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Rattlers head into Easter with a win over the Loons.
Pregame interview with Brad Golder, radio announcer for the Loons. We talk about some of the 16 sons of former major leaguers who have played with the Loons, West Bend, Wisconsin native Paul Hoenecke, and the Loons in general:
The Rattlers were 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position on Saturday.
Quintana, Fernandez, and Martin all threw well.
The defense played really well. Pay particular attention to the play by McFarland and the play by Brennan in the highlights at the bottom of the post.
Also, watch the hit by Jose Pena to put the Rattlers in front. It’s in the highlights. Keep in mind that he hit that pitch on a 2-2 count. Pretty decent piece of hitting by Pena.
This series of photos from Ann Mollica capture the Pena 2-run single:
I have to run. Have a great Easter, all. Back on Monday from Burlington, Iowa.
This is going to have to be fast. Quick turnaround for tomorrow’s 1:05pm game.
Pregame interview with Johnny Davis:
Photos – taken by Ann Mollica – of Johnny Davis making his catch in the 3rd inning against Brandon Trinkwon:
Video of Johnny Davis making his catch in the 3rd and another in the 4th:
Both of those are kind of ridiculous, yes?
Most of the points I would have made here I made in the game story. But, in case you don’t want to click that link:
Left On Base:
GL – 11
WI – 9
Batting with Runners in Scoring Position:
GL – 4-for-18
WI – 2-for-17
Also, the Rattlers had seven hits in the first inning. Five hits over the final eight.
Pregame Interview with Lance Roenicke:
A few things:
Rattlers stranded ten base runners and were 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
Johnny Davis went 4-for-4, the first 4-hit game by a Timber Rattler in 2014. He laced the triple into the corner. I told you he could drive the baseball and it’s not just bunting.
Sloppy defense in the fifth inning gave Great Lakes some runs they probably shouldn’t have had.
This Victor Diaz & Anthony Banda tandem looked really good tonight. They combined for 8.0IP, 4H, 1R, 2BBs, & 6Ks
David Denson hit the ball on the button…again… Were I a better photographer and/or had I set the camera properly, the photo below would be clearer and you might see the vapor trail behind the ball as it streaked to the glove of the second baseman for the final out of the seventh inning. There were runners at first and second and the Rattlers were down 4-2 at the time.
I thought Coulter’s flyball in the ninth had a chance….But, not this day.
Game two is Friday night.
Pregame interview with Chris McFarland:
Game 1 (8 innings):
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:
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:
Click on the picture for a larger image and you will have a clearer idea of where the two Rattlers homer landed on Friday.
David Denson’s home run wound up to the left of the Batter’s Eye in center. It landed a little short of the group of flag poles.
Michael Ratterree’s homer cleared the bleachers in left and made it to the Tiki Hut.
Long homers, but a 4-3 loss to the Silver Hawks.
Wisconsin has now lost seven straight to the Silver Hawks…and I only bring this up because I was asked to look it up….Matt Erickson is 1-9 against the Silver Hawks. The Rattlers haven’t won over South Bend since July 18, 2011 when Brooks Hall picked up the win in a 9-3 victory at home. Greg Hopkins hit two homers and Chadwin Stang hit one in that game.
Pregame with Clint Coulter:
David Denson’s 2-run home run in the second:
Michael Ratterree’s solo home run in the third:
Coulter & Denson combine on 2-3-2 strike-’em out, throw-’em out double play to end the South Bend third:
Really nice win for the Timber Rattlers to take two of three from the Whitecaps. I really need to ask the outfielders what they are doing. Drop a hint in the comments if you know.
Pregame interview with Rafael Neda:
Apologies for the wind conditions in that interview….If I were perfect, I would be boring…right?
Barrett Astin gets Ben Verlander to ground into a 4-6-3 double play in the eighth inning:
Jose Pena breaks the scoreless tie with hit RBI double in the top of the ninth:
Clint Coulter follows Pena with a two-run double in the ninth and the Rattlers are up 3-0:
Two wins in a row for the Timber Rattlers. They go for three in a row when they face the South Bend Silver Hawks on Friday night at 6:35pm CDT.
