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Postgame Post – May 8, 2014

Rattlers win!  Rattlers win!

Photo by Ann Mollica

This is after contact, by the way.

Cedar Rapids 7
Wisconsin 11
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Story

Pregame Audio:
Tyler Alexander:

Postgame Audio (Courtesy of Jon Feyen):
Chris McFarland:

Trevor Seidenberger:

Matt Erickson:

Photos (Courtesy of Ann Mollica):

Homer #1

Wisconsin Homer #1

Kernels homer.

Kernels homer.

Wisconsin Homer #2

Wisconsin Homer #2

Not a homer...just a cool shot.

Not a homer…just a cool shot.

Video Highlights:

I’m not sure when I got so terrible at this.  I’m in a slump and due to break out soon…Trust me.

Postgame Post – May 4, 2014

Clinton 3
Wisconsin 10
Boxscore | Game Story | Game Day

Three scoreless innings by the Trevor Seidenberger and they line up for his autograph.

Three scoreless innings by Trevor Seidenberger and they line up for his autograph.

Postgame Comments (Courtesy of Jon Feyen):
David Denson:

Matt Erickson:

Photos (Courtesy of Ann Mollica):

Look at Rafael Neda's bat.

Look at Rafael Neda’s bat.


Look at that thing.

Look at that thing.


Nice work by Archer.

Nice work by Archer.

Sunday’s Highlights:

Postgame Post – May 3, 2014

Clinton 16
Wisconsin 13
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Story



Postgame Comments (Courtesy of Jon Feyen):

Omar Garcia:

Chris McFarland:

Matt Erickson:

PHOTOS courtesy of Ann Mollica:







Video Highlights:

Postgame Post – May 2, 2014

Clinton 8
Rattlers 4
Boxscore | Game Story | Gameday

It was a busy day before the game.

Bill Michaels was here to do his statewide show and he interviewed Rattlers president Rob Zerjav, Rattlers catcher Clint Coulter, Rattlers coach Lance Roenicke, and….some other guy marginally affiliated with the team.

Then, this happened:

I didn’t eat it on air. But, we do talk with the mind behind the The Big Mother and did a few other fun things. The episode premiers on Tuesday, May 6.

Now, to the game:

Clinton’s Zach Shank tried to score from second on a wild pitch.


He was out.

More photos from Ann Mollica:

Johnny Davis runs one down in center.

Johnny Davis runs one down in center.

It's not THAT cold, Johnny.

It’s not THAT cold, Johnny.



That was a lot of Johnny Davis photos….Worth it.

POSTGAME COMMENTS – courtesy of Jon Feyen. There is a certain focus that all three interviewees bring up in their comments. Listen for them:

Taylor Williams:

Clint Coulter:

Matt Erickson:


Postgame Post – May 1, 2014

Game 1
Burlington Bees 6
Timber Rattlers 4
Boxscore | Game Story
Game 2
Burlington Bees 2
Timber Rattlers 3
Boxscore | Game Story
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Between Games Interview:

Bob Miscik Brewers Roving Infield Coordinator:

POSTGAME AUDIO (Questions by Kyle Lobner, Tim Froberg, & Jon Feyen:

Chris McFarland:

Taylor Brennan:

Matt Erickson:

Walkoff photos by Ann Mollica:





I was the air from 4:45pm to 11:45pm on Wednesday and from 11:45am to 5:45pm on Thursday. … What is that…??? Thirteen hours out of 25? With *maybe* two hours of sleep since I woke up on Wednesday morning?  I may have been a little loopy.  But, do you know what, I wouldn’t trade this job for any other in the world.

Get some rest, Rattlers fans.  See you tomorrow.

Game 1 Highlights:

Game 2 Highlights:

Postgame Post – April 30, 2014

Game 1

Bees 6
Rattlers 7 (10 innings)
Boxscore | Game Story

Game 2
Bees 5
Rattlers 1
Boxscore | Game Story

Pregame Audio from Pitching Coach Elvin Nina:

Between Games Interview with Matt Erickson:

Postgame audio thanks to Jon Feyen:

Michael Ratterree:

Taylor Brennan:

Matt Erickson:

Photos of an understated walkoff win courtesy of Ann Mollica:

I don’t know if reaction of the guys in the dugout or the reaction of the manager are my favorite parts of this photo:

Had it all the way:

First at home:

There’s a little height:
Game one video highlights:

Game two video highlights:

If you are reading this when I posted it….Sleep fast, Timber Rattlers fans!

If you are reading this after a good night’s sleep…GET UP! Game one starts at 12:05pm!

Postgame Post – April 26, 2014

I hate this place.

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Timber Rattlers 4
Kane County 5
Boxscore | Timber Rattlers Game Story | Kane County Game Story

Barrett Astin is the starting pitcher on Sunday.  He sat down for this interview before Saturday’s game.

Keep your eyes on @MiLB or @jake_seiner.  Jake talked with Taylor Williams after the game for an article on…and why not!

Williams was pretty darn good on Saturday afternoon.  He allowed one hit, walked one, and hit one – all in the second inning.  Williams retired the final ten batters he faced.  He struck out six, including the final four batters he faced.

I saw mainly 91s and 92s.  There may have been one 93 in there.

Today was the 17th time Kane County has recorded a walkoff win over the Timber Rattlers in this ballpark since 1995.  If you were listening to the game, now you realize why I was saying not to put the game in the win column until the final out.  That final out never got here on Saturday.

I was watching Forensic Files last night and one of the people talking about accident recreations mentioned that it’s almost never one thing that causes an accident.  It’s a series of things that have to happen in a particular order before that accident happens.

