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Thank you to everyone who came out to see the 2013 Timber Rattlers and the renovations tonight. It wasn’t a great night as far as the weather was concerned, but…I think this is going to be a great season!
It was a hectic day…as in, I was surprised that I got everything done in time for the game tonight. But, somehow, it all came together to start the season. But, you don’t want to hear me go on and on about my day. Here are some things about the game.
Clint Coulter’s home run….just watch the highlight video. Whoa!
Tough Error on Orlando Arcia led to three unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning. He had to charge a slowly hit ball on a soft infield and make a throw on the run to get a speedy runner. An on target throw gets the runner and ends the inning. The low throw got away and three runs would score in the inning.
How fast was the runner? Candido Pimentel was the runner and he beat out a routine grounder to second base in the second inning. I didn’t think there was any way he would be safe. But, man. He beat the play by at least half a step.
Rodolfo Fernandez is from Cuba. Tonight, he became an honorary Wisconsinite. See the last two pictures to see why I have bestowed that honor upon him
There was a problem with the audio on the highlights tonight. But, you should appreciate the camera angle on the Clint Coulter home run. Kudos to the camera operator on that one. Also making the highlights would be some nice defensive plays on a cold night at the ballpark.
The Timber Rattlers won the first two games of the season opening series in Peoria. The Chiefs won the second two games of the series. The Rattlers are coming home to start a 7-game homestand with a 2-2 record.
Here are the highlights – all Chiefs unfortunately:
As mentioned in the story, Orlando Arcia and Tyrone Taylor both had a single on Sunday. That extends their season opening hitting streaks to four games.
Arcia struck out one time, but continues to hit the ball hard when he makes contact. Nothing really spectacular in the field today. But, there were a couple of plays that were really, really nice. Don’t take my word for it. Make it to a game this season and see for yourself.
Clint Coulter was just a bit out in front of a pitch in the fourth inning. He hit the ball long enough, but it hooked foul.
Mitch Haniger showed his speed on the triple he hit in the sixth inning. That’s very good.
Here are some photos….still getting the hang of it.
Three game series with Cedar Rapids starts on Monday at 6:35pm. here are the pitching matchups:
MON: RHP Preston Gainey vs. LHP David Hurlbut
TUE: RHP Tyler Wagner vs. LHP Brett Lee
WED: RHP Damien Magnifico vs. LHP Taylor Rogers
By the way, the Kernels are 3-1 on the season. They took three of four from the Beloit Snappers at home to start the season. The Kernels also just had a combined no-hitter. It was Sunday.
History was made Sunday afternoon as three pitchers combined to no-hit the Beloit Snappers in a 9-1 win for the Kernels (3-1).
Starter Tyler Duffey and relievers Josue Montanez and Tim Atherton combined to no-hit the Snappers (1-3) in the Kernels’ first 9-inning no hitter since Ramon Ortiz threw one against Quad Cities in 2007. Stephen Locke notched a no-hitter in 2005 against Peoria in a rain-shortened 5-inning game.
Duffey exited the contest after 7 perfect innings. The Houston, Texas, native was efficient in his first professional start, as he left with just 76 pitches to his name and struck out 7.
All three games start at 6:35pm. I can’t wait to get home. See you there!
The Rattlers fall in extra innings on Saturday. This was the second extra-inning game out of three games played this season. That does not necessarily mean that the Rattlers will play 93 games that go extra innings out of the 140 that are on the schedule. (Fun with small sample sizes)
Here is a very Peoria-centric highlight package. It does include one of Tyrone Taylor’s diving catches. It does NOT include the play by Orlando Arcia that was completely ridiculous at how good it was….even after I requested it. To be honest, we probably wouldn’t have put in a Chiefs play like that in our home highlights. FRONT OFFICE RIVALRY!
You make the call on the play at the plate. The cut to the low first base camera makes it tough to tell.
A few points for the season so far:
Peoria has scored nine runs in the first three games. Six of those nine runs have come after there were two outs and nobody on base. The run that scored in the bottom of the 13th occurred after reliever Taylor Mangum retired the first two batters and made it look like the game was headed for the 14th.
Did I mention that defensive play by Arcia and how ridiculous it was? I did? How about his offense today? No? Okay. He was 1-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a hit batsman. BUT, his line drive to third in the fifth inning was one of the hardest hit baseballs today by a Timber Rattler AND his flyout to right in the 13th was a nice defensive play by Nick Martini.
