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They say that the best weapon is the one you never have to fire. I respectfully disagree. I prefer the weapon you only have to fire once. That’s how Dad did it, that’s how America does it, and it’s worked out pretty well so far. – Tony Stark
Watch the game one highlights. Skip ahead to :43 for the Victor Roache home run if you want. Good Lord.
I saw ’00 ‘on the pitch speed indicator one time in the first game for Magnifico. ’00′ would be 100 since it does not reach triple digits. The pitch was a low fastball that missed the strike zone. I saw a some 96s and a couple of 95s in there for Magnifico, too. But the main thing was the only walk he allowed was an intentional pass in the sixth inning.
Parker Berberet and Matt Erickson were thrown out of the game in the top of the third inning in game one. In case you missed it:
Dario Pizzano doubled into the left field corner and Villasuso headed for home [from first base]. The relay throw from shortstop Orlando Arcia beat Villasuso to the plate by ten feet. But, plate umpire Jeremie Rehak ruled that Villasuso eluded the tag and ruled the Clinton base runner safe.
Timber Rattlers catcher Parker Berberet argued the call briefly before being ejected as manager Matt Erickson raced out to prevent his backstop getting the thumb. After a few more moments, Erickson was ejected from the game, too.
Erickson was fine until he went to the plate to point out by how much the throw to the plate beat Villasuso. Walking to the plate and holding his arms out while saying BY THIS MUCH is going to get you run.
The runner looked out. Berberet doesn’t react that way if he didn’t tag him. The manager doesn’t react that way if he didn’t think Berberet didn’t tag him. Unfortunately, it looked like Berberet bumped the umpire. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with that.
Tyrone Taylor had the home run to start the rally in game one. He also had one of two hits in game two. That’s a four game hitting streak at 5-for-12.
There were no highlights for Game two. None. Let’s just put that one behind us for now.
Series with the Burlington Bees starts on Saturday. Tip: Burlington used five relievers in their doubleheader with Kane County on Friday night. The Rattlers used two in their doubleheader on Friday.
Because in a split second, it’s gone. – Ayrton Senna
Tyler Wagner with 95 pitches/67 strikes in his complete game shutout in game one. Ten strikeouts and only two walks. Very well done by the former closer from Utah.
However, there was a point in the game where it could have turned. The LumberKings had runners at first and second with one out in the top of the sixth. But, Wagner got Dario Pizzano to ground into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play.
The Rattlers could have blown the game wide open in the bottom of the sixth inning. There were four walks and one single in five batters, but only one run scored. Some adventures in base running kept that frame from getting way out of hand.
A point in the second game that will have the new school thinkers rejoicing. The Rattlers were up 2-1 in the sixth inning. Pizzano doubled to leadoff the inning. Wisconsin was playing for the sacrifice bunt against Tyler Marlette. But, Marlette showed no signs of bunting. He swung away and lined a triple to right-center. That drove in the tying run and set up the eventual go ahead RBI single.
Mike Strong was in spots of trouble through his game. Clinton had a runner in scoring position in all six innings against Strong. They had eight hits against him and six were for extra bases and it finally got to him late in the game.
Alfredo Rodriguez keeps hitting the ball hard, but keeps running into some bad luck. He did single in a run in the third inning with a line shot through a drawn-in infield. But, in the fifth inning, he sent a line drive to center that was right at Guillermo Pimentel for an out.
Speaking of bad luck, the Jono Arnold shattered Gaby Guerrero’s bat in the sixth inning. But, the ball dropped into left field for an RBI single that put Clinton up 3-2.
Mike Garza tripled and singled in game two. He had missed four games after getting hurt in his 4-hit game at Lansing on May 3. By the way, he had hits in six straight at bats. Garza had hits in his last four at bats on that game in Lansing and two hits in his first four at bats in the nightcap against Clinton.
I’m not sure HOW Brock Hebert held onto the ball for the final out on Clint Coulter’s popup after his left fielder ran into him in the bottom of the sixth inning. But, he did and that prevented the Timber Rattlers from scoring at least one run and maybe two.
