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The Rattlers have won nine of their last ten to get to 34-32. This is the first time they are two games over .500 since they were 10-8 on April 23.
But, I’m afraid I have some Bad News:
Burlington dodged a lot of Clinton opportunities and defeated the LumberKings 3-2 in eleven innings at Clinton. One Burlington win in their final three games of the half will help them claim the Wild Card spot. One Rattler loss in their last three games at Quad Cities knocks them out of the playoff picture in the first half.
If you remember back to the end of the second half of the 2013 season, the River Bandits knocked the Rattlers out of the playoffs with a sweep in Grand Chute heading into the final road trip of the season.
Pregame Interview with Garrett Cooper:
Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
Francisco Castillo (translated by Omar Garcia):
On to the QC!
Here’s the thing…
Quad Cities 34-31
Basically, the Rattlers elimination number is two. If the Rattlers win out they will be 37-32. If Burlington goes 2-2 in their last four games, the Bees will also be 37-32. But, the Bees have the tie-breaker since they went 5-3 against Wisconsin.
A loss in any of these last four games could eliminate the Rattlers…IF Burlington winds up at the top..
Tie involving more than two teams: 1) Best winning percentage in games involving tied teams for the full season; 2) best run differential in games involving tied teams for the full season; 3) best winning percentage in second-half games involving tied teams; 4) best run differential in second-half games only in games involving tied teams.
I won’t start figuring this out until I have to….so…tomorrow night, eh?
Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
Highlights are taking awhile to load again. They will be added to the pregame post tomorrow.
What a difference for Zach Quintana:
6/6 v. Cedar Rapids: IP, H, 5R, 4BB, 0K
6/11 v. Beloit: 3.1IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
And he picked up his first MWL win.
Brennan is greeted at the dugout after his game-tying grand slam. It happened so long ago it feels blurry and out of focus:
Most of what I needed to say is in the game story. Click that link up top for the details…but, to give you the main point:
The Wild Card leading Burlington Bees lost 4-2 at Clinton. The Quad Cities River Bandits won 6-2 at Cedar Rapids. The Peoria Chiefs were rained out in their home game against Kane County. The Bees and River Bandits are now tied for the Wild Card at 34-30. Peoria is 33-30 and a half game behind the Bees and River Bandits. The Timber Rattlers could have moved closer in the playoff chase had they scratched a run across after tying the game for their eighth straight win. But, it was not to be for Wisconsin as they fell back to the .500 mark and remain two games out of the Wild Card spot.
…with five games to play.
Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
The call that Jon and Matt discuss is the play in the bottom of the 14th. Francisco Castillo at first is running and Rafael Neda sends a sharp grounder near Castillo. Castillo avoided getting hit by the ball a slid into second. Pan, the second baseman, fielded the ball and flipped to Mercedes, the shortstop covering the bag. Mercedes threw on to first to get Neda and it looked like Castillo would be on second with one out. The umpire had ruled “safe” in that the ball missed Castillo, but called him out at second on the force play and Neda out at first on the double play….Eshleman followed with a double to the gap in left center….but was left stranded.
Want to see that play on the replay again?…Be there in a bit, TWC SportsChannel on demand.
I was told that the Highlights would take 1000 hours to upload to YouTube tonight. I will try to remember to add those highlights in the morning.
Meanwhile….we have a new #1 for the longest game in Timber Rattlers history. Here’s the old list…The scary coincidence is the #3 on that list…which is now #4
3.) May 20, 2010: The Peoria Chiefs beat the Rattlers 9-6 in fifteen innings in a game that took 5:06 in Grand Chute. This game…. The reason Wisconsin made it to extra innings was a three-run bottom of the ninth to tie the game 4-4. They tying run scored on a wild pitch. Peoria scored a run in the top of the twelfth. Wisconsin scored a run in the bottom of the twelfth on an error by the left fielder. Peoria ran out of pitchers and had to turn to catcher Mario Mercedes in the bottom of the fourteenth. Scooter Gennett singled with two outs and stole second base. Khris Dennis followed with a single to right, but Scooter was thrown out at home plate by Nelson Perez. In the top of the fifteenth, Peoria sent nine men to the plate and scored four runs off Andy Sauter. All four runs came with two outs and the Rattlers were down 9-5. In the bottom of the fifteenth, Wisconsin loaded the bases with one out against Mercedes. D’Vontrey Richardson drove in a run to make it 9-6. Peoria went to Larry Suarez for one out and he struck out Cutter Dykstra to end the game, the longest game – by time – in Timber Rattlers history.
Nathan Baliva loves to bring up Mario Mercedes about five times a season and three more times in the offseason…I hate him so much for that.
Get ‘em tomorr….get ‘em today.
Time for go to bed….or I’m just gonna lay down in my office here for a minute or two….later.
Two games back with seven to play. Difficult….not impossible….BUT, there’s this from the game two game story:
There was a lot of movement in the Midwest League’s Western Division Wild Card race on Sunday. The Burlington Bees swept a pair of games from the Beloit Snappers and the Quad Cities River Bandits swept two games from the Peoria Chiefs. Peoria fell from the lead into third place Wild Card race. Quad Cities jumped to a one game lead over the Chiefs and Burlington is just a half game behind the River Bandits. Quad Cities will host the Chiefs on Monday night. Burlington has a doubleheader at home against Beloit.
To put that paragraph in…um…graph form…
Quad Cities 33-29 –
Burlington 32-29 0.5
Peoria 32-20 1.0
Wisconsin 31-31 2.0
Clinton 29-32 3.5
Quad Cities (7): v. Peoria (1), @ Cedar Rapids (3), v. Wisconsin (3)
Burlington (8): v. Beloit (2), @ Clinton (3), @Cedar Rapids (3)
Peoria (7): @Quad Cites (1), v. Kane County (3), v. Clinton (3)
Wisconsin (7): @Clinton (1), v. Beloit (3), @Quad Cities (3)
Matt Erickson interview from between games:
The key bits from Game 2:
Ortega 2-run double to make it Clinton 5, Wisconsin 3:
Davis 2-run triple to make it Wisconsin 5, Clinton 5:
Garcia RBI single to make it Wisconsin 6, Clinton 5:
Photos from the Pressbox:
This one’s not coming back!
Pregame Interview with Preston Gainey:
Postgame Comments (Courtesy of Jon Feyen):
— Communities (@CommunitiesONHS) June 4, 2014
NOTE: I updated the post with the tweet and the links about twenty minutes after originally publishing it.
Aramis Ramirez comments (Jerrad Radocay):
Matt Erickson comments (Jon Feyen):
Trevor Seidenberger comments (Jon Feyen):
Johnny Davis Comments (Jon Feyen):
There were some issues with the highlights loading onto YouTube. So, here are a bunch of photos by Ann Mollica.
Timber Rattlers Highlights:
Some Pregame Interviews from earlier this week:
Michael Ratterree (5/28):
Taylor Brennan (5/30):
Before putting today’s information on the blog, a quick visit to yesterday in Clinton.
Michael Ratterree mere moments after contact:
The Grand Slam Highlight:
At home plate:
Today, Cedar Rapids. Game Time 6:35pm:
Radio: AM1280, WNAM – Pregame 6:15pm
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio
Timber Rattlers Lineup:
Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes May 28 2014