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Mehring in Arizona Interview -Gary Lucas (March 29, 2016)

The main article with the writeup of the 1-1 tie with Dayton is over at the Timber Rattlers website.

Here is the full interview with Wisconsin Timber Rattlers pitching coach Gary Lucas.  The sound quality of this interview was much better, but I made a mistake when talking about Drake Owenby.  He actually worked five scoreless innings.  I said four scoreless in my question about him to Gary.

This photo is (Left to Right): Rick Tomlin, Jeff Paxson, and Lucas watching Drake Owenby pitch during the game:
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This is Owenby pitching in the game:
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A few notes from the game:

Dayton catcher Nick Travieso was the designated bunter in the game.  He was not in the starting lineup, but in the second, third, fifth, and sixth innings he went to the plate to bunt with a runner on first and less than two outs.  In the third inning, Travieso went up to bunt with one out and a runner at first.  The runner was picked off by Owenby and Travieso was removed from the box in place of the hitter whose turn it was supposed to be in the order.

In the top of the seventh inning, the Dragons pitcher retired the side in order, but still needed work, so he got one more batter in the frame.  He got a 1-2-3-4 inning.

Then, in the top of the eighth, that same pitcher left the game after a walk and a sacrifice bunt.  So much for no pitching changes during innings of minor league spring training games.

The Rattlers didn’t bring enough pitchers to cover the bottom of the tenth inning, so the Dragons didn’t get to bat in that turn.  The game ended in a tie after 9-1/2 innings.

Here is the tweet with the Timber Rattlers lineup on Tuesday afternoon:

 

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Here is the link to the Periscope video of the fourth inning of Tuesday’s game. It’s 21 minutes….and still without sound.

Postgame Comments & Highlights – April 13, 2015

Peoria 3
Wisconsin 0
Boxscore | GameDay | Game Story

Luis Aviles and Jake Gatewood watch Gatewood's throw to first on an attempted double play in the second inning.

Luis Aviles and Jake Gatewood watch Gatewood’s throw to first on an attempted double play in the second inning.

Postgame Comments (Thank you, Kyle Lobner):
Matt Erickson:

Carlos Leal:

Highlights:

Get them tomorrow.

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL!

BACON!

BACON!

Postgame Post – April 12, 2015

Peoria 11
Wisconsin 1
Boxscore | GameDay | Game Story

Great Game!

Great Crowd of 5,954 to set a record in a Timber Rattlers home opener!

Postgame Comments (Thanks to Kyle Lobner)

Kodi Medeiros:

Matt Erickson:

Sunday’s Highlights:

Get ’em tomorrow

Matt Erickson Interview & Spring Training Photos – March 24, 2015

Mehring From Arizona: The Final 2015 Chapter is on the main website with a recap of the day’s action.  Also, here is a link to Jonathan Mayo’s piece from Brewers camp late last week.  A taste:

Breakout candidates

During his full-season debut, No. 21 prospect David Denson took his fair share of lumps. He looks the part of a big, strong left-handed-hitting first baseman. But some holes in his swing were exposed and he didn’t tap into his considerable raw power consistently. Denson will be just 20 for all of this season, so there’s time yet for him to adjust.

“I think he’s going to come around this year,” Nichols said. “We’ll see the adjustments he makes. He was at a higher level, probably, than he should’ve been, and he battled some injuries. He has a tremendous eye and big-time power. With that combination, I think he’s going to have a breakout year this year.”

Nichols also is expecting a big year from Brandon Woodruff, the system’s No. 30 prospect and an 11th-round pick from last June’s Draft. His combination of command and game plan intrigue the Brewers.

“I think you’re going to see something from him,” Nichols predicted. “He pitches inside with a fastball. He can pitch in on purpose. He has an idea of what he’s doing. His mechanics are clean. He’s not grunting and groaning out there. He might be in Brevard, he’ll maybe skip a level.”

There is also a three questions segment with Kody Medeiros, a possible Rattler in 2015.

Here’s today’s interview with Matt Erickson, Wisconsin’s manager.  We discuss Devin Williams, Milton Gomez, Jake Gatewood, and Dustin DeMuth…and a few other things.

Photos from today:

Defense

Defense

Catchers.

Catchers.

He caught it.

He caught it.

Gary Lucas watches Devin Williams warmup in the bullpen before the game.

Gary Lucas watches Devin Williams warmup in the bullpen before the game.

Nice View.

Nice View.

Offense at Camelback.

Offense at Camelback.

I got a little of the fence in this one.

I got a little of the fence in this one.