Mike Garza was also robbed of at least one RBI – probably two – in the 10th. Rattlers had runners at second and third with two outs. Garza sent a screaming one-hopper right at the feet of Patrick Wisdom at third base. Somehow, Wisdom came up with the ball and made the play to first for the final out. Garza has hit the ball hard a couple of times, but the Chiefs have made some nice defensive plays against him.
I remembered where the sports setting for my camera was.
The Timber Rattlers are 2-0 to start the 2013 season. The last time they were 2-0 to start the season was 2010.
April 5, 2013
Also, Nathan Baliva has the highlights of Friday’s game. Highlights include Tyrone Taylor being robbed of a hit, Mitch Haniger being picked off second, Damien Magnifico with a nice defensive play on the mound, and the final out of the game.
Here is the celebration after that final out.
A few thoughts….because there’s a 9am bus on Saturday morning for a 1pm game on Saturday afternoon. So, this post has to be short.
Both Magnifico and Leonard Lorenzo worked at a good pace, threw strikes, and kept their pitch counts low. Plus, this is how the tandem is supposed to work. Starter goes five innings. Reliever goes four innings. Rattlers win.
That Lorenzo tossed four perfect innings is just a bonus.
Situational hitting is something that I talk about on the radio and it’s something that the coaching staff works with the players on every day. In the fourth, Clint Coulter doubled. Mike Garza moved him over with a grounder to the right side of the infield. Chris McFarland moved him in with a sacrifice fly. Haniger did the same thing in the fifth inning with runners on first and third and one out. Haniger just needed a fly ball to left to drive in the run. He got it.
One thing that Matt Erickson mentioned a lot last year was getting a good dirtball read. That means the runner gets a read on a pitch in the dirt and gets a good enough jump to take an extra base on a pitch that doesn’t get that far away from the catcher. Alfredo Rodriguez did that in the seventh inning when he got to second on a ball in the dirt. Good dirtball read.
The last time the Rattlers were 3-0 to start the season was 2009. They swept a three game series from Quad Cities. Then, they lost the next six games.
Good evening, Rattlers fans.
This is usually where Nine after 9 would go. And it will again. I hope to be back doing the more detailed post game posts soon.
However, tonight is not soon. There are miles to go before I can start getting back into the swing of that post. I am thinking about switching Nine after 9 to to a morning post. It turns into a long, long day on the computer if I keep doing this after games.
For tonight – and probably through the first homestand – here are some quick hits:
- Yes. It is possible to have a game saving catch for the first out of the sixth inning. Tyrone Taylor made a catch for the ages to take away at least a double from Michael Swinson. If there were video of that catch I would like the folks that do the Sports Science segment on ESPN to break it down for me in the following order: How much ground he covered. How fast he was going. How much force he hit the warning track with when he landed after the dive. It was one of the best catches I have seen in a long time.
- The Rattlers escape acts in the eighth and ninth innings were ridiculous. Fun. But, ridiculous.
- This game screamed first game of the season: A total of six errors, 23 runners left on base, a balk, three wild pitches, 16 strikeouts, and 16 walks.
- The game time temperature was 59° with a slight breeze. Can this be the weather in Wisconsin on Monday? Please!
Ten points after the tenth pennant in modern Appleton Professional Baseball History. The ten Championships are:
1966 (White Sox)
1967 (White Sox)
1969 (White Sox)
1978 (White Sox)
1982 (White Sox)
1983 (White Sox)
1984 (White Sox)
- Not really sure where to begin so here are some video highlights from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
- Brandon Macias doubled on the first pitch of the game. Chadwin Stang followed with a single and the Rattlers were up 1-0. Macias had two doubles in the game and scored two runs. It was a great season for the undrafted free agent out of Kansas. Macias led the team in so many categories and was solid to spectacular at third base. What a season he had.
- Max Walla blasted a solo homer in the second. He pulled a fastball and crushed it. His previous home run was on August 22 and he was 3-for-23 in the playoffs before that home run. But,that home run showed the upside of Max Walla and made it 2-0 lead.
- Chad Thompson…Do you remember when he got shutdown for a month in mid-July? He came back off that rest and allowed six runs in 33-1/3 innings pitched. After he gave up the two runs in the third inning, it was shutdown mode. He retired ten of the last eleven batters he faced in the game.
