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Paraphrasing manager Matt Erickson after the game: When a pitcher can throw three pitches for strikes, that’s what happens.
What happened was Tanner Peters had a nasty changeup. He threw his other pitches for strikes and – after a Rafael Neda single in the top of the second inning – Peters retired 18 straight Rattlers. The streak eventually reached 23 – through two more relievers – until Nick Ramirez doubled with two out in the top of the ninth.
I am almost positive that there is an MiLB.com story with quotes from Peters on the way.
A couple from the This Is Just TOO Weird File: The Timber Rattlers playoff game prior to Wednesday was on September 17, 2005. Wisconsin lost that game 4-0. The last Timber Rattlers playoff game in Burlington prior to Wednesday was September 15, 1999. IT wasn’t 4-0, but it was a shutout and the Bees won that game 2-0.
I know it’s a completely different team, including affiliation, but the last time the Rattlers were swept in a series was in 2003. Beloit swept the Rattlers out of the first round of the playoffs that year.
Want the really depressing part? The Rattlers have been to the playoffs from 1996-2001, 2003, & 2005. They have lost been eliminated at home in 1996 (League Finals), 1997 (1st round), 1998 (1st round), 1999 (League Finals), 2000 (Division Finals) , 2003 (1st round), & 2005 (League Finals). The only year the Rattlers did not get eliminated at home was 2001 (In Kane County in the Division Finals)
It would be nice if history doesn’t repeat itself.
Aside from that there really isn’t much to add to the game story. I tip my cap to the Bees on Game One.
In the other playoff games, Beloit won 8-6 in Clinton. Fort Wayne beat Lansing 5-2. Lake County beat Bowling Green 5-4. Beloit will be the only team going for the sweep at home. Everyone else heads home and will hope to force game three.
Chad Pierce is the scheduled starter for the Rattlers and he will face AJ Cole.
I won’t paraphrase Matt Erickson for this last part, but I will give him credit for this bit of information that might keep your hopes up for Thursday. The Timber Rattlers went 42-28 at home in 2012. Best home record in the Western Division. That includes a 6-4 record against the Bees.
See you at the ballpark.
I try to never read too much into performances on the last day of the season…
Especially in a game that features a 6-5 double play with a runner at second and a grounder to short starts the play and a different play in which a pitcher does not cover home plate on a wild pitch that didn’t get too far away from the plate with a runner at third base resulting in a run scoring and that pitcher getting yanked from the game with a 2-2 count on the batter with two outs in the inning…
BUT, gol durnit, that was a fun way to spend about five hours on Labor Day.
Five home runs on the day with some timely hitting and good relief work.
Max Walla kept game two from getting out of hand with a spectacular diving catch. Read the game two game story for details.
Chad Thompson and Brent Suter do the job in game one. Eric Semmelhack, Santo Manzanillo, and Michael White do the job in game two. Bullpen should be fresh and ready to go on Wednesday in game one against the Bees.
By sweeping the three game series from the Bees at the end of the regular season, the Rattlers wound up with a winning record against the Bees (10-9) in 2012. The Rattlers did not have a losing record against any team from the Western Division. As the great Mel Allen might say, “How ’bout that?”
The team will work out in Burlington tomorrow morning and take the afternoon to relax. Next game is Wednesday at 6:30pm right back here at Community Field.
It’s been a long day and the plan is to put a detailed playoff preview up sometime tomorrow afternoon – or, once I know the starters for Burlington.
Until then, Rattlers fans, just roll with it:
Sunday’s game remind you of anything?
Rattlers offense scores three runs in the first inning (Outscored opponents 96-54 in the first inning)
Rattlers offense strikes out sixteen times in the game (Their 1,177 are the most in the MWL)
David Goforth won his 10th game of the season. He went five innings and allowed two runs. Goforth’s most impressive feat on Sunday was the GO:AO ratio of 12:3. His first inning consisted of three straight grounders to Yadiel Rivera. No strikeouts, but he joins Matt Miller as the only 10-game winner on the staff this season.
Yeah. I know. Pitching wins don’t matter. Okay. How about this:
Goforth didn’t miss a start this season. He made 28 starts and reached 150-2/3 innings pitched. Goforth tied the Timber Rattlers record for starts in a season (Paul Fagan also had 28 in 2006) and became the first Rattlers pitcher since Fagan to reach 150 innings in a season.
Goforth’s First Half: 14 starts, 5-4, 5.56ERA, 68IP, 31BB, 37K, GO/AO 1.37
Goforth’s Second Half: 14 starts, 5-4, 3.92ERA, 82.2IP, 32BB, 56K, GO/AO 1.51
Yadiel Rivera had three hits on Sunday. His average is up to .247. Rivera was hitting .218 after the game on August 8. He has a hit in 18 of the 21 games since. Ten of those games are multi-hit games for Rivera.