The Timber Rattlers won six games in a row to get back to the .500 mark for the first time since they were 4-4 on April 15. They get to try to get back to .500 again on Thursday night.
Game 1 Video Highlights:
Game 2 Video Highlights:
“I love winning, man….I love winning it’s like…..better than losing.” – Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh
Eric Semmelhack wasn’t throwing a no-hitter, but he matched the guy who was throwing a no-hitter. He tossed six scoreless and kept the offense in the game. A very nice bounce back outing for Semmelhack after that rough game at home against West Michigan last Wednesday.
Back to David Chavarria is a wizard. Preston Gainey had runners at second and third with no outs in the bottom of the eighth. This was right after the Rattlers had taken a 3-0 lead. Chavarria talks about limiting the damage in spots like this. If the pitcher tries to do too much, the inning can get away from him. Gainey got a flybal that let a run score, a strikeout, and another flyout to limit the damage for a 3-1 lead. That’s how it ended and that’s how Preston Gainey got his first professional win.
I figured there was a pretty good chance that Tyrone Taylor would bunt in that spot – runners at first and third with two outs in a scoreless game. This is not the #BuntToWin sarcasm hashtag. This was legit. Taylor, a good bunter and a fast runner, put that thought in the mind of the Loons as their manager because he made a trip out to the mound to probably talk about exactly that. Then, Taylor bunted to a perfect spot and Berberet scored the first run of the game.
Good to see Michael Reed get on track today. He was 1-for-18 on the road trip before he doubled to start the seventh inning to break up the no-hit bid of Angel Sanchez. He lined that double over the head of James Baldwin in center. In the eighth, Reed singled up the middle to drive in Arcia and Taylor for a couple of insurance runs.
Victor Roache walked in the ninth. He has reached base in 15 straight games since joining the Timber Rattlers on April 21.
The highlights that I am linking to up top are Loons-centric. Watch some of the strikeouts for on called strike three from Sanchez. A few of the Rattlers thought the pitches were outside. The point was made that Sanchez may have been off the plate, but he was hitting his spots and was getting credit for that with called strikes.
I am very, very surprised that the double play pitcher Jonathan Martinez turned in the top of the ninth didn’t make the Great Lakes highlights. It was amazing.
Speaking of highlights:
Tuesday is an off day. Doubleheader on Wednesday against Clinton as the team returns home for a 10-game, 9-day homestand.
Pictures from Monday:
And when I breathed, my breath was lightning. – Black Elk
This was the baseball’s reaction to being hit out of the park by Victor Roache in the first inning:
Roache went opposite field. Here’s the home run as it was leaving the yard:
The ball landed beyond the Big E’s Sports Grill sign…around that second railing on the walkway. The sign is around 377′ from home plate. Here’s a better look at the sign with the walkways:
IF MiLB.com puts the highlight up as a on the main page, I’ll share it…it may be a day or two before it goes up on the site, but it’s all good.
Tyrone Taylor hit the ball really, really hard in the second inning. I thought it was a hit. How that got changed to an error is…I’m not going to say anymore. It’s just going to get me in trouble.
I didn’t put this in the game notes, but I made a point to put it on Twitter before the game today: Not in the Notes: In 1st 4 games of this trip, @TimberRattlers drew 29 walks. They face Lindsey Caughel today: 0BB & 20K in 21IP in 2013.
There were two outs and none on in the top of the first inning, when Mitch Haniger drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch right before the home run by Roache. There were two outs and none on in the top of the second inning, when Alfredo Rodriguez drew a walk on a 3-1 pitch.
Total number of walks for the Rattlers today were three. They have 32 walks in the first five games of this road trip. Oh, and they are 4-1 on this trip with one game left.
Ryan Gibbard. I had him at 79 pitches with 54 strikes. He took that early lead and ran with it.
