Results tagged ‘ Highlights ’

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 MiLB.com.  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 MiLB.com 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)

Final:
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.

Postgame Post (May 20, 2011)

Victory leap! Is Nick Shaw out-jumping Yadiel Rivera or did I just take this picture at a weird time?

Rattlers 4, Bees 3
Boxscore | Game Story

Video Highlights:

  • That was a much needed home run by TJ Mittelstaedt.  Both for himself and for the Rattlers.  For the team because it gave them the lead against the team with the best record in the Midwest League.  For the dirtbag because he had been 3-for-16 in his last six games without an RBI.
  • This needs to be said about TJ Mittelstaedt home runs, when he hits them, they travel.  That home run he hit in Quad Cities back on May 3 wound up on the top of one of the Tiki huts in right field.  The one tonight went deep onto the Miller High Life Home Run Porch, well beyond the 360′ sign.
  • Yes, My voice cracked. Twice. I really hate this freaking cold!
  • One other note on Mittelstaedt.  That RBI single in the second impressed me more than the home run.  He got a 2-2 change-up, stayed with it, and lined a single to center.  That is one of the textbook definitions of how to hit that pitch.
  • Does TJ stick with the TV Theme Song he used for a walkup song tonight?
  • I talked with Matt Erickson before the game and he said that they needed Charly Bashara go deep into the game…no matter what.  That no matter what meant that if the game went south, the lefty out of Northeastern would have to “wear it” in baseball parlance.  Thankfully that didn’t happen and Bashara recorded a quality start.  With all of the turmoil in the OMYGOD DID YOU, PRINCE!!!!!??!?! DID YOU!!!???  YOU DID!!!!
  • Sorry, where was I?
  • Oh, right….With all of the turmoil in the Timber Rattlers rotation right now, expect Bashara to make at least one more start…Maybe next Wednesday in the doubleheader at Peoria.
  • Doubleheader.  There’s another word I don’t want to hear again.
  • Tyler Cravy found another gear after giving up those two hits to start the seventh inning.  Five K’s in two innings  Three looking.  You can see why he struck out so many at Napa Valley College and why the Brewers drafted him.
  • You know who – besides me – was happiest about the 1-2-3 9th inning for the save by Greg Holle?  Greg Holle.  Look at the emotion after the strikeout to end the game.
  • Those are not old highlights.  Yadiel Rivera and Nick Shaw continue to make web gems (please do sue me, espn) on a nightly basis.
  • Reggie Keen picked up his eighth outfield assist.  This one may have been more due to luck that a great arm.  Runners at first and second, Yordy Cabrera doubles to left-center.  Keen misses both cutoff men, the ball bounces to Hopkins in short left.  Hopkins throws a strike to the plate to get the runner trying to score from first.  Luck is where preparation meets skill or something like that.
  • Reggie really didn’t do anything easy tonight.  As you see in the highlights, he stole third, but took off early and if the pitcher makes a good throw Keen is out.  But, the throw was rushed and Keen scores.
  • Reggie also with 17 stolen bases on the season.
  • I’d like to be able to tell you who will be starting for the Rattlers over the next few days.  I THINK that Brooks Hall is supposed to start tomorrow and I THINK it is supposed to be game one.  But, game two?  I don’t know.  Sunday? I don’t know.  Monday?  That would be Happy Austin Ross Day!
  • Just pointing this out. The Timber Rattlers are 22-18 after 40 games.  They are four games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2005 season.
  • No updates on Matt Miller or Cody Hawn.  Maybe tomorrow.
  • The best way to get rid of a phrase or a song that has been buzzing around in your head is to share it with someone.

Postsweep Post (May 19, 2011)

Video Highlights

Game one:

Game two:

Not available yet.  Please check youtube.com/timberrattlertv and click on 2011 Game highlights.  I’ll update with the video in the morning.

As promised:

Game one
Rattlers 6, Snappers 1
Boxscore | Game Story

Game two
Rattlers 4, Snappers 3
Boxscore | Game Story

Game one:

  • Tyler Thornburg 6IP, 0R, 7K and his third straight win.
  • I had Thornburg at 50 pitches through four innings in game one.  To put that in perspective, he was at 79 pitches through four innings in his last start.  It helped quite a bit that he was ahead 0-2 on a lot, and I do mean A LOT, of hitters tonight.
  • A little surprised when he did not come back out for the seventh inning.  I did not get a chance to ask why, but in the grand scheme of things does a 7-inning complete game shutout in the Midwest League help Tyler Thornburg when he gets the Big Leagues.
  • Yes. I said “when”, not “if”.
  • He helped himself with that athletic play on the double play to end the fifth inning.
  • I would guess that Chris Dennis has his confidence back.  He was so confident that he would score from second on Mike Walker’s single to left in the third inning that he blew through Matt Erickson’s stop sign.  The Rattlers manager could have brought down a couple of those big gates with the flashing lights and ringing bells at railroad crossings and Dennis still would have thought he could beat the train.
  • That being said,  Dennis was 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI in game one.
  • Walker, Timber Rattler doesn’t need confidence. He is confidence.  3-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI, AND a SB
  • Take another look at that game-ending double play from game one.  Rivera, yes, I’ve come to expect that from Rivera at short.  But, when you see TJ Mittelstaedt hang in there to turn it, keep in mind that he has started all of ZERO games at second base this season.  That, my readers, is the definition of a “Dirtbag”.
  • I saw a lot…and I mean A LOT…of interest  about Cody Hawn on twitter and some of the minor league sites tonight.  Here is the timeline:
    1. Cody Hawn starts at DH in his usual #3 slot in the batting order
    2. Cody Hawn scores from first base on a Chris Dennis 2B in the third inning
    3. Greg Hopkins pinch-hits for Hawn in the 5th inning
    4. Cody Hawn does not start at 1B or DH in game two of the twinbill
    5. That is about it.  Hawn had played in the first 38 Timber Rattlers games this season.  If there are any updates that I can give, I will pass them along.

    Game two:

  • I don’t know what happened to Matt Miller.  He gave up a ground rule double to the second batter he faced.  Then, trainer Jeff Paxson, pitching coach Chris Hook, and manager Matt Erickson headed out to the mound.  I saw Miller wince once as he turned to go back to the mound, but he was not allowed to throw any pitches to show that he was okay.  The just walked him back to the dugout from there.  I did not receive an update during the game.  If there are any updates that I can give, I will pass them along.
  • Jameson Dunn.  I said in the game story that he was a little shaky, but that may have been an exaggeration.  He allowed both inherited runners to score, but one was on a grounder and one was on a potential inning-ending double play that Nick Shaw couldn’t turn because – and I am just guessing here – that his tag of the 6’7, 270-something Michael Gonzales may have disrupted his throw to first base.
  • STOSH!  3IP, H, 2BB, 6K…Imagine what he could do if he started out 0-1 on most of his hitters.  I am not kidding when I say that he was 1-0 on the first six batters he faced in the game.  He had to have been at 1-0 on 8 of the 12 Snappers he faced.
  • BONUS STOSH! The Canucks are up 2-0 on San Jose in the Western Campbell Conference Finals.  I think he went three innings tonight so he could somehow find a way to follow game three on Friday night.  There’s a lot more privacy in the bullpen.
  • Eric Marzec has now made six outings in May, pitched 10 innings, and allowed ZERO runs.  That save tonight was his first as a professional.
  • Dennis drives in two more, including the game winning run in the fourth.  He did stop at third after coming around from first base on Walker’s double in the third.
  • Although, I am still trying to wrap my head around that play that scored the winning run.  This is how I wrote it up in the game story.Dennis was at the plate with Yadiel Rivera at third and Keen at first. Dennis hit a flyball to shallow center and Wang Wei Lin came on to make a diving catch. Rivera tagged and scored. However, Keen, who went halfway to second on the flyball, thought the ball had been caught and did not see or hear the out call by the base umpire. Keen headed to second base as the throw went home to catcher Matt Parker.Gonzales, the first baseman for the Snappers, was not covering first base since he was the cutoff man on the throw home. Parker realized the that the catch had been made before Keen. This allowed Parker to begin sprinting for first base and eventually just barely beat Keen to the bag to double him off first to end the inning with an odd 8-2 double play.And since Rivera scored before the final out had been recorded, the run counted to put the Rattlers up 4-3.
  • Not sure if Reggie didn’t see the out call because he sure as heckfirethought that he saw the ball hit the ground.  His vantage point was just about as good at the base umpire who made the call.Miscellaneous
  • There was a little confusion before the game today.  First, Zach Braddock was supposed to start game two.  Then, an hour later he was not going to start.  Then, Brooks Hall was placed on the roster and Del Howell went on the DL.  Then roughly 10 minutes before I went on with the pregame show Jimmy Nelson and Hall were moved to the Helena roster*.  Damon Krestalude came off the DL and Dunn was transferred to the Rattlers.
  • Just a guess, but there will probably be more roster moves coming up in the next day or two.  Because Hall was scheduled to pitch one of the games against Burlington this weekend.
  • *-meaning do not read too much into these moves.  Remember that the Rattlers are in a stretch of 12 games in 8 days…or to really shock you 7 games in four days.
  • I would love to give you the probable rotation for the Rattlers series with Burlington (and the Bees rotation, too).  But, everything is off kilter.  It is still Charly Bashara on Friday.  Saturday was supposed to be Del Howell/TBA. Sunday was Nelson. Monday was Ross.  As of now, the only one that I certain of is Bashara on Friday an Ross on Monday.
  • The Rattlers are 21-18 after 39 games this season.  Just for reference:
    2010: 13-26
    2009: 18-21
    2008: 19-20
    2007: 11-28
    2006: 17-22
    2005: 21-18
    2004: 17-22
  • Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am dehydrated, my throat is sore, my nose is stuffed up, and yet I am not even close to tired.  But after a sweep of the Snappers by the Rattlers, I don’t mind at all.  Has anyone seen Broomy McSweep?

Postdoubleheader post (May 18, 2011)

Sorry. If you heard the games yesterday or if you listen to the highlights below, you’ll realize why this is so late.

Game one Highlights:

Game two Highlights:

  • Austin Ross. That is all
  • Greg Holle got it done
  • Chris Dennis crushed that homer in the first game
  • Only a great diving play by Gunner Glad in the bottom of the seventh inning kept the Rattlers from the sweep
  • That play robbed Dennis of the game-winning hit in both games
  • Dan Britt retired 15 in a row after the third inning.
  • It’s weird when you talk about an extra-inning game ending in the eighth.
  • Two more today.
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