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We can only win by giving everything and being ready to defeat the adversary with fiery aggression. – Jurgen Klinsmann
A few words about Austin Ross on his 25th birthday. The only walk he allowed was on a close 3-2 pitch to Carlos Correa in the fourth inning. The only hit he allowed was a one-out single in the sixth. Ross was sharp, kept his pitch count low, and threw strikes. In his longest outing since Tommy John Surgery last May, he was Austin Ross again.
I’ve been holding off on posting because MiLB.com called to talk to Ross and get some quotes. and the article isn’t online yet – and the internet has been horrible on the bus – but, mostly because the article isn’t online yet. Check their website or their twitter feed to see when it is posted.
UPDATE from MiLB.com story:
“It feels unbelievable [to be back]. My velocity’s back to where it was, my stuff’s where it was. The past couple weeks, it’s all fallen together for me. Before that I would show flashes for an inning or two and then go back for an inning and it wouldn’t be there, there were peaks and valleys. Finally a couple weeks ago, I felt like I could put it together for a whole game,” Ross said.
Sometimes the aggressive approach is the best approach. The Timber Rattlers were facing Mark Appel, the #1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, in Monday’s game. Six Rattlers faced him in the fourth inning. Appel threw a total of eight pitches. Five of the players swung at the first pitch for a hit. Orlando Arcia worked the count all the way to 1-1 before he had a sacrifice fly.
The aggressive approach was the approach that worked for the Timber Rattlers. It was an approach that worked.
Alfredo Rodriguez went 4-for-5, scored three runs, drove in one, and is on a ten-game hitting streak (14-for-41).
Tyrone Taylor, Michael Reed, and Mike Garza each had a multi-hit game. Taylor (32), Reed (36), and Garza (31) are tops on the team with games of two or more hits. Taylor (.284), Reed (.304), and Garza (.292) are tops on the team in batting average, too.
Taylor got a workout in center. He ran down flyballs in right-center, left-center, going back to the track, and charging in to make the play. Back on track.
Did you happen to notice that the Timber Rattlers defense only committed two errors on the entire road trip? Both errors were in Sunday’s game.
I mentioned this in the game story, but it is worth repeating here. By taking two of three from Quad Cities, the Timber Rattlers won their first road series of the second half. They had been 0-6-1 in the second half. Now they are 1-6-1.
Also, Peoria lost on Monday night at Clinton. Peoria still holds the second half Western Division Wild Card by a game over Clinton and by three over Wisconsin.
Everyone has an off day on Tuesday. Starting Wednesday, Clinton hosts Quad Cities in a three-game series and the Rattlers host Peoria in a three-game series. There are 20 games left in the regular season. Get on out to the stadium.
This is the darkest timeline. – Abed
What a difference a day makes.
There’s no score. Two outs none on in the bottom of the third after Parker Berberet throws Jordan Scott, who bunted with one out to reach base earlier in the inning, out at third base on a stolen base attempt. The #9 batter singles. The leadoff batter singles. Teoscar Hernandez steps up. He was 7-for-44 against the Timber Rattlers to that point of the season. Then, he homered to left-center and the Rattlers were down 3-0.
Lopez gave up four hits and three runs in the third inning. Those were the only hits and runs he gave up in the game. It’s amazing what one pitch can do to an outing.
Brian Holmes is a left-handed pitcher for the River Bandits. He allowed three hits in six innings. In other words, the Timber Rattlers went 3-for-21 against him. Right-handed batters are now hitting .193 against Holmes. He also struck out seven to give him 38 strikeouts against righties this season.
Entry number 10 on ‘Damndest Thing I’ve Ever Seen” list for 2013:
The Timber Rattlers are down 3-0 in the top of the seventh inning. Parker Berberet singles. Alfredo Rodriguez singles. Lance Roenicke steps up and sent a line drive down the line in right field. The ball dropped in and rolled to the wall. Roenicke wound up on third base with a triple to drive in two runs. Chris McFarland drew a walk and Orlando Arcia’s sacrifice fly to center was deep enough to score Roenicke with the tying run….oh, wait….that happened in the other timeline. This is the darkest timeline.
What really happened was the right fielder made a running catch in fair territory near the foul line. Neither Berberet nor Rodriguez had a chance to get back and the triple play was turned…or concluded…or finished…or however you want to put a period on the end of that back breaker…..
The ball sure looked like it was going to drop. I thought it was going to drop. But, the ball hung up just enough for Scott to run it down and – with both runners near third base on the play there was no chance for either of them to get back. Damn.
For good measure, with the score still 3-0 in the top of the eighth. Chris McFarland drew a leadoff walk. Orlando Arcia grounded into a double play.
Then, Hernandez hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth. *sigh*
Skipping back to a positive…Along with the caught stealing in the third, Berberet picked Hernandez off first base in the sixth. There was a pitch in the dirt and Hernandez took off for second thinking that Berberet didn’t make the stop. Then, he tried to get back to first. He was out by a lot on a strong throw by Berberet. He’s thrown out 38.1% of would be base stealers and blocked everything in sight on Sunday.
Peoria lost to Clinton on a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth inning earlier on Sunday. The Rattlers missed out on a chance to move to within three games of the Chiefs and are still four back in the Wild Card. Clinton is just two games behind Peoria for the wild card. There are 21 games left in the regular season.
Get them tomorrow.
True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
All you really need to know about Saturday’s game is this: Hitting coach Dusty Rhodes was in a great mood! He stated as such on the bus just moments before the SCOOTER GENNETT HOME RUN. Whether one had anything to do with the other, I leave it up to you.
Joe Bircher, the starting pitcher for the Quad Cities River Bandits, has given up five Midwest League home runs this season. He has given up four to the Timber Rattlers and two to Victor Roache.
Speaking of Roache…. KRACKKKADOOOM!, indeed. His last few home runs have been these towering drives to left field. His home runs tonight were line drives. The first was hit to right-centerfield and disappeared over the wall in a hurry. The second was this rising line drive to left that cleared the grass seating at the base of the scoreboard. This homer also was out in the blink of an eye.
Roache in August: 10 games, 2B, 3B, 5HR, 9 RBI. OPS of 1.039.
He has 20 home runs this season. The Timber Rattlers franchise record is 22 (Khris Davis, 2010).
Tyler Wagner was upset that he didn’t grab the grounder up the middle off the bat of Danrys Vasquez. It would have been a tough play, but Wagner has done a great job fielding his position this season. Most notable tonight was getting over to cover first when Parker Berberet knocked down a hard one-hopper off the bat of Carlos Correa.
Wagner was at over 80 pitches with 44 strikes, but his GO:FO was 7:1 with five strikeouts and two walks.
Plus, he showed some moves getting out of the way of a Max Walla line drive while coaching first base in the top of the ninth. Yep. The starting pitcher was coaching first base in the ninth. It caught me by surprise, too.
Mike Garza with three hits, including a homer, and three RBI. Each of his hits came on the first pitch he saw in the at bat. The first two were bloopers down each line. The third was the home run to left-center.
The second hit by Garza scored Michael Reed from second base. The play at the plate was close, but it looked like Reed got a hand in there with a headfirst slide. We can debate the propriety of a head first dive into a plate being guarded by a catcher wearing shin guards at a later date, but Reed being called safe set off the River Bandits manager. He appeared to argue that Reed never got to the plate. He did not win the argument.
Parker Berberet tripled into the left field corner in the fourth inning. It was his second triple of the season. It was the 48th triple of the season for the Timber Rattlers. The 1998 Timber Rattlers had 49 triples. The 2010 Timber Rattlers had 58 triples. Keep your eyes on this over the last few weeks of the season.
Harvey Martin got into the game with a 6-0 lead and just pitched. He went to a three-ball count on only one player. The only two base runners he allowed were hit batsman on two-strike pitches. The only thing that was even close to a hit off Martin was denied by an Orlando Arcia web gem.
Roberto Pena hit this little looping line drive over the mound. Arcia raced over fielded the ball with a bare-hand on one hop and whipped a strike to first base. I just happened to look into the Rattlers dugout after the play and saw a couple of guys step away from the rail in disbelief. It’s so much fun when something like that happens.
Garrett Cooper was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning. It looked like it could have been his right hand. Max Walla pinch-hit for Cooper in the ninth. There was no report after the game.
Keep it going tomorrow. Special 5pm start time. Can’t wait to see what happens in that game.
Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever. – Aristophanes
Mike Strong in a spot start had a good enough performance to make me forget my “No Goofy Headlines” Rule. But, totally worth it. He had leadoff 4-pitch walks in the first and second innings. Then – after the RBI single in the bottom of the second, everything clicked. He retired 14 in a row. He struck out six. He was put the Timber Rattlers in a position to win a very important game.
Rodolfo Fernandez didn’t mess around when he took over in the eighth. He threw a first pitch strike to all four hitters he faced in his first inning and was 0-2 on three of those hitters. In the ninth, well, he just did the job and finished the game with a 1-2-3 inning.
Fernandez now has pitched three straight scoreless appearances. He has a streak of eight straight scoreless innings. Since he came off the DL back in Mid-June, Fernandez has made nine appearances. He has allowed four runs in 23 innings with 24 strikeouts.
Speaking of coming off the DL….Welcome back, Tyrone Taylor! 3-for-5, 2B, 2RBI, Stolen Base. He ran well and hit the ball with authority…except for that first RBI single. That was a little blooper on the infield that barely crossed the basepath between first and second and the second baseman dove for, but couldn’t make the catch. That there was a 3-2 count with two outs and the runners were going probably had a little something to do with it. Consider that payback for that 3-2 deal in Thursday’s game.
Max Walla with two doubles to deep right-center, a double down the left field line, and an infield single. That’s three 4-hit games for Walla this season.
Garrett Cooper with another two-hit game. He’s got five straight games with two hits. That’s…..um……TEN, TEN hits in his last five games and 10-for-19…That raises his average (Small sample size, I know) to .329.
Mike Garza cracked his first home run since June 8 when he hit one to the berm in left-center in the first inning for a two-run homer and a very early lead for the Timber Rattlers.
The good news, the Rattlers picked up a game on the Chiefs with the win and trail them by four games with 23 games remaining in the season.
The other news, the road gets steeper on the next three games of the road trip. Wisconsin gets to play three games at Quad Cities. The River Bandits are 8-2 in their last ten games and have a second half home record of 16-6.
MWL Western Division Games (8/10-12):
Wisconsin at Quad Cities
Peoria at Clinton
Beloit at Burlington
Cedar Rapids at Quad Cities
I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved. ― Søren Kierkegaard
I’m going to leadoff with this stat about Peoria starting pitcher Silfredo Garcia. He pitched nine innings. He threw 87 pitches. He threw 70 strikes. That’s Incredible.
I don’t know how much more I can add that isn’t in the game story. Both teams had chances. Both teams made mistakes. Both teams covered those mistakes with double plays.
Tyrone Taylor got back into the lineup for the first time since July 29. He had a walk, a strikeout, a single, and an outfield assist (the base runner should probably get an assist for tripping). There was also play where he broke back on a ball that dropped in shallow center, but overall it was a nice return to action for Taylor.
The Rattlers did try to a hit-and-run with Taylor on base in the fifth inning. He took off, Michael Reed hit a line drive….right at the shortstop. Taylor was doubled off first to end the inning. Wisconsin hit into three inning-ending double plays. Twice that happened with two runners on base.
I talked with Dusty Rhodes a bit about THE play of the game after we got off the bus back at the hotel. THE play would be Breyvic Valera stealing second with the Rattlers leading 1-0 on a 3-2 count and two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning….Think about that for a minute…Is that even possible?…Apparently it is.
Valera, who was not being held on at first base with the 3-2 count and two outs, took a walking lead away from first. Gibbard was in his stretch and no one said anything. Valera picked up speed and was close to second when Gibbard stepped off the rubber. There was no one to throw to at second.
I’ve been saying this a lot this season, but….It was the damndest thing I ever saw.
Of course the next pitch was struck for a single to right and the game was tied 1-1.
And it stayed tied unto the bottom of the tenth.
In the end, the Chiefs got the play to win it and the Rattlers are five games behind the Chiefs for the Wild Card.
Get ‘em tomorrow….and try to stay away from the Kierkegaard tonight.
Chiefs Highlights – with bonus Price Check Game:
The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy. – Albert Camus
Now, it’s four games back.
The Chiefs highlights package has a lot of plays that I wanted to talk about in this post. Notably, the play at the plate as Chris McFarland tried to score on the grounder to second with the infield in during the top of the fifth inning. Just a good play all around: McFarland trying to score the go ahead run, Caldwell going to his right and setting to throw on target to the plate, Keener holding onto the ball.
Also, the diving play by the shortstop Herrera to turn the inning ending double play in the seventh. Damn.
Compare & Contrast:
The Rattlers were 1-for-3 in stolen base attempts on Wednesday. Peoria was 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts.
The Rattlers got their leadoff man on base six times (in nine innings) and scored him once. Peoria got their leadoff man on base six times (in eight innings) and scored him three times.
Austin Ross looked really good on Wednesday. No walks, four innings, one strikeout. Plus, he pitched around that leadoff triple in the bottom of the third without allowing a run. Progressing along nicely.
Michael Reed had two more hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Reed has 35 games with two or more hits this season. His average is up to .313, which is good for 7th in the MWL batting race.
Orlando Arcia was 1-for-3 with a single, a stolen base, and a run scored. He stung the ball in all three at bats. Plus, he turned a pair of 6-3 double plays in the field.