- Nick Ramirez of the first half does not drive a double to the wall on the 0-2 pitch he got in the top of the seventh. The Nick Ramirez of the first half does not even see that 0-2 pitch in the seventh inning. Fortunately, the Nick Ramirez that improved over the season….oh, I’ll let him take it from here in the MiLB.com story: “He threw a fastball that I fouled off, and since he changed my eye level, I thought he would probably come with something off-speed. He came with a curveball and I got enough of the barrel on it.” The Ramirez of the first half missed either one of those 0-2 pitches. But, not this Nick Ramirez. Not this day. He drove in ten runs during the playoffs, including four RBI in the Championship Series. His two-run double in the seventh inning to put the Rattlers in front 4-2 were the biggest of the year.
- After they took the lead, Brent Suter took over. 9-up, 9-down over the last three innings for the Harvard pitcher. If you see the highlight shot by the Journal-Gazette, he froze Lee Orr on strike three to end the game. Then, it looked like he wasn’t sure what to do as the rest of the team charged the mound. (To tell you the truth, neither did I)
- There were so many hugs and handshakes and smiles after the game that I can’t relate all of them. Every player in Fort Wayne and every player on the roster that has moved on had something to do with bringing the a Midwest League pennant to Appleton for the first time since 1984. That is a long time. But, this team was so much fun they are definitely heirs to the Foxes of the 60′s and the 80′s. If old Goodland Field could react, I would like to think that it would be smiling and thinking about a Rattler Brau right now.
- I have been fortunate to have called four different championship teams before this season. The 1991 UW-Platteville Men’s Basketball team that won the NCAA Division III Title, the 1997 UW-Superior Men’s Hockey Team that won the Peters Cup, the 1997 Duluth Superior Dukes that won the Northern League Pennant, and the 2000 Green Bay Gamblers that won the Clark Cup Championship. People that followed those teams would ask me if there was a particular game that stands out and pointed to a championship for that particular team. I could probably pick out one or two for each of those teams. But, this Rattlers team had so many games where you could tell they were special that I couldn’t pick just one out. From win number one of the season – which happened to be their first of eleven walkoff wins of the year – the team stayed on point with the trophy up top as the lodestone. They didn’t finish the year with the best record. They didn’t bash teams into submission. They didn’t dazzle with flashy numbers. But, they won. They won and they were the last team standing.
- What a job by the Timber Rattlers coaching staff in 2o12. They worked with everyone every day and taught them how to get better as a professional baseball player. That is the key of player development. Winning is just a side benefit or in the case of this season a big perk with some jewelery that comes along with it. Kudos to Matt Erickson, David Chavarria, Dusty Rhodes, Jeff Paxson, Christian Polega, and Matt Virden.
- I wrote a little something for my facebook friends after so many of them had posted congratulations to me after the final out of the season and the pennant was won. I have changed a few things to take some of the wiseacre out of it:Thank you to everyone for posting congratulations to me on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers winning the MWL Championship. Be clear about it, they won the championship. I was just fortunate to be along for the ride.At this moment, I feel….oh, what are those words…. Happy? and Blessed? Yes. My programming tells me that those are the the correct feelings. Happy and Blessed.
I have loved baseball since I was about 4 years old. I thank God every day I get to be around it and that I have met so many of you through this great and beautiful game.
Have an incredible off season.
Fort Wayne 8
Ten after ten for Ten Runs!
- During batting practice, Nick Ramirez hit some high towering home runs to right field that were impressive. He almost put one into a trashcan at the base of the building in right field. He said something along the lines of wanting to put one on those seats by the video board. Someone chimed in with, “Opposite field would be okay, too.” Nick responded with: “Opposite field homers are
mistakesaccidents. (Note: Corrected this because Nick mentioned the correct word to me in the hotel lobby. Accidents does make it sound funnier, too.) Nice mistakeaccident. His homer to left on a line drive gave him two in the MWLCS, four in the postseason, and – adding the regular season and the playoffs together – 20 on the season.
- Brandon Macias last hit a home run on August 6 in Beloit. He cleared the 376′ sign where the wall gets a bit taller. It was a laser and there was never a doubt.
- In Game One & Game Two, the top three hitters in the order: Macias, Chadwin Stang, & Ben McMahan were are combined 1-for-22. In Game Three, those three were 7-for-13 with eight RBI. McMahan in particular broke out. McMahan had been 0-for-16 with eight strikeouts. Then, he hit an RBI double to right-center in the seventh inning. It was awesome. Also, awesome: The Rattlers were 6-for-60 (.100) in the first two games of the Championship Series. They were 13-for-35 in Game Three to boost the series average to .200 and playoff average to .211. (Small Sample Size should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyways).