Michael Strong came back, um, strong on Sunday with a 1-2-3 9th that included two strikeouts
Strong in July: Seven games; 17.1IP, 9H, 2R, 3BB, 26K
Strong in August: Six games; 9.1IP; 14H, 13R, 8ER, 9BB, 16K
The Reason there is a doubleheader on Monday:
Oddly, the fact that Kane County beat Peoria 5-4 in ten innings – in a game that started at 6:30pm on a Sunday – had nothing to do with Monday’s season ending twinbill.
The Rattlers were tied with Beloit for the best record in the Midwest League heading into Sunday. The Rattlers are up a game on the Snappers after Beloit lost 2-1 to Quad Cities on Sunday. BUT, the doubleheader will need to be played on Monday because Beloit still has a chance to finish ahead of the Rattlers in the overall division race. If the Rattlers and Snappers meet in the second round, the team with the best overall record would host game two and game three in the Western Division Finals.
The fact that Burlington needs to win one game on Monday or hope that Kane County loses their season finale just adds a little spice to the games.
Just a note: Beloit’s first round opponent is going to be Clinton. Clinton has won nine in a row , 16 of their last 17 games, and are 25-7 since the start of August.
Game one pitching matchup:
WIS: Chad Thompson
BUR: Blake Hassebrock
Game two pitching matchup, IF Rattlers win game one:
WIS: Eric Semmelhack and the relievers
BUR: AJ Cole
Game two pitching matchup, IF Bees win game one*:
WIS: Eric Semmelhack and the relievers
BUR: TBA…probably a RHP
*-Peoria at Kane County starts at 1pm. If Kane County loses this game, watch for a BUR TBA in game two, too.
Rattlers rotation looks like this to start:
GAME ONE: RHP Jacob Barnes
GAME TWO: RHP Chad Pierce
GAME THREE – if necessary - (or GAME ONE of 2nd round): RHP David Goforth
Number of times the Rattlers lost a game in which they led by 4 runs before August 29: Zero
Number of times the Rattlers lost a game in which they led by 4 runs since August 29: Two (8/29 & 8/31)
Number of times a Rattlers team has hit over 100 home runs in a season: Two (2005 -101, 2010 – 102)
Top five home run hitters for 2012 Timber Rattlers:
Nick Ramirez – 16
Ben McMahan – 14
Yadiel Rivera – 12
Cameron Garfield – 10
Greg Hopkins – 9
Top five home run hitters for 2005 Timber Rattlers:
Mike Wilson – 19
Marshall Hubbard – 17
Chris Colton – 12
Oswaldo Navarro – 9
Brent Johnson – 9
Rattlers longest hitting streaks of the season:
Chadwin Stang – 19 games (7/14-8/7; 29-for-82)
Cameron Garfield – 11 games (8/6-8/24; 19-for-40)
Brandon Macias – 11 games (8/19-present; 16-for-43)*
Greg Hopkins – 10 games (5/24-6/2; 21-for-41)
Greg Hopkins – 10 games (8/10-8/20; 14-for-39)
Yadiel Rivera – 10 games (5/13-24; 13-for-37)
Timber Rattlers Categories which Brandon Macias leads:
Burlington leads Kane County by three games with four to play in the second half Western Division Wild Card race
Western Division Overall Standings:
Wisconsin: 75-60 –
Beloit: 74-62 -1.5
Get ‘em tomorrow
Apologies for not posting this last night. I stared at the blank screen again. Then, I remembered that I had to do an interview on a radio station at 7:20 this morning.
Just some quick morning after thoughts:
Chad Thompson had a 13 inning scoreless streak snapped with that 2-out run he allowed in the sixth inning.
Wang-Wei Lin is a wizard. I can’t think of any other way that he could have possibly made the catch to rob Stang of a game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth.
Rattlers pitchers issued leadoff walks in the 7th, 10th, & 12th. Each of those leadoff walks scored.
Three of Beloit’s six runs scored on two out hits.
The teams combined (BEL: 4-for-21; WIS: 2-for-11) to hit 6-for-32 with RISP.
Beloit trails the Rattlers for the best overall record in the Western Division by 2-1/2 games with five to play.
In the Western Division Wild Card race, Burlington & Kane County both lost. Burlington still has a three game lead over Kane County for the Second Half Wild Card. Burlington is looking more and more likely to be the Rattlers first round opponent.
The talk on the bus ride was about the ejection of Cameron Garfield. This may come as a surprise to you, but I’m going to side with the Rattlers on this one.
I could go over the game, but I’m not sure what I can add to this one. The game story has everything.
So, the five most annoying celebration songs I have heard in my broadcast career.
