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Postgames post – April 16, 2014

Pregame interview with Chris McFarland:

Game 1 (8 innings):

Lansing 7
Wisconsin 10
Boxscore | Game Story | Game Day

Game 1 Walkoff Photos from Ann Mollica….I can’t tell if they are celebrating or trying to stay warm.






Between games interview with Matt Erickson:

Game 2:

Lansing 0
Wisconsin 1
Boxscore | Game Story | Game Day

I was terrible tonight.  In everything…and I don’t want to risk making anything worse in the post.  But, the Rattlers won two games to move to 8-4.  I’ll be better tomorrow.

Video Highlights Game 1:

Video Highlights Game 2:

Flashback Friday Supplement – 1969 Foxes Bus photo

If you caught today’s Flashback Friday on the Timber Rattlers website, you saw a cropped photo of the 1969 Appleton Foxes.  They are posing before heading out on their final road trip of the season.

Here’s that whole photo  – with the caption to identify all the people. 

Click for the full size photo. (Post-Crescent Photo)

Click for the full size photo. (Post-Crescent Photo)

My only wishes are that it would be to have the color photo….And to see if we could get the Timber Rattlers players and coaches of 2014 to wear matching outfits on a bus ride.

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:


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:

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:



Thursday’s Highlights:

Thursday’s Rally Song:

No matter how improbable – Postgame Post for July 28, 2013

Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. – Sherlock Holmes

Line drive to right off the bat of Garrett Cooper in the bottom of the ninth....

Line drive to right off the bat of Garrett Cooper in the bottom of the ninth….

Burlington 5
Wisconsin 6
Boxscore | Game Story

Game winner!

Game winner!

I’ll update this post later tonight. Right now enjoy much better pictures and ignore the goofball calling the highlights who can’t keep his own players straight in his mind.


A better angle on the winning run (Photo by Ann Mollica).

A better angle on the winning run (Photo by Ann Mollica).

Jorge Lopez got there first.

Jorge Lopez got there first. (Photo by Ann Mollica)

Then, everyone else got there.

Then, everyone else got there.(Photo by Ann Mollica)

Sunday, July 28, 2013 Highlights:

A very satisfying thump – Postgame post for June 2, 2013

They were the bad guys, as you say, we were the good guys. And they made a very satisfying thump when they hit the floor. – G’Kar, Babylon 5; A Late Delivery from Avalon

Chris McFarland dives into third after his 2-run triple in the 3rd inning.

Chris McFarland dives into third after his 2-run triple in the 3rd inning.

Peoria 5
Wisconsin 7
Boxscore | Game Story

Once Jorge Lopez got locked in after the second inning he was the pitcher that threw the six no-hit innings at Quad Cities during the road trip.  He had movement and pitched with confidence.  The only difference was that he threw a lot more strikes.  He had 92 pitches/59 strikes over six innings.

The only issue he had was getting out of the second inning.  He gave up the two out RBI single to Kelly that put the Chiefs up 1-0.  Then, he gave up a single to Nick Martini (.165) and walked Gerwuins Velazquez (.154) to load the bases before Breyvic Valera singled on a 2-0 pitch to send in two runs for a 3-0 deficit.

To be fair, the RBI single by Kelly to start the scoring for the Chiefs was a dying quail in right that Michael Reed made a great diving attempt to make the catch.  The ball was in his glove, but bounced out when he hit the turf.

Very impressive third inning for the Timber Rattlers as they sent eleven men to the plate and scored six times.  Everybody hit the ball hard in that inning.

Chris McFarland with a breakout kind of day on Sunday.  Singled in the run in the second with a sinking line drive to left.  The triple to right was fun to watch.  He also made a bid for another extra base hit in the fifth inning, but a Martini made a fine running catch near the corner.

Michael Reed extended his current hitting streak to seven games with his double in the third inning.  Make of the following streaks what you will.  According to the stats, Reed has a 23-game on base streak, a run that started May 6.  He has also reached base in 21 consecutive home games dating back to April 13.

Tyrone Taylor was on base four times today.  He singled twice (Multi-hit game #12 for him) and walked twice.

Rattlers manager Matt Erickson has to be happy with the win.  But, I am just going to guess that he was most pleased with an error-free performance by his defense.  After six errors in the first two games of the series against the Chiefs, the goose egg in the ‘E’ column made today even better.

Sunday’s Highlights:


Tyrone Taylor heads for home and Michael Reed goes for third after Victor Roache's single in the third inning.

Tyrone Taylor heads for home and Michael Reed goes for third after Victor Roache’s single in the third inning.

Parker Berberet's single eludes Ildemaro Vargas and Mike Garza avoids Parker Berberet's single.

Parker Berberet’s single eludes Ildemaro Vargas and Mike Garza avoids Parker Berberet’s single.

Jorge Lopez makes a pitch in Sunday's game.

Jorge Lopez makes a pitch in Sunday’s game.

Another one? Another one.

As soon as Friday’s game was called, I went looking for the nearest marquee that included a temperature.  Fortunately, I didn’t have to walk far:

  Not that it would have been any better back home.  Thanks, Kevin.