- Backtracking a bit. It’s 3-2 in the top of the fourth inning. Rafael Neda at second and Lance Roenicke at first. Adrian Williams singles to left and Matt Erickson didn’t bother with the stop sign for the Rattlers catcher. Neda, who was bowled over and hung of to the ball for a big out in the first inning, got a great jump on the hit by Williams and beat the throw to the plate to tie the game moments before the homer by Macias.
- To expand on that, the top of the order doesn’t get a chance to do what they did without contributions from the bottom of the order. Macias singles out Williams with a quote from the MiLB.com story that is linked at the top of this post: “[My home run] was a big part, but Adrian came up big with that hit with two outs, tied the game up,” said Macias, a non-drafted free agent who signed with the Brewers in June 2011. “Everything after that fell into place. It definitely changed the momentum.
- Williams went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored three runs. If you remember back to the game against Clinton on Sunday, it was Williams who came through with a big two out hit in that put the Rattlers ahead of Clinton to stay in Game Two. Big hits!…Championship Hits! (Here endeth my Peter King riff)
- Ten runs wasn’t the only ten in the game. David Goforth scuffled a bit, but had ten strikeouts to set a new single game high as a professional. One stood out more than any other. Fort Wayne had just taken a 3-1 lead on the one-out triple by Yeison Asencio. Lee Orr was at the plate and Goforth struck him out to keep Asencio at third base. He got the final out of the inning on a grounder. The Rattlers scored five in the top of the fourth. In the bottom of the foruth, he struck out the side in order on eleven pitches – 10 strikes. Off to the races after that.
- Goforth’s playoff stats: 15 innings, 10 hits, 4 runs, five walks, 19 strikeouts….and 2-0, if you’re into that stat, too.
- The bullpen got extended action on Saturday. Mike Strong with a solid seventh inning, his first action since September 2. Stosh deserved a better fate, but two out walks and seeing-eye singles in the eighth and two errors in the ninth wrecked his line. Santo Manzanillo….Just keep bringing it, Manzo.
- The Rattlers quality start streak ended at seven tonight, but….big deal. Goforth speaks: “This team is one of the better teams that I’ve ever been a part of, the character is incredible,” he said. “The whole season — we get down in games or lose a game and we always bounce back. I would say we’ve been confident the whole time.”
One more win to get. Game time on Sunday is 4:05pm CDT. Let’s go, Rattlers!
Fort Wayne 5
(Best-of-five Series tied 1-1)
The Journal-Gazette story notes that Travis Jankowski, the TinCaps leadoff hitter and center fielder is out for the rest of the playoffs:
Travis Jankowski suffered a rib fracture and will miss the rest of the series, according to Valentin. The outfielder was hit by a pitch in the top of the first. He left the game when the inning ended.
Also, the Fond du Lac Reporter has this Chad Pierce-centric article.
Long story short. Rattlers held to two hits. Wisconsin’s offense is hitting .185 in the playoffs.
Other Playoff Stats and Notes:
Pierce allowed three runs – two earned – over seven innings. That would make seven quality starts – in seven playoff games – for Wisconsin starting pitchers.
Thursday was the first time in the post season run for this Rattlers team they allowed more than four runs
It was the sixth time the Rattlers have scored four or fewer runs.
Nick Ramirez hit his third homer of the playoffs. That gives him 19 total on the season.
The two runs in the ninth inning for the TinCaps were the first two allowed by the Rattlers bullpen in the postseason.
Fort Wayne relievers Johnny Barbato and Matt Stites are going to be a tad bit of trouble in the late innings.
The Timber Rattlers wrap the 2012 season with a home record – playoffs included – of 46-29.
The team is on the bus to Fort Wayne right now. Game Three of the best-of-five Finals is Saturday night. Game time is 6:05pm CDT at Parkview Field.
The two pitchers that lead their respective teams in wins will take the mound in Game Three. RHP David Goforth for the Rattlers against LHP Frank Garces. Goforth won at Fort Wayne earlier this season. Garces beat the Rattlers in Fort Wayne in that same series.
A couple of numbers to keep in mind preparing for Saturday’s game:
Including a 1-1 record in the playoffs, the Rattlers are 37-34 on the road
Including a 2-0 record in the playoff, the TinCaps are 39-33 at home
Wisconsin batters hit .259 as a team against lefties this season.