The in stadium pitch speed display had Jorge Lopez reach 94 a couple of times. He was consistently at 91-92 and he three strikes. The only thing that went wrong for him today was the last out of the bottom of the eighth inning. There was a runner at second with two outs and Corey Seager hit a hard one-hopper back to the mound. Lopez turned and threw to third. Fortunately, Alfredo Rodriguez tagged out Seager in a rundown. Lopez yelled into his glove as he walked off the field….I think it was “Darn it!”
Monday’s game starts at 9:35am CDT. That’s a 10:35am start time here in the eastern time zone. The bus leaves 2-1/2 hours before the game tomorrow. Tune in for some baseball for your coffee break.
Maybe pull up a seat on the lawn outside of work:
Yet habit – strange thing! What cannot habit accomplish? – Herman Melville
Just so we’re clear. First 23 games of the season = 0…as in zero…9th inning runs for the Timber Rattlers. Last two games = 8 9th inning runs for the Timber Rattlers.
Rodolfo Fernandez picked up his first professional win. He tossed three scoreless innings, walked one, and struck out three. He gave up a single, but erased that runner on a ridiculously good move to first base.
Austin Blaski should have only been down 1-0 when he left. He made some really nice pitches when he was in there and kept the Rattlers in there until the Loons bullpen got in the game.
Mitch Haniger walked three times for the second game in a row. He also had another single. His slash line is at .314/.408/.524.
Victor Roache was hit twice by pitched. The first one got him on his forearm and he had it wrapped in ice when we got back to the hotel. The other grazed the shoulder of his jersey….The jersey appeared to be okay.
The Timber Rattlers have won three straight for the first time this season. They go for their fourth straight on Sunday afternoon.
There was a point in 2012 where the Timber Rattlers came back to win some games and they started getting confident and believing that they were never out of a game no matter the deficit…Time will tell if the 2013 team looks back at these two May games in Michigan as a jumping off point for some really fun things this season.
File this under…I’ve made this type of mistake before and will again so it doesn’t make me feel bad when someone else does it…..Look closely.
— Great Lakes Loons (@greatlakesloons) May 4, 2013
Also filed under….That’s when I thought the Rattlers would win the game.
In baseball, you can’t kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why this is the greatest game. – Earl Weaver
Dammit. That was beautiful.
But before I get to the comeback, David Chavarria may be a wizard.
Funny thing. Before the game today the Rattlers pitching coach and I were talking about pitchers needing to learn how to limit damage. Basically, he said that you’re not going to throw a no-hitter every time you pitch.
Once in awhile the other team is going to have the bases loaded and no outs. When that happens early in a game in the big leagues, that pitcher will not try to strike the next three guys out. That can sometimes get you in even deeper. Get the grounder for the double play. If that run scores, so what. Get the next guy and you only let in the one run. How many games are going to end 1-0? Do your job. Get out of the inning. Let the offense go to work.
Let’s look at Leonard Lorenzo’s third inning.
- Aaron Munoz walks.
- Kellen Sweeney walks. Aaron Munoz to 2nd.
- Dwight Smith singles on a fly ball to center fielder Mitch Haniger. Aaron Munoz to 3rd. Kellen Sweeney to 2nd.
- Dalton Pompey grounds into a double play, second baseman Christopher McFarland to shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez to first baseman Adam Giacalone. Aaron Munoz scores. Kellen Sweeney to 3rd. Dwight Smith out at 2nd.
- Christian Lopes lines out to first baseman Adam Giacalone.
I’m pretty sure I laughed at end of that inning because that’s when I knew that David Chavarria was a wizard.
After some quick research…. Friday night was the biggest comeback in a victory for the Timber Rattlers of the Brewers Era (2009-present). They were down 8-2 after the bottom of the seventh inning. Down six runs with six outs left to play and they won 10-8 in ten innings.