Speaking of the field, the Rattlers played another error-free game. Error-free in that there were no errors charged. Max Walla looked pretty upset with himself for missing the cutoff man on the play that scored the third Peoria run of the night. Fortunately, that runner moving up to second base didn’t score. Unfortunately, it didn’t matter in the grand scheme of the game.
Did you know….Chris McFarland has 23 extra-base hits (12 doubles, 8 triples, and three homers) with 42 RBI over 75 games?
Get ‘em Thursday. Gotta get ‘em Thursday.
I’m just beginning to see, now I’m on my way
It doesn’t matter to me, chasing the clouds away.
– Moody Blues
There was no comeback hangover like last time. The Timber Rattlers scored five in the ninth to win a game against Burlington on July 28, but lost 5-1 to the Bees on July 29.
The Rattlers scored five runs in the ninth inning on August 5 to beat Beloit and scored six runs in the first inning on August 6 to jump out to a big lead and hold on for their third win in a row.
Michael Reed now has a 12-game hitting streak after a 3-for-4 day (with two doubles, a walk, and three runs scored) on Tuesday. He has raised his average to .311. For now he has jumped from a tie for ninth into seventh place. That’s just behind Brandon Drury (.314) and just ahead of Corey Seager (.309).
Your Victor Roache update. 0-for-1 with a sacrifice fly for his 63rd RBI of the season, a strikeout, and two walks.
Did you know….Tyler Roberts is hitting .289 in 25 games for the Rattlers this season? His two run double gives him ten RBI this season.
Jorge Lopez with five solid innings. The only negative was the home run by Renato Nunez, that included an epic batflip up the third base line. But, he got out of a sticky situation in the first inning and pretty much cruised through the rest of his performance.
In the first game of the series against Beloit, the Rattlers committed three errors and took the loss. In the last three games of the series with Beloit, the Rattlers committed a total of one error and won all three games. The DEUCE you say, sir!?!?!
Long day. Short night. Hitting the road to Peoria on Wednesday morning. This is a huge road trip for the Rattlers. Get after it.
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. – Marilyn Monroe
I guess lightning DOES strike twice in the same place.
Look. I don’t know. I really don’t know. How do you write about a game like tonight?
Let’s work our way forward with what happened before the game today. And I’ll give you a headsup on some stuff to watch for on Brewers Live for the Fox Sports Wisconsin pregame show.
Sophia Minnaert was at the ballpark early today and did a series of interviews with:
- Orlando Arcia
- Tyrone Taylor
- Lance Roenicke
- Victor Roache
- Matt Erickson
She said that they will be turning those interviews into some stories to air on the pregame show. She also did an interview with Kate Geenen, who is in charge of the English class for the Spanish speaking players. I’ll be looking forward to seeing how those pieces turn out for the broadcast.
Tyler Wagner and a GO:FO of 9:2 and mixed in four strikeouts. He looked like he has most of the season. Really good. In the episode of Field Pass that is airing right now, Wagner talks a bit about fielding his position. He made some nice plays in the game to help himself out. He also kept the pitch count down and did the whole “pitch to contact” thing.
I was talking with Austin Ross about Roache after batting practice and asked him, “How would you pitch him?” “I wouldn’t give him a breaking ball. That’s for sure.” Shhhhh. Don’t tell anyone.
Roache has one homer in each of the last three games. He has six hits during a four game hitting streak those hits are: Three homers, a triple, a double, and a single.
Still, that home run in the ninth was only one run and the Rattlers were down 5-2. But, Wisconsin had Beloit right where they wanted them. Just remember back to July 28, 2013.
Great to see Chris McFarland come through with a hit to keep the ninth inning going. It was a bit of a roller coaster for McFarland on the night. A great defensive play in the first, an RBI single in the fourth, an error that let the go ahead run score in the top of the eighth. Then, the single in the ninth. That ninth inning single led to…
Orlando Arcia watch the highlight and watch where he lines that double to right. Remember, he just turned 19.
Teams that run and try to take the extra base on the opposing team talk about putting pressure on the defense. That’s exactly what Alfredo Rodriguez did in the ninth after Reed’s single tied the game. First, that ball barely made the outfield grass. Second, Rodriguez saw third base uncovered and kept going. The pitcher got over there, but the throw was off and since the catcher was covering home plate, there was no one to back up that wild throw. Rodriguez scored and the Rattlers have won two straight.
Sleep fast, Timber Rattlers. 12:05pm first pitch on Tuesday.
Highlights. Apologies for the blown call on the game-winning play:
Seashells and balloons – Al McGuire
Seashells and Balloons in Al McGuire-speak meant Victory and Happiness. One seashell with lots of balloons on Sunday for the Timber Rattlers.