The last week has been hard for reasons beyond baseball that I don’t want to get into here. There is a plan for post game posts this year because I just can’t spend an hour or 90 minutes writing it after games especially when there is an 8:00 am bus for a day game after a night game. But, it has just been tough.
A quick word about the odd play in the bottom of the seventh inning. Harold Castro stole second. Rafael Neda’s throw to second deflected off the glove of shortstop Angel Ortega and Castro took third base. Center fielder Omar Garcia got to the ball in right-center and lobbed the ball back to Ortega. It was a high lob without much on it. Castro saw this and tried to score. Ortega alertly threw a strike to Neda at the plate and Castro was retired.
That was the closest the Whitecaps came to scoring a run off Taylor Williams on Wednesday.
Once things do return to normal, there are some new things that I want to try for postgame and I believe that I have made the change that will allow me to post postgame interviews to the blog. But with the odd – and totally understandable – clubhouse setup in West Michigan for this series, I have not postgame interviews to share. Just give me a little time, please.
So, Wednesday’s pregame interview with Chuckie Caufield will have to do, okay?
Would Tuesday’s interview with Whitecaps radio announcer Ben Chiswick be all right to share?
How about Sunday’s between games interview with Timber Rattlers team president Rob Zerjav?
Can I post an interview with Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers here, too?
I would also like to add highlights to a post for road games, but that is for another time. Because the 8am bus is going to be here early and I still have to put together Thursday’s game notes.
Enjoy the win, Rattlers fans. See you in the morning.
I have to tell the truth here. I’m running on empty. But, I wanted to try to put something together for tonight’s game.
The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly isn’t the most positive way to divide this up…Three up, Three down is such a cliche…
I don’t have much to add, to my postgame interview with Matt Erickson…which I haven’t quite figured out how to post as an audio file on here yet…
So, Transcription it is.
First head over to the game story for quotes from Matt after the 8-4 loss to the Chiefs. There are quotes about Taylor Williams (5IP, H, 0R, BB, 7K, ND), Omar Garcia (3-for-4, SB), and Clint Coulter (1-for-3, BB, HR, RBI)
In the first inning, the Timber Rattlers had Garcia at third with one out and David Denson at the plate. Wisconsin put the contact play on and Denson grounded sharply to second. Garcia was tagged out in a 4-2-5-1-6-4 rundown. Denson was out trying to advance to third and the inning ended on the 4-2-5-1-6-4-2 double play….Take it away, Matt:
“We did go contact play. It was a cold day and we were banking on them having to catch the ball, making a clean exchange, and making a good throw. Unfortunately, Denson smoked a ball right the second baseman and Garcia really had no chance.
[Garcia] did a great job of staying in the rundown. Denny got caught up a little bit watching that play and we talked about it after the game. On the back side of that play we gotta advance as many bases as we possibly can and he got caught up watching it.”
On the game in general: I thought we did some good things. Williams came out and was really good. He was just throwing strikes and we did make some defensive plays. We had the one defensive miscue, but then Williams picked the runner off. So that picked us up there. [Taylor] Brennan made a nice play on his backhand.
I thought we had some good at bats with extra base hits and found ways to score runs in four innings.
It’s just that seventh inning killed us. We throw a number of pitches, we walked eight people tonight and I know a number of them scored. We gotta throw the ball over the plate and make people use the bat or it’s going to hurt us.
On Barrett Astin, Friday’s scheduled starting pitcher for the Rattlers: Other than he’s an Arkansas Razorback…I’m already cheering for him…He’s kind of a two-seamer/slider guy and we’re trying to get a little more arm strength out of him. He’s been asked to use his four-seamer a little more. Hopefully, he can get the ball down in the zone, get us some ground balls, and get us off the field.