Wisconsin has rallied from five run deficits four times since 2009:
- July 12, 2010 – Down 12-7 after the top of the 7th vs. Burlington. Won 15-12 in regulation
- July 4, 2011 – Down 6-2 after the bottom of the 3rd at Beloit. Won 11-8 in 11 innings
- June 29, 2012 – Down 6-1 after the top of the 3rd vs. Peoria. Won 8-7 in regulation
- July 11, 2012 – Down 8-3 after the bottom of the 4th at Lake County. Won 11-8 in regulation
Those are wiped out of the books after Friday night in Lansing.
Tip of the cap to Jose Sermo. He was 0-for-8 with four strikeouts in the series. He had been hitless in 17 straight at bats. Lansing walked Adam Giacalone to set up a double play in the top of the tenth. That hitless streak did not reach 18. I need to find the highlight on the radio broadcast because the sound of ball hitting bat for the triple that put the Rattlers up for the first time in the game was….wow…just wow.
Have a series Mike Garza! He went 4-for-5 on Friday to put him at 8-for-12 with five RBI in the three games at Lansing. Average moved from .173 to .250
Mitch Haniger stole three bases in the game (Now 8-for-8 in steals). He also walked three times and was on base a total of five times.
Aside from Sermo’s triple, who had the hardest hit ball of the night for the Rattlers? Alfredo Rodriguez…again. He lined out to right to drive in the tying run in the top of the ninth. That thing was a rope. It was deep enough to get the run home, but I thought that ball had a chance to get to the wall.
I mentioned this last part in the game story, but it is worth bringing up again…In the first 23 games of the season, Wisconsin had not scored a run in the ninth inning. They scored five in the ninth inning on Friday.
Last note on the game goes to Damien Magnifico. The Rattlers comeback is wasted if he gives up a run in the bottom of the ninth. He didn’t. The possible winning run got to third base, but Magnifico did not allow a run. That set up the tenth inning.
A few pictures.
I love doubleheaders. That way I get to keep my uniform on longer. – Tommy Lasorda
From the This Does Not Make Any Sense file: Timber Rattlers pitchers walked eight Lansing players in the first game of the doubleheader. NONE of those walks scored in the game. NONE. In the words of Ron Burgundy: I’m not even mad; that’s amazing.
Let’s select the start of the last homestand (April 21) to pick a totally arbitrary point in time. Since that game, there have been 11 games. Wisconsin is 4-7. Wisconsin had the lead in five of those losses.
Mitch Haniger showed off some speed by running down a ball in the gap in game one. He showed off some power with a home run to left in game two.
Tyler Wagner’s night in game two: 6IP, 6H, 3R, 0ER,0BB, 6K. Unofficially, I had him at 82 pitches/60 strikes. That is pounding the zone, right?
Just putting it out there…Including the spot start by Ben White in game two, Lansing used five relievers to pitch thirteen innings of the twinbill.
Victor Roache with a 2-for-6 night to bump his average to .282. He scored three runs, stole a base, and made a nice catch against the wall in foul territory.
Pictures from the games:
Klement’s should sue.
Game time on Friday is 6:05pm at Cooley Law School Stadium.
Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things. – Robert Frost
Some quick points because there is a lot to do tonight before leaving for Lansing tomorrow.
- The Timber Rattlers were 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position in this game
- Michael Reed had a double in the first inning. He moved his hitting streak to 7-games with that hit.
- The top of the sixth inning was tough to describe. A pair of windblown popups dropped in for foul balls, an error, and a double play that wasn’t turned. It went on way longer than it should have.
- South Bend led 5-3 with no outs and the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh. From there…it gt out of hand in a hurry.
- The – originally unscheduled – off day comes at a very opportune time. The team will travel to Lansing on Wednesday and start that series with a doubleheader on Thursday. Here are the scheduled starters for that series:THU G-1: RHP Tyler Wagner v. LHP Daniel Norris
THU G-2: LHP Mike Strong v. RHP Javier Avendano
FRI: RHP Leonard Lorenzo v. LHP Alonzo Gonzalez
Given the brevity of our time here, it does seem likely that our species, too, must have at best a blinkered understanding of the shape of things, the import of certain events and what distinguishes ‘good’ from ‘bad’ luck. – Karen Russell
If only there weren’t a game in 13 hours. I could spend awhile on this one. Instead, I’ll have to be brief.
