Results tagged ‘ Highlights ’

Postgame Thoughts (August 4, 2011)

Clinton 3, Wisconsin 2
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Well, shoot.
  • Miller pitched well again.
  • He made a very nice pitch and jammed Stefen Romero in the first inning.
  • But, was unfortunate that the ball dropped in for a two-out RBI single.
  • STOSH! and Casey Medlen both solid again out of the bullpen.
  • Did you know that Casey Medlen has allowed one unearned run and an 8:0 K:BB in 11 innings pitched since joining the team?
  • Well, he does.
  • Chad Stang with three hits AND a very nice read on a base hit to right-center that turned a single into a double AND led to the first Wisconsin run in the game.
  • I’m still not sure if Rivers caught that ball on the sacrifice fly by Rogers in the eighth inning.
  • It looked like it may have bounced, but Nick Shaw started to head back to first before the base umpire made the call.
  • Shaw was at first when the ball was hit and he had turned to look at the play to make sure he wasn’t caught some place he shouldn’t have been.
  • So, close.
  • Who knows? IF that ball falls in, there are at least runners at first and second with one out with the Rattlers down a run.
  • But, it doesn’t work that way.
  • By the way, Shaw extended his hitting streak to 11 games tonight.  It’s his second 11-game hit streak this season.
  • Oh, and Joey Paciorek has quietly put together a 7-game hitting streak.
  • Game four of the series is Friday night.  Last chance against the LumberKings this season.

Sorry for the bare bones.  Highlights have not generated yet

and the picture I took tonight was more terrible than what I usually take.  Head here to check for highlights.

Postgame Thoughts (August 3, 2011)

Rattlers 2, LumberKings 1 (12 innings)
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Brooks Hall with seven quality starts in 13 starts this season.
  • He worked very well today &  jammed a lot of LumberKings hitters.
  • For the record, Hall today: 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
  • Hall’s last two games: 12IP, 8H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 12 Ks
  • Rosario and Holle both looked very good as well.
  • Great to see Holle getting back on track. His two scoreless today followed 2-2/3 scoreless his last time out.
  • I think that catch by Rogers up in the highlights was within 10 minutes of this catch by Prince Fielder.
  • Struck me as a little cool.
  • Did you know…Nick Shaw reached base five times today?
  • Did you know…Nick Shaw has scored 65 runs this season? He’s tied for 5th in the league in runs.
  • Greg Hopkins kept plugging away today and when he got another chance he lined a single to drive in Shaw with the winning run.
  • That’s two walk-offs in the last three days AND a three game winning streak for the Rattlers.
  • The Rattlers rudely welcomed John Taylor to the Midwest League.
  • The starting pitcher for the LumberKings on Thursday is Roenis Elias.
  • Elias, too, will be making his MWL Debut tomorrow.  Elias defected from Cuba some time last year.
  • Our old friend Jay Yencich has a few details from May and a link.

Postgame Thoughts (August 1, 2011)

Walkoff homers are nice!

Rattlers 8, Burlington 5 (10 innings)
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Very nice.  Very, very nice.
  • Tip of the cap to the bullpen again!  Medlen, Rosario, and Lintz.
  • I am officially going with ‘wiry’ as the descriptor of Casey Medlen.
  • Rosario is still throwing some ridiculous stuff.
  • Lintz w/ two scoreless innings, two strikeouts, and no walks.
  • You know how I’ve been saying that the Rattlers don’t quit.  Tonight is a perfect example of that.
  • Look at the situation. Down 5-3 with two outs and a runner at first in the bottom of the ninth.
  • The offense hasn’t done much of anything since the second inning (three hits from the third through the eighth
  • Add to that the fact that the Rattlers had lost five straight games.
  • Lesser teams may have thought, “Geez, long night at the ballpark. That’s enough.”
  • Nope. Not the Rattlers.
  • Brownstein walks.  Keen singles! Shaw singles!! Tied 5-5!!!
  • And how about the bottom of the 10th!!
  • Two outs with none on.  Stang singles. Paciorek singles!  BROWNSTEIN HOMERS!
  • Game over, man!  Game over!
  • Where does that come from?
  • Well, let’s start with this picture

That's the manager warming up the pitcher between innings.

  • How can you not grab an oar and start rowing when the manager is out warming up pitchers between innings?
  • I wish I would have been a little quicker on the draw with the camera
  • I also apologize to the internet and radio listeners tonight.  The equipment at the ballpark used to broadcast back to the station overheated even with two fans on for pretty much all day.
  • We lost the signal in the bottom of the ninth…just before the hits by Keen & Shaw.
  • You can catch the highlights below because we are hardwired into the feed here at the stadium.
  • Plus, I am guessing that at least one of those highlights may make the Highlight page in the morning
  • Also, when you watch the highlights, you will have an answer to the question, “Where is Cody Hawn?”
  • To the highlights!
  • Good night. It’s been a long day.