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That will do it from Arizona. Back to Wisconsin tomorrow.  Can the season start yet?!

Gary Lucas Interview and Spring Training Photos – March 23, 2015

The latest Mehring in Arizona column is available on the main website.

Here is a brief interview with Gary Lucas, the new pitching coach of the Timber Rattlers.

Photos from today’s game over at Hohokam against the A’s.

The Cubs used to play here.

The Cubs used to play here.

JB Kole, Milwaukee's 8th round pick out of Villanova, was the starting pitcher for Wisconsin.

JB Kole, Milwaukee’s 8th round pick out of Villanova, was the starting pitcher for Wisconsin.

Luis Aviles scores Wisconsin's first run of the game.

Luis Aviles scores Wisconsin’s first run of the game.

Shade!

Shade!

Ironically, there was a bad hop single in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Ironically, there was a bad hop single in the bottom of the fifth inning…right after this happened.

Matt Erickson coaches Luis Aviles at third base.

Matt Erickson coaches Luis Aviles at third base.

Aviles scores on a Greg Munoz sacrifice fly.

Aviles scores on a Greg Munoz sacrifice fly.

Josh Uhen on the mound for the Timber Rattlers on Monday.

Josh Uhen on the mound for the Timber Rattlers on Monday.

Harvey Martin is about to get out of a jam.

Harvey Martin is about to get out of a jam.

Matt Erickson Interview and Spring Training Photos – March 22, 2015

Check out the Mehring in Arizona column over on the main website for details on the action today in Minor League camp.

For the blog content: I had an opportunity to interview Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson after the game today.  Click to hear it as we discuss….stuff:

Sunday’s Photos:

I love this view.

I love this view.

Drills.

Drills.

Infield/Outfield

Infield/Outfield

Teaching

Teaching

First inning action with Jonathan Broxton on the mound for the Rattlers.

First inning action with Jonathan Broxton on the mound for the Rattlers.

Gilbert Lara drives in a run for Wisconsin.

Gilbert Lara drives in a run for Wisconsin.

Jim Henderson also pitched an inning for the Rattlers on Sunday.

Jim Henderson also pitched an inning for the Rattlers on Sunday.

This isn't a bad view either.

This isn’t a bad view either.

Brandon Diaz heads home after a Lara RBI single in the fifth.

Brandon Diaz heads home after a Lara RBI single in the fifth.

Alan Sharkey drives in the tying run with a SAC FLY in the 9th.

Alan Sharkey drives in the tying run with a SAC FLY in the 9th.

Sthervin Matos has his bat flip in mid-season form after his single in the ninth put the Rattlers up 5-4.

Sthervin Matos has his bat flip in mid-season form after his single in the ninth put the Rattlers up 5-4.

David Goforth pitched the ninth ining of the Brewers win in the big league stadium.

David Goforth pitched the ninth ining of the Brewers win in the big league stadium.

This isn't a bad view either!

This isn’t a bad view either!

 

 

 

 

Matt Erickson on the radio

Marquess Pfaff of WSCO had Matt Erickson on his show yesterday.  Click this link to hear the interview.

Matt Erickson, manager of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Matt Erickson, manager of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Alumni Birthdays for January 29:
None.

That’s weird

Postgame Post – September 3, 2014

Kane County leads Best-of-three first round series 1-0.

Kane County 7
Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Recap
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To continue their season, the Rattlers need to go to Kane County and take two straight from the Cougars.  Kane County was 54-17 at home in the regular season.

Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
David Denson:

Johnny Davis:

Matt Erickson:

Photos (Ann Mollica):
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Highlights:

Postgame Post – August 29, 2014

Burlington Bees 4
Timber Rattlers 2
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Recap

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Tune in later today for details on the mess that is the playoff race in both the East and the West.

Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
Johnny Davis:

Matt Erickson:

PHOTOS (Ann Mollica):
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Taylor Brennan has hit three grand slams this season.  Two of those slams have come after the Rattlers and Steinhafel’s started a promotion that gave a fan in attendance at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium a Steinhafel’s gift card.  The value kept going up between each bases loaded homer at home.  On Thursday night, the winner received a gift card for $1,500 after the Brennan slam.  Three of Wisconsin’s grand slams at home have given away a total of $4,125 in Steinhafel’s gift cards.  That’s why I love this photo:
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Highlights:

Postgame Post – August 28, 2014

Burlington Bees 5
Timber Rattlers 9
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Recap
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Postgame Comments:
Taylor Brennan:

Chuckie Caufield:

Photos (Ann Mollica):
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Highlights:

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