#5.) The Heat is On: Omaha Lancers (USHL)
A lifetime ago, I was the radio announcer for the Green Bay Gamblers. The Omaha Lancers had a great offensive team and they would score lots and lots of goals. The song that they played after every goal was the Glenn Frey “classic” from Beverly Hills Cop. No seriously. It would kick in right around the point in the song where Glenn sounded like he was singing backup vocals to his own song. Then, at the appropriate moment – right after ‘It’s on the street!’, 6,000 Lancers fans would all sing along with that “Whoooo-hoooo”. I hate that song and Beverly Hills Cop has been ruined for me.
#4.) Song #2: Winnipeg Goldeyes (Northern League of Professional Baseball)
It was 1998. I was in my first year as the solo radio announcer for the Duluth Superior Dukes. The Winnipeg Goldeyes still played in Winnipeg Stadium, a football stadium for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The left field fence was 300′ from home plate. They had the lot of power hitting right-handed hitters. Not that you needed to be a slugger to hit one out of the park there. There was one game, the last game of a series. The Dukes bullpen was used up and the starter needed to go deep into the ballgame…no matter what. I don’s have my scorebook from the 1998 Dukes in front of me, but I am almost positive that the starter went all eight innings and gave up 500 runs and the Goldeyes hit 88 homers. The Goldeyes production crew played this song – from the start – after every. single. run.
#3.) We like to Party: Peoria Chiefs (Midwest League)
I hated this song when Six Flags used it and their commercials were on every station at all hours of the day or night. The Chiefs, to their credit, have added dancing ears of corn – named Norm & Al – to really ramp this one up to 11.
#2.) Chelsea Dagger: Beloit Snappers, Cedar Rapids Kernels, South Bend Silver Hawks (Midwest League)
I don’t know how and I don’t know why this song became popular with THREE teams in the league but I wanted the Rattlers to shutout these teams every time they played at the respective stadiums.
#1.) Iowa Fight Song: Cedar Rapids Kernels
The Rattlers played in Cedar Rapids on Iowa night this year. The Kernels played this song after every Kernels run. Cedar Rapids scored FOURTEEN runs that night.
You made it through the crap. Now, Here is the song I would play – starting at about 2:41 where that kickin’ drum beat starts up – after a win…if people knew what real music was.
Yes, it’s odd that I put a song that has the lyrics:
Well, I can’t be bothered with sorrow
And I can’t be bothered with hate, no, no
in a post about songs that bother me and have grown to hate.
Another game tomorrow. Go get ‘em.
List of games the 2012 Rattlers have allowed 10 or more runs:
April 24 @South Bend – 10-4 (L)
May 15 @Kane County – 11-5 (L)
June 1@Cedar Rapids 14-9 (L)
July 6 @Cedar Rapids 12-11 (L)
August 7 @Beloit 10-4 (L)
August 8 v. Cedar Rapids 15-1 (L)
August 15 @Beloit 13-10 (L)
August 26 @Peoria 10-3 (L)
The Day in pictures:
Final thoughts: Great job by the Chiefs front office and grounds crew in a difficult spot. They held off the start of the game because of a weather system that could have dumped a lot of rain on the field a lot earlier than it did. Nobody wanted to burn a starting pitcher and nobody wanted a doubleheader. Also, I am about 92.4% positive that the umpires almost called for the tarp in the top of the ninth inning. That would have been a mistake.
Right now, It’s raining all over the world:
Rafael Neda Career Triples as a Professional:
August 13, 2011 w/ AZL Brewers v. AZL Royals off Caesar Ogando
August 24, 2012 w/ Rattlers v. Cedar Rapids off Nick Mutz
2012 Timber Rattlers Extra Innings Games:
April 15 v. Peoria 5-3 loss in 11 innings
April 21 @West Michigan 3-2 win in 12 innings
April 22 @South Bend 2-1 loss in 10 innings
April 26 v. Dayton 3-1 loss in 10 innings
May 12 @Kane County 2-1 win in 11 innings
May 16 v. Burlington 5-4 win in 10 innings
May 29 @Peoria 4-3 loss in 14 innings
June 10 v. Beloit 5-2 win in 10 innings
June 12 @Clinton 5-2 win in 10 innings
June 29 v. Peoria 8-7 win in 10 innings
July 13 @Lake County 7-6 loss in 15 innings
July 18 v. Great Lakes 5-4 win in 10 innings
July 20 v. Great Lakes 2-1 loss in 13 innings
August 11 v. Clinton 9-8 loss in 13 innings
August 24 v. Cedar Rapids 3-2 loss in 10 innings
Timber Rattlers players with 100 or more hits this season:
Brandon Macias – 123
Chadwin Stang – 119
Ben McMahan – 109
Greg Hopkins – 105
Yadiel Rivera – 100
Opposing players with two multi-homer games against Wisconsin this season:
Zach Borenstein, Cedar Rapids (July 6 & August 23)
Timber Rattlers players with ten or more home runs this season:
Nick Ramirez – 15
Ben McMahan – 12
Yadiel Rivera – 12
Cameron Garfield – 10