Postgame Thoughts (July 30, 2011)

Burlington 8, Wisconsin 2
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Need to keep this short.  The team bus got in at 3am today and I was in early – “relatively” early.
  • My favorite part of that highlight video is the Burlington shortstop’s reaction to Walker being called safe on the double.
  • And he was safe.
  • There were a couple of early opportunities there for the Rattlers tonight.
  • In the words of someone else, “Stang stung the ball tonight”.
  • Stang went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk
  • Speaking of stinging the ball, take a look at the triple by Shaw in the highlights.
  • Rosario had some ridiculous stuff tonight.  Ridiculous. Stuff.
  • Stupid weather.  At least the storm blew threw quickly and the game started.
  • The grounds crew and just about everyone else in the front office did a great job getting the tarp on in quickly deteriorating conditions.
  • They got the tarp on after the game tonight as a “just in case” (At least, I hope it’s a “just in case”).  It’s scheduled to come off the field at 7am.
  • Gotta run. Quick sleep and a lot to do.  Get ‘em in the afternoon.

Wednesday’s Highlights

West Michigan 7, Wisconsin 5 (12 innings)
Boxscore | Game Story

Video Highlights:

Postgame thoughts (July 7, 2011)

Cougars 10, Rattlers 7
Boxscore | Game story

  • To answer the question, “I think so. At least since 2005″  The question?  “Is five homer allowed a record?”
  • I went back and looked after the game.  The most homers allowed in a game by the Rattlers since 2005 was four.
  • To give credit to the Cougars, none of them were cheap.
  • Jake Kuebler was hitting .196 with two homers in 37 games coming into Wednesday’s game.
  • He hit three home runs and got a call from the folks at  I believe this is the third or fourth time that an opposing player has received a call from the folks in New York after a game in Time Warner Cable Field.
  • A goal for the rest of the season should be for that NOT to happen any more.
  • Del Howell’s Line was: 3.2IP, 7H, 6R, BB, 2K, 2 HR. Unofficially: 57 pitches (32 strikes)
  • Look at those highlights again…Did Mitch Hodge fall down on the Jason Rogers double in the sixth inning?
  • Walker hit the home run off the top half of the rotating panels.  Remember! he’s left-handed, folks!
  • Not on the highlights is the last out of the game.  I really thought that Jason Rogers was going to at least get that ball off the wall in left-center to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth.
  • But, Eibner made a great catch.
  • Dang it!
  • Cody Hawn & Chad Stang both extended their hitting streaks to seven games.
  • Greg Hopkins is now at a nine game hitting streak.
  • Missed opportunity of the night: Bases loaded, no outs in the bottom of the 5th inning. Rattlers down 6-1. No runs. Ouch.
  • Back to Mitch Hodge for a second.  He has appeared in three games against the Rattlers this season. His line v. the Rattlers: 8IP, 15H, HB, 6BB, 4K.  Of the 22 base runners Wisconsin has had against Hodge, how many have scored?
  • Answer: Five.
  • I would not have thought that was even possible?
  • 12:05pm game time tomorrow. Weather’s going to be great, Matt Miller is on the hill. Come on out.
  • Get ‘em tomorrow.

Postgame thoughts (June 7, 2011)

A few highlights:

Captains 9, Rattlers 0
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Got to keep this one short. Early day tomorrow…again.
  • Jimmy Nelson had two out and none on in the fifth inning with the Rattlers down 1-0.  A .193 hitter singled.  A .176 hitter drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch.  Another walk loaded the bases.  He still had a chance to get out of the inning when facing Ronny Rodriguez with an 0-2 count.  An off-speed pitch was down, but not down enough. Rodriguez singled to left and drove in two runs.
  • You know what I hate?  I mean besides all those other things.  At the top of the list tonight is:  Getting messages from asking me to have an opposing starter get in touch with them for a story.  Tonight was the third time it’s happened because they wanted to talk to Mike Goodnight. Go read it. I don’t want to read it.
  • Also happening tonight for the third time?  The Rattlers have had three scheduled off days this season.  April 24, May 16, and June 6.  Each of those scheduled off days have been followed by home games for the Rattlers.  Follow this:
  • April 24: Off Day; April 25: 5-0 loss to Quad Cities
  • May 16: Off Day; May 17: 7-0 loss to Beloit
  • June 6: Off Day; June 7: 9-0 loss to Lake County
  • That’s weird.  Damn weird.
  • All you need to know about the playoff race: Burlington won; Quad Cities won; Peoria lost. Rattlers tied with Peoria two games behind Quad Cities for the Wild Card and 9-1/2 games behind Burlington. Rattlers have 12 games left.
  • Jameson Dunn on the hill Wednesday.
  • Tyler Thornburg has been bumped up to Thursday.
  • Get ‘em tomorrow.
  • Oh, by the way. The tarp is now on the field.

