied the game.
- Leadoff walk
- Slow roller to short for an infield single
- Sacrifice bunt
- Slow grounder to third. Throw home off target. That ties the game
That’s the tying run scoring without the ball leaving the infield. The leadoff walk did Rodolfo Fernandez no favors, but those two dribblers led to the first run and eventually two more as Jacob Wilson singled for two RBI later in the frame.
Get ‘em tomorrow. Game time is 6:35pm.
Bus leaves for Grand Rapids very, very early on Thursday for a six game road trip.
Pitching matchups for the two series are:
THU, 4/19: @West Michigan RHP David Goforth (1-0, 3.00) v. RHP Brennan Smith (1-0, 0.00)
FRI, 4/20: @West Michigan RHP Andy Moye (0-0, 0.00) v. RHP Wilsen Palacios (0-0, 3.38)
SAT, 4/21: @West Michigan RHP Matt Miller (0-2, 6.30) v. RHP Josue Carreno (0-2, 5.54)
SUN, 4/22: @South Bend RHP Drew Gagnon (0-0, 2.00) v. RHP Jeff Shields (0-2, 1.42)
MON, 4/23: @South Bend RHP Mark Williams (0-1, 2.77) v. LHP John Pedrotty (0-0, 4.44)
TUE, 4/24: @South Bend RHP David Goforth (1-0, 3.00) v. RHP Jesse Darrah (1-1, 4.50)
Tommy Toledo profile on the Post-Crescent Website. Well worth the click plus…The Tebow question:
Q: You were at Florida the same time as Tim Tebow. Was there such a thing as Tebow mania in Gainesville?
A: “Everybody was a Tebow fan. I’m a diehard Tebow fan. I was there watching the Gators and he was just awesome to follow. He was an unbelievable player to watch and we definitely looked up to him, too.”
Q: Did you ever meet him?
A: “Yeah, I met him a couple of times. He actually came to the baseball field a few times because his roommate, Riley Cooper, was on the baseball team. So we actually got to hang out with him and meet him a few times.”
I could really use a few preseason broadcasts to smooth out the rough edges of the day.
I THINK that I have a solution to the dropouts on the radio signal….Well, maybe not. I was just testing it and …. ARGH!
The production crew had some issues last night and my audio did not get to the highlights. But, they did get a few to put together:
Once I get back into the swing of things I’ll be back with the post-game thoughts post.
Right now, I just want to thank everybody for coming out to the game last night. The attendance was 4,576. That is the second largest home opener for the Rattlers. Only the 2009 opener of 5,487 was a bigger first night.
Let’s have some fun this year.
I meant to do this earlier today, but I slept in for a little longer than usual. Then, we had a front office review meeting for most of the day.
The boys in the production booth put together the top ten offensive and the top ten defensive plays of the year. Or, as I like to call it, “A bunch of plays where I sound like a raving lunatic.”*
Top ten Defensive Plays of the Year:
Top ten Offensive Plays of the Year:
Oh, you probably should have turned the speakers on your computers down a bit.
*-The production crew has another name for “Plays were Mehring sounds like a lunatic.” That name is Tuesday.