There was the error that put the leadoff batter on base.  Instead of one out and none on, the leadoff batter is on base.  Walk, Single, Run, Pitching Change.  Error on missed catch on pickoff play. Popup.  4-pitch Walk, 4-pitch Walk, Run. K.  Single. Two Runs. Game over.

I did a quick Win Expectancy Chart for the 9th inning through this website.

April 26 2014 9th inning win probability

The Cougars had a less than 10% chance to win the game heading into the 9th inning.  That means the Rattlers had a better than 90% expectancy to win the game.  The math gets uglier as the inning continues.

Clint Coulter with two more hits.  He is on a 6-game hitting and is 10-for-23 during the streak.

Rafael Neda also had two hits in Saturday’s game.  He also drove in two runs for the Rattlers.

Here is how Williams wrapped up his outing:

And here’s how the Cougars beat the Rattlers:

Get ‘em tomorrow.


Postgame Post – April 25, 2014

Timber Rattlers 4
Kane County 8
Boxscore | Game Story

Rodolfo Fernandez on the mound for the Rattlers.

Rodolfo Fernandez on the mound for the Rattlers.

Michael Ratterree Pregame Interview:

Gotta make this quick.  Day game tomorrow and these game notes aren’t going to write themselves….well, they never have before…I don’t think they will this time.

Wisconsin hitters in the last two games: 22 strikeouts. 3 Walks.

The defense wasn’t charged with an error on Friday.  BUT, there was a grounder that could have been an inning ending double play in the second inning that would have kept the Cougars from scoring in that inning.  Instead, Wisconsin only got one out and two runs would score in the inning.

Welcome Back, Michael Ratterree.  Double & Homer in his first game back with the Rattlers after a trip to the Southern League.

Clint Coulter hit his first triple of the season.  He has five doubles, a triple, and four homers this season.  Ten of his 19 hits are for extra bases.

Coulter has also matched his season high hitting streak at five games.  He is 8-for-19 during this streak.

Gotta run.  Sleep fast, Rattlers fans.

Postgame Post – April 22, 2014

Timber Rattlers 1
Burlington 2
Boxscore | Game Story

So close

So close

A few quick things:

That picture is Francisco Castillo’s line drive to right in the top of the eighth.  Steve Halcomb is at second base with the tying run and there are two outs.  I thought the ball might get over the head of the right fielder, but Mendoza made a heck of a play for the final out.

The key inning for the Rattlers offense tonight was the sixth.  They had four hits and a stolen base (should be two).  Burlington’s pitcher Ryan Etsell had a balk and a wild pitch.  Yet, the Rattlers managed just one run.

Let’s look at the key plays within that sixth inning.  Johnny Davis is at second base with no outs.  I was a bit shocked when he tagged on the fly ball to shallow right off the bat of Francisco Castillo.  I was even more shocked when he beat the throw with a head first dive into third base.

HOWEVER, his momentum carried him past the bag and he would have been easily tagged out had he just tried to get back to the bag.  So, he got up and took off for the plate.  The Bees made three throws in the rundown, which is probably three more than they wanted to make, before getting Davis for the second out.

OF COURSE, McFarland singled on the very next pitch.  It’s frustrating and it seems to happen a lot, but My theory is that you just can’t say that a batter would have done that exact same thing had the runner not been thrown out.

The pitcher is going to make different pitches with a runner at third and one out than he would with nobody on and two outs.  I’m probably using this wrong, but if the transitive property is horrible in predicting scores of games (Team A beat Team B by ten points.  Team B beat Team C by 20 points.  Therefore, Team A would beat Team C by 30 points), then the transitive property would be especially horrible in predicting how a particular play would have happened.

McFarland steals second and is there with two outs as Clint Coulter hits a grounder to left.  McFarland is running hard on contact, but the shortstop Erick Salcedo makes a great stop to keep the ball from getting to the outfield.  McFarland realized he was too far around third but it was too late and HE got caught in a rundown.  Frustrating, I know.  But, McFarland was hustling and you hav to tip the cap to Salcedo for a fine defensive play.

Barrett Astin with a real tough loss.  The three straight singles to load the bases to start the bottom of the third inning were a line drive just over the glove of Stephen Halcomb at second, a shallow flair to right that dropped, and a bunt up the third base line that was a sacrifice attempt that turned into a hit because of what appeared to be miscommunication.  Astin fielded the ball and turned to throw to third for a force out.  But, no one was covering the base.

Astin got the first out on a foul pop.  And the Rattlers just missed turning an inning ending double play.

I’m not sure why Jose Pena threw into second as hard as he did on the single by Aguilera in the bottom of the fourth.  The ball was hit out to Pena on a line and he made a nice play to get it on one hop with his backhand.  Aguliera wasn’t even thinking about second base.  But, Pena fired it in over the cutoff man and over Halcomb and Aguilera wound up at third base by the time the Rattlers got the ball.  Bemboom drove in the unearned run with a single and that turned out to be the run that was the difference in the game.

Rattlers made a switch to their rotation before Tuesday’s game.  Tristan Archer has been moved out of the tandem with Astin and will make the start in the series finale against the Bees on Thursday.  Preston Gainey was the scheduled starter for Thursday, but is going to miss his start this time through the rotation.

Anthony Banda is still scheduled to start tomorrow night against the Bees.

I really like coming to Community Field….BUT, the Rattlers are 2-9 in their last eleven games here.

No highlights tonight.  But, I want to try something different tonight.  If it works, I will post it in the morning.  If it doesn’t….let us never speak of this again.

Get ‘em tomorrow.

Postgame Post – April 19, 2014

Rattlers head into Easter with a win over the Loons.

Great Lakes 2
Wisconsin 5
Boxscore | Game Story | Gameday

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.

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