Five lead changes in this game. South Bend up 1-0. Rattlers up 2-1. South Bend up 4-3. Rattlers up 5-4. South Bend up 6-5.
Michael Reed got on base five times on Monday night. He had three hits, drew two walks, scored two runs, and stole two bases. Good night. He’s extended his hitting streak to six games and bumped his OBP to .397.
The team drew a season high eight walks. Reed, Jose Sermo, and Clint Coulter all drew two walks in the game.
Jorge Lopez gave up a home run to start the game and you were probably thinking…here we go again. Not this time. Lopez showed flashes of what he has – including a fastball that reached 96 – and was much better for the next four innings. In the fifth, he gave up three runs on two hits. But the improvement was there. Keep working on that.
In the highlights, you’ll hear me say 98! on Gibbard’s strikeout of Alex Glenn to end the Silver Hawks seventh inning. I did not think that was possible for Gibbard. It was the only time he got up there. More information needed to hear if that was adrenaline or if it was a glitch on the radar.
Whatever the velocity, that was impressive. South Bend had the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the seventh. Gibbard stranded all three runners to protect that lead.
Tyrone Taylor showed off his arm with a great throw to the plate to get a runner at the plate in the fifth inning. He has three outfield assists this season.
Orlando Arcia was just elusive enough to stay in the rundown long enough to let Chris McFarland score the go ahead run. Watch for it in the highlights.
Watch the highlights. Sleep fast. See you tomorrow.
You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. – Johnny Cash
The Tyrone Taylor home run did not make the highlights. Not sure why, but it was a line-drive, no-doubt long ball to left. Two home runs on the season for Taylor.
Mitch Haniger with three more hits. It’s still early so there are some wild fluctuations in his average. When this homestand started last Sunday, he entered play with a .293 average. After an 0-for-3 on Thursday, he was down to .267. He is 5-for-8 in his last two games and his average is up to .310.
Look at the play on the highlights that tied the game 3-3. Victor Roache did all he could do on the play, but the breaks went against the Rattlers. Coulter’s ball was in the off the bat. You can see him head back to second – like players are taught to from the time they are six. Then, he takes off. Almadova, the South Bend centerfielder booted the ball back to the infield, but the ball took a perfect hop for him to pick it up and fire in a strike to get Roache at the plate. It’s just one of those bounces.
Austin Blaski pitched well in four innings and in his first start since May 29, 2012. If you didn’t click on the game notes from this morning, you will now find out that the start on May 29, 2012 was also at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium when he was with Marietta College for the NCAA Division III World Series.
The run he gave up in the first inning was an unearned run after an error let the leadoff batter on base. But, he threw strikes (33 out of 52 pitches) walked one, and got ground balls…lots of them.
If you had Taylor Mangum in the pool for first reliever to ride the new Bullpen Car in from the bullpen, please hold on to your ticket. I tried to get a picture of him riding in on the passenger seat, but I couldn’t get a decent shot. Then, I could barely continue on the call because I got a case of the guffaws from the scene of a player getting out of that thing to go to the mound.
Have I mentioned that I love minor league baseball in the last few days?
We need to get Tom Berenger to do an appearance here as Jake Taylor from Major League so that he asks to borrow the Timber Rattlers bullpen cart to go after Rene Russo/Lynn Wells….Heck, let’s get Rene Russo here and I’ll ask to borrow the cart to go after her.
By the way, it looks like Jorge Lopez will come off the disabled list and start for the Timber Rattlers on Monday night. Ryan Gibbard will be in relief as part of the tandem.
The reason the radio broadcast went out today was because of a fire at a power pole near the station transmitter. WPS reported the outage and we never got back on the air, but the internet feed worked…at least the iheartradio.com feed worked. There have been way too many gremlins on the broadcast of late. I may need to perform an exorcism. It will involve…we’ll I can’t really say.