I am tempted to just put up that panel, the highlights, and a photo of the high five line after the game. But, what kind of obsessive curator would I be if I did that?
Eric Semmelhack’s July had four very forgettable starts sandwiched between two pretty good ones. His August has started out very good. He threw strikes (78 pitches-49 strikes). He didn’t give up a home run (He had allowed 6 in July). He didn’t walk a batter (First walk-free game in 9 second half starts). He picked up his first win since April 25. Nice outing for Semmelhack.
Chris McFarland with a great piece of hitting in the bottom of the fourth inning. He got pitched away and he went away with it to fire down the line in right to send Max Walla home for with the tying run.
We’ll get to the Roache home run in a moment. But, look at his RBI double in the fifth. Breaking ball low and away and he hits the ball on one hop off the wall in left-center. Natural, ridiculous power.
I mentioned this on twitter, but watch the home run by Roache (Around :44 on the highlights at the bottom of the post). It cleared the scoreboard…ALL OF THE SCOREBOARD…Then, watch the reaction of his teammates as he heads back to the dugout (Starting around 1:10 or so)…It starts with the look on Garrett Cooper’s face as if he is thinking, “I gotta follow THAT?” Then, look for the smiles on the faces of Tyrone Taylor, Alfredo Rodriguez, Adrian Williams. They know.
Parker Berberet extended his current hitting streak to 19 games with a homer in the seventh. It was the second day in a row he has extended the streak on his last at bat. Something has clicked for Berberet in the last three weeks and it’s great to see. He has worked hard on the catching part of his game and now the hitting is coming around for him. Back on July 7, Berberet went 0-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly at Burlington. His average dipped to .230 with an OBP of .312 and a SLG of .352. This 19-game hitting streak has given him a slashline of .268/.345/.421. It’s impressive and I think that it’s made people take notice.
Taylor Wall cruised against the first seven hitters he faced. Then, two singles and a walk loaded the bases. one out, bases loaded, Rattlers up 6-1. That brought David Chavarria out to the mound. Chavy doesn’t go out to the mound often. So, when he does take notice. I like to think that he went out and said, “Ok, double play ends the game. Let’s get it on the first pitch and go home.” He’s that good.
High fives for everyone!
You may delay, but time will not. – Benjamin Franklin
So close. So close.
And yet, it didn’t have to come down to that near-miss in the ninth.
The fifth inning was the Rattlers season in miniature. It featured:
- A leadoff homer
- Two errors that started jump started the inning
- A walk to load the bases
- A bases loaded walk to force in a run
Timber Rattlers pitchers have allowed 27 home runs to start innings this season
Timber Rattlers fielders have committed 139 errors this season
Timber Rattlers pitchers have walked 407 batters, including eight with the bases loaded.
Beloit had the leadoff man reach in six of the nine innings on Saturday. I’m going to get into a little something here with stats. So settle in for a bit….
According to the up-to-date stats at my disposal, opposing teams are hitting .272 (221 hits in 812 at bats) when they leadoff an inning against the Timber Rattlers. Additionally, Wisconsin pitchers have issued 108 leadoff walks and eleven opponents have been hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning. That does not include the anyone reaching on errors to start innings. That would be the opposing leadoff batter reaching base 340 times by hit, walk, or hit batsman.
That seems like a lot.
Parker Berberet had four hard-hit balls on the evening. A line drive to short, a deep fly to the track in left, a hard shot on which the Beloit third baseman made a nice play, and the two-out RBI single in the eighth. His hitting streak has reached 18 games.
Orlando Arcia also had a nice night at the plate. The triple was stung, but the plate appearance that I liked the most was the 4-pitch walk in the ninth. Beloit tried to get Arcia to chase something and he didn’t because he knew that the Rattlers needed base runners. He took the walk and that set up the inning.
Speaking of nice plate appearances…Michael Reed fell behind Chris Lamb 0-2 to start the eighth. He fouled of five pitches as he worked the count full and eventually drew a walk. He came around on the two-out double by Garrett Cooper.
The home run by Victor Roache in the second inning made me a little giddy. Because all I could think of was:
Unfortunately, both Quad Cities and Peoria won on Saturday night. The Rattlers keep slipping way back in the division race and now face a 9-1/2 game deficit to Quad Cities for the division. Peoria extended their wild card lead over the Clinton (A Loss on Saturday) to one game. Burlington (A Win on Saturday) is two games behind Peoria. The Rattlers are four games behind in the wild card.
Sneak peek at Sunday’s game. Dylan Covey is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Snappers. Here’s are two links from 2010 for some backstory on his connection to the Timber Rattlers.