Postgame Post (May 23, 2011)

Video Highlights:

Timber Rattlers 4, Bees 3
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Tonight on It’s the Mind we examine the phenomenon of deja vu, that strange feeling you sometimes get
  • Seriously though, if 4-3 works…4-3 works.
  • What happened to Zach Braddock? Take it away, Tom Haudricourt: Zach Bradock had his third rehab outing with Class A Wisconsin canceled when he cracked a fingernail warming up in the bullpen and couldn’t properly grip the ball.
  • That’s what happened to Zach Braddock.
  • Austin Ross was pressed into service early and gave up some weird runs.  But, only three runs in 5-2/3 innings.
  • He did give up nine hits. That was a lot.
  • Weird weather day.  Bright blue to battleship gray to pouring rain and back again.  It was like a goofy screen saver or time lapse video.
  • Ross threw a lot of pitches in the first inning and I’m not sure if it was because he had to come in before he was supposed to or if he was trying to figure out the strike zone or what exactly it was, but he got through 5-2/3.
  • Eric Marzec took a wicked line drive off his right hip to start the seventh inning.  He gathered himself to track down the ball and get the first out of the inning.  He stayed in game and added another 1-1/3 innings to his scoreless month of May.
  • Greg Holle with a drama-free, two-inning save.  He is now 11-for-11 in saves.
  • I had stepped out of the booth as Holle started jogging into game.  I heard the rain start, but did not see how heavy it had become until I returned to the booth.  I think it was raining harder at that time than at any time during the rain delay on Saturday.
  • But, 20 minutes later, game on.  Two innings later game over.
  • Mike Walker hit that home run to left-center on an 0-2 pitch.  I still can’t believe he got a pitch that good on an 0-2 pitch.  Walker’s last three games against the Bees…Home Run…HBP…Home Run.  To be continued…on July 30?  Well, maybe not.
  • Robbie Garvey with a three hit day today!
  • What? The Rattlers and Bees don’t play again until July 30?  Sheesh.
  • Wisconsin took 4 of 5 from the division leading Bees. The Rattlers are five back of the Bees and there are 26 games left on the schedule.
  • This homestand was a huge accomplishment for this Rattlers team.  Think back before the start of the 10-games in seven days.  If I had told you that  Miller would leave after two batters, there would be three games that could be considered Johnny All-Staff (bullpen pitchers) games, three different pitchers would be called on to close out games, AND the offense would average 3.3 runs per game in those ten games, what would you have said to a 7-3 record? AND that six of the wins would have been by one run?
  • Stats are weird.  The Rattlers were actually outscored 37-33 on the homestand.
  • Again. Outstanding accomplishment for the Rattlers!
  • Not that they will get a chance to enjoy it.  14-games in 13-days on the road to Peoria, Kane County, Bowling Green, and Dayton.
  • For now. Enjoy it.  Talk to you tomorrow from Peoria!

Postgame Thoughts (May 22, 2011)

Timber Rattlers 4, Bees 3
Boxscore | Game Story

Video Highlights:

  • 4-3 win? Where have I seen that score for the Rattlers?
  • New Olympic Competition: 4-Man 27-out sprint.  You get four relievers.  You need to win the game.  GO!
  • I almost came up with something like: Outlined against a blue Wisconsin sky the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as famine, pestilence, destruction and death. These are only aliases. Their real names are: Dunn, Britt, Cravy and STOSH!
  • But, that would be plagiarism.
  • Great job today by all of the relievers.  Dun got through three.  Britt, who tossed seven innings on Wednesday against Beloit, comes back on three days rest for a couple of innings.  Cravy did the job, until he made the hot tag to STOSH!
  • Wawrzasek came out for the ninth inning and closed it out for the save.  That savesHolle for tomorrow if the Rattlers need him.  that’s big in a lot of ways.
  • Offensively, Shaw with two solid hits.  Mittelstaedt continues to heat up.  Dennis picks up an RBI through a drawn-in infield in the bottom of the first inning.
  • Yadiel Rivera got a gift of a 2-0 pitch to hit his first pro homer.  Look at where that thing was.  BOOM goes the dynamite!
  • Shaw with a couple of more webgems.
  • Today the weather decided to do something different.  It was AWESOME!  THEN, it rained.  A lot.  Then, it hailed!  Then, we were under a tornado warning.  Then, it stopped.  NOW, it’s starting again.  SHEESH!
  • That said, 5,580 was the attendance today.  Big things ahead…I think.
  • One of my favorite episodes of Without a Trace is Win Today.  Jack Malone proves he can take a punch…and much, much worse. Plus, there is this exchange between Jack and his surprise interrogator.
    Cynthia Neuwirth: You know what Joe Torre says.
    Jack Malone: Oh, I don’t know, what? Go Yankees?
    Cynthia Neuwirth: Win today. And all he’s got is George Steinbrenner to worry about.
  • My favorite episode of Without a Trace is Candy.  I will not provide links to that.
  • Zach Braddock and Austin Ross tomorrow.  Then, the Rattlers hit the road…for a long time…
  • Sorry for the quality of the post tonight. I’m running on empty and have a lot of stuff to do. Watch the highlights again and

Postdoubleheader post (May 21, 2011)

Game one Highlights:

Game two Highlights:

Game one:

Rattlers 4, Bees 3
Game Story | Boxscore

Game two:
Bees 10, Rattlers 4
Game Story | Boxscore

  • Game one
  • Brooks Hall looked good tonight.  A high school draft pick from 2009 comes in and goes five innings, allowed three runs on six hits, and struck out three.
  • All three runs and five of the six hits came in the third inning.  I wouldn’t consider any of the hits “screaming mimis” nor would I consider any of them “seeing-eye singles”.
  • Hall was sitting at 88-89 and his change-up was particularly effective tonight.  He threw 76 pitches and 50 of them were strikes.  He was behind in the count maybe five times in the game.  I thought it was a nice debut outing.
  • Especially the way he got out of a self-made jam in the fifth inning.  He got the first two outs rather quickly, but a walk and a hit batsman (on an 0-2 pitch no less) brought Yordy Cabrera to the plate.  The Brewers Prospect got over on the A’s prospect by spotting a 1-2 fastball perfectly on the inside corner for a called third strike.
  • Eric Marzec is now at 12 scoreless innings over seven outings in April.
  • Chris Dennis with his third triple of the season.  He also knocked in TJ Mittelstaedt with a single to put the Rattlers up 4-3.
  • Game two
  • Oh, what could have been.  Bases loaded one out, two runs in up 3-1, with the Bees defense reeling due to three, count them THREE errors in the frame.  But, a popout and a strikeout end the inning.
  • Then, the fourth inning happened….
  • I watched the Bees in the first two and a half games of this series and wondered how they had won 29 games.  I watched them in the top of the fourth and wondered how they had lost 12.
  • Now…they did get help – and a lot of it – from the Rattlers in that inning.  But, they saw the opening, pushed through, and made it bigger.
  • Damon Krestalude was the special guest starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers today.  His last outing prior to game two was May 9.  It lasted 2/3 of an inning.  He made it to the fourth, but gave up a single and a double to the first two batters.  He left after that.  He had tossed 67 pitches (36 strikes) in those 3+ innings.
  • Tom Keeling has been pretty solid out of the bullpen for the last few appearances.  But, there was something a little off today.  He walked the first batter he faced on four pitches.  A sacrifice fly was followed by a two-run triple, a hit batsman, another four pitch walk, an RBI single, a K, and a walk to force in a run.
  • Then, Brian Garman came in to walk in another run on four pitched.
  • WALKER, TIMBER RATTLER! He crushed a pitch for a home run to the beach in right-center in the fifth. HR #7
  • A meteor striking the earth didn’t kill the dinosaurs. It was a Mike Walker Home Run that traveled back in time and caused the Chicxulub impact crater.
  • TJ Mittelstaedt. Knuckleball. Awesome.
  • A bullpen so depleted that they have to turn to a knuckleballing infielder/outfielder…Not awesome.
  • Miscellaneous:
  • Saturday, May 21. A Day In The Life of the Tarp at Time Warner Cable Field.
    On the field from 12pm until 4:30pm
    Off the field from 4:30pm until 12am
    On the field right now
  • It’s not the tarp’s fault. It’s nobody’s fault.  But, saints preserve us, this is getting old.
  • I think that I may actually sound like a human being on the broadcast tomorrow instead of Tommy Tighe impersonating Paul Harvey trying to do a David Lee impression of young George Bailey saying, “Please don’t hit my sore ear again, Mr. Gower.”
  • For the second game in a row, I have no idea who is to be the starting pitcher for the Rattlers.  Add in the fact that I don’t know who will be starting for the Bees later today.  In the words of Count Mondego in the film ‘The County of Monte Cristo” after the Countess Mondego let’s him know that she is onto his unfaithfulness…”It’s actually quite… liberating. Wouldn’t you say?”
  • When I roused myself from my medicine induced haze this morning, I caught the end of an Australian Rules Football game on ESPN 2.  I feel like that football must fell – if it could feel – after a full game.

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