No game tonight…Obviously. Two on Saturday starting at 4pm. There will be a doubleheader when the Timber Rattlers host the LumberKings in May (May 8-10).

This is eight postponements in 2013. I am going to update the Rating April since 2003 post to include 2012 and 2013. It will be up tomorrow morning.

For now, enjoy pictures of Ashford University Field and the Timber Rattlers getting their work in for the day.

The wind would have been blowing out to left today.

The wind would have been blowing out to left today.

The game would not be called for about 40 more minutes.

The game would not be called for about 40 more minutes.

So THAT's where the original home of 'Chicken George' is located!

Candlelight Inn?!?! So THAT’s where the original home of ‘Chicken George’ is located!

Getting in work.

Getting in work.

If we have learned nothing else over the last eleven days, we know that the Timber Rattlers are now experts at hitting in the cages.

If we have learned nothing else over the last eleven days, we know that the Timber Rattlers are now experts at hitting in the cages.

Two cages. Some waiting.

Two cages. Some waiting.

I had visions of a line drive heading right for my lens.  Had to move the camera quickly to avoid that possibility.

I had visions of a line drive heading right for my lens. Had to move the camera quickly to avoid that possibility.

Yeesh. Can they just PLAY baseball!?!?

Although, the baseball coaches of Appleton West and Menasha High Schools had a heck of an idea.

Sadly, no such deal could be worked out in Clinton tonight.

Tip of the cap to JP Cadorin for a pointer to that PC Sports tweet.

First of many doubleheaders

It’s been a long day and we are still ironing out some of the bugs with the broadcast (radio, internet, in house, and the highlights.

Here are a few things to warm you on a cold night:
Clint Coulter hit the ball really really far for his game one homer.
Orlando Arcia had a hit in both games to extend his hitting streak to seven games
The Timber Rattlers actually played two games on Saturday!!!!  TWO!!!!

Game one:
Kane County 6
Wisconsin 7
Boxscore | story


Game two:
Kane County 3
Wisconsin 1
11 innings
Boxscore | story


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Another twinbill on the docket for Sunday.  Game one starts at 1:05pm.

Lineup and Game Notes – April 13, 2013

This was the field at a little past 8am today:




This was the field at a little past 10am today:




Ernie, what do you have for us?

Let's play two!

Let’s play two!

You may tune in for todays’s broadcast a few different ways:

In the listening area, dial around to AM1280, WNAM.  This is one of the internet links to listen to the game.   WNAM is also available on IHeartRadio as a website and as an app for your smart phone.  Today’s doubleheader is also available to subscribers of

Timber Rattlers Lineup (Game one):
Tyrone Taylor – CF
Orlando Arcia – SS
Mitch Haniger – RF
Parker Berberet – DH
Clint Coulter – C
Mike Garza – 1B
Jose Sermo – 3B
Alfredo Rodriguez – 2B
Michael Reed – LF

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitchers:
Game one: Tyler Wagner
Game two: Mike Strong

Kane County Starting Pitchers:
Game one: Ian Dickson
Game two: Felix Pena

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:

Decorations around the ballpark

When you come out to a game at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium this season – and there will be games at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium this season — you will see some new things.

I am not talking about the club level and the suites and the other renovations around the stadium.  I’m talking about the decorations.  The Wall of Fame came down because of the renovations, but that is just temporary.  To make sure there wasn’t just a blank concrete block wall when you walk into the ballpark, we hung the most recent championship banners of Appleton Professional Baseball:

The Foxes Banners from 1982-1984 and the 2012 Timber Ratters Pennant.

The Foxes Pennants from 1982-1984 and the 2012 Timber Ratters Pennant.

There are some banners on the outside of the stadium.  We selected a group of former Timber Rattlers players who are either Brewers prospects or are currently with the Brewers.

Khris Davis

Khris Davis

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Wily Peralta

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Jim Henderson

Hiram Burgos

Hiram Burgos

Hunter Morris

Hunter Morris

Tyler Thornburg

Tyler Thornburg

Scooter Gennett

Scooter Gennett

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Yadiel Rivera

Mitch Haniger

Mitch Haniger

There are a few others, but you’ll just have to come out to the stadium to see who they are.

This is the part I really like.  This old photograph of Goodland Field from the days of the Appleton Papermakers is on the wall behind the registers in the new Snake Pit Team Store.  It is awesome.  Sadly, the location is not lit properly for a good photo to be taken.  Also – if you’ll remember – I am a bad photographer.

The light pole in foul territory cracks me up every time.

The light pole in foul territory cracks me up every time.

A closer look at the left side of the photo.

A closer look at the left side of the photo.

A closer look at the right side of the photo.

A closer look at the right side of the photo.

Look at the bat rack outside the dugout in the last picture.  Heck, look at the dugout in that last picture.  There are plenty of details in this photo on the wall.  When you come out to the team store, look at it and sees what grabs your attention. 

In case you missed it, the Rattlers were rained out again.  Thursday is the third straight game at home that has been rained out.  This weather….ugh.  I had to give the penguin the day off.  He was out enjoying this weather and wouldn’t check in with me.  Jerk.

However, Fang & Whiffer both got out in the elements to sing and dance and emote their fuzzy hearts out.  Enjoy:


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