Here was the batting order for the Rattlers hitters – and how they did – against Garces in the game on July 16 at Fort Wayne, a 7-4 TinCaps win:
Stang: 2-for-3, 2 doubles
Roenicke: 0-for-1, SF, RBI
Macias: 0-for-0, 2 walks
McMahan: 0-for-2, K
Ramirez: 0-for-2, K
Garfield: 1-for-1, HR, RBI, walk
Roberts: 0-for-2, K
Here is the batting order for the TinCaps hitters – and how they did – against Goforth in the game on July 5 at Fort Wayne, an 8-2 Rattlers win:
Peterson: 2-for-4 RBI
Gallic: 1-for-4, double, RUN
Asencio: 2-for-4, RBI
Stubblefield: 1-for-3, K
Gaedele: 1-for-3, 2B, K, RUN
Game Two Highlights:
It’s a really, really quick turnaround with a 12:05pm game tomorrow.
So a few quick stats and notes from Game One.
- The Rattlers were outhit 7-4, scored two runs on wild pitches, and won their fifth straight game.
- Wisconsin’s pitching stayed incredible. One earned run in ten innings lowered their Team ERA to 1.00 in the playoffs
- Jacob Barnes went seven innings and allowed one earned run for the SIXTH consecutive quality start in six playoff games
- During the five game winning streak, Timber Rattlers starters have pitched 39 innings and allowed five runs – three earned. That is an ERA of 0.69 for the starters.
- Brent Suter got into the act with three scoreless innings. That would be seven scoreless innings in the last three games for the relievers.
- Overall, the Rattlers ERA during the last five game is a REE-gosh-darn-DICULOUS 0.59.
- Back to the runs scoring on wild pitches. When he first took over as the manager of the Timber Rattlers, one of the things that Matt Erickson told me at Spring Training, 2011 was that the Brewers want their players to focus on good reads on pitches in the dirt. Both Brandon Macias, who scored from second on a wild pitch in the first inning, and Rafael Neda, who scored the winning run in the tenth, got great reads and scored huge runs!
- Duanel Jones stepped on the calf of Nick Ramirez on a play at first in the tenth inning. Ramirez stayed in the game, but – MAN – did that look like it hurt.
- Make fun of #bunttowin all you want. It’s working for the Timber Rattlers. Two more sacrifice bunts on Wednesday gives Wisconsin seven sacrifice bunts in six postseason games. Both bunts tonight set up runs.
- The 2012 Timber Rattlers continue to chart uncharted territory. This is the fourth Midwest League Championship Series for Wisconsin. Wednesday was the first time the Rattlers have won a Game One in the MWLCS. This 1-0 lead in the Finals also marks the first time Wisconsin has had a lead in the Finals. That is something that the 1996, 1999, and 2005 teams never did. Two more wins and there will be some real uncharted territory.
- Why Eleven after Eleven since it was only a ten inning game? Wednesday was “walkoff” win #11 this season. What a ride and it didn’t even cost me an E Ticket.
Whoops. That wasn’t very quick. Oh, well. Sleep fast everyone.
Finals Highlights – Game One:
Timber Rattlers advance to Western Division Finals with win in Game Three.
David Goforth: 9IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 9K 113 pitches/73 strikes
Please see my comments on Goforth from his last start. I don’t think I need to add anything to that except for this…NINE STRIKEOUTS! ZOMG!!!!!
If you will allow me to channel my inner Bugs Bunny for a moment:
Ben McMahan WHAM! A homer!!
Nick Ramirez WHAM!! Another homer!!
Rattlers v. Clinton in the Western Division Finals.
Saturday, 9/8 @ Clinton @ 6:30pm
Sunday, 9/9 @ Wisconsin @ 7:05pm
Monday, 9/10 @ Wisconsin @ 6:35pm – if necessary
When Clinton was at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium in the second half, hitting coach Tommy Cruz saw me on the concourse and said, “We want you guys in the playoffs.”
Well, they got the Rattlers.
The Rattlers won the season series with LumberKings. In 15 meetings during the 2012 season, the Rattlers were 12-3, including 8-1 at Clinton.
But, this is a LumberKings team that had an unbelievable second half. Clinton in the first half: 23-45. Clinton in the second half: 48-22. They finished the regular season with a ten game winning streak. They won 17 of their last 18 games.
Plus, they won a pair of extra inning games in Beloit to bounce back after they lost game one of the first round series at home to advance to the Western Division Finals.
This is going to be a fun series. Tickets for Game Two of the Western Division Finals go on sale Saturday at 10:00am at the Timber Rattlers Box Office.
I’ll have more in the morning. Right now, sleep calls because there is a 9:30 bus to Clinton.
Enjoy the highlights: