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Postgame Post – June 21, 2014

Timber Rattlers 5
Burlington Bees 3
Boxscore | Game Story

It was fine for the Bees up until the moment this ball gets thrown into right field by the third baseman.

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Poor girl looking for her seat had to ask, “What happened?” for two innings before anyone told her.

Zach Quintana Pregame Interview:

Taylor Brennan is now 4-for-7 with the bases loaded.  He has driven in eleven runs with the sacks full this season.

In Brian Loconsole’s previous five outings before Saturday, he had allowed two hits, two walks, and struck out twelve in 10-1/3 innings.  Wisconsin got to him for three runs on five hits and a walk over 1-1/3 innings.

The Rattlers had eight hits in Saturday’s game, but their average for the month of June actually went down…to .290.  Wisconsin is 14-3 in June and has outscored their opponents 101-73 in the month.

Overlooked at bats of the night: Jose Pena and Garrett Cooper with consecutive two-out singles in the top of the seventh.  Pena snuck a single through to left field to keep the seventh inning alive for the Rattlers.  Then, Cooper stepped in to face Loconsole.  Cooper had been 0-for-2 to that point of the game with two strikeouts.  He was down a couple of strikes with Pena at first base and fouled two two-strike pitches off to keep in there as he worked the count full.  Then, he lined a payoff pitch hard past the first baseman for a single to send Pena to third and set up the tying run on the botched force play depicted in the photo that leads off the post.


The feet, the crosses, & the ribbon behind home plate are for Garrett's Path.  A very worthwhile charity in Burlington.

The feet, the crosses, & the ribbon behind home plate are for Garrett’s Path. A very worthwhile charity in Burlington.

Even this photo not being level doesn't take away from what a great night it was for baseball!

Even this photo not being level doesn’t take away from what a great night it was for baseball!


High Fives!

High Fives!

Game time on Sunday is 2:00pm!



Postdoubleheader Post – Games of June 20, 2014

Game 1
Timber Rattlers 8
Burlington Bees 4
Boxscore | Game Story

Game 2
Timber Rattlers 4
Burlington Bees 1
Boxscore | Game Story

Pre-doubleheader Interview with Bees Broadcaster Michael Broskowski:

Between Games Interview with Timber Rattlers Hitting Coach Chuckie Caufield:

The Rattlers won two games on Friday at Burlington.  They were 2-7 at Burlington all of 2013.

Game 1 Starter:
Anthony Banda matched his career high for strikeouts in game as a professional as he picked up eight in five innings.

Game 2 Starter:
Zach Quintana on June 6: 1IP, 1H, 5R, 4BB, 0K …. no decision
Zach Quintana since 6/6: 8.1IP, 6H, 0R, 2BB, 8K …. two games and two wins

Game 1 Photos:

Garrett Cooper heads home after his three-run homer puts the Rattlers up 6-3.  The homer cleared the wall in center 403' from the plate.

Garrett Cooper heads home after his three-run homer puts the Rattlers up 6-3. The homer cleared the wall in center 403′ from the plate.


Banda with strikeout #8.

Banda with strikeout #8.


Rattlers celebrate after a confusing end to game one.

Rattlers celebrate after a confusing end to game one.

Game one ended on a foul pop behind first base.  The runner at first must have lost track of the number of outs because he was running on contact.  Cooper caught the ball behind first and the runners was 2/3 of the way to second base.  There was an easy flip to Trevor Seidenberger covering at first to close out the game with a FF3, 3-1 double play.

Game 2 Photos:

Quintana got a foul ball on this pitch.

Quintana got a foul ball on this pitch.


Paul Eshleman is about to throw out a runner at second by a lot....a lot.

Paul Eshleman is about to throw out a runner at second by a lot….a lot.

This is Ratterree's triple to drive in Castillo.  I'm not sure what I was going for in this shot.

This is Ratterree’s triple to drive in Castillo. I’m not sure what I was going for in this shot.

The contact play was not - repeat, NOT - on for this Coulter grounder flagged down by the shortstop with Ratterree at third.

The contact play was not – repeat, NOT – on for this Coulter grounder flagged down by the shortstop with Ratterree at third.

Got. Him. Swinging. Rattlers win.

Got. Him. Swinging. Rattlers win.




A couple of things:
Looking for insurance in the ninth, manager Matt Erickson had runners at first and third with no outs. He pulled out the safety squeeze with Angel Ortega at the plate. This is probably the fifth or sixth time the Rattlers have successfully run that play and got the result they have wanted. It was also the second time I had a feeling that they would run that play.

It cannot be stopped!

Also of note, the Rattlers did not commit an error in either game.

One last note.
I passed a personal milestone after game number one was in the books. That was game number 2000 since I took over as the Timber Rattlers radio announcer from Tim McCord for the 2000 season.

I missed a few games in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 for hockey because I was the announcer for the Green Bay Gamblers and playoffs would get in the way of some of those early season games. But, I haven’t missed a game since early in the 2003 season and that streak is at 1,725 straight games after both games were completed on Friday.

It’s just a number…and calling 2000 games (or to be more accurate with the doubleheader in the books 2001 games) in the Midwest League game probably isn’t that big of a deal. But, it means…something. I just don’t know what that is. I do know that I’m not done yet.

Here’s to a great start to the second half.

Thank you listening.

Postgame Post – June 14, 2014

Rattlers 6
Bandits 3
Boxscore | Game Story

Matt Erickson Pregame Interview:

The Timber Rattlers have been playing some great baseball in the last two weeks.  11-1 in their last twelve games.  They have missed the playoffs in the first half, but things are definitely bright for the second half of the season.

I am looking forward to it.

But, I am not looking forward to tomorrow. Some of you may know about this and others may not. I try not to get too serious on this blog because it’s supposed to be fun and light-hearted and about baseball…and things tangentially related to baseball.

Wisconsin Dells circa 1972 or 73 with my Dad and brother.

Wisconsin Dells with my Dad and brother.

It has been difficult to be those things this season because my dad died one week before the season started and I miss him so much. I don’t want to go into it again because I think that I said everything I needed to say in this column.

But, baseball was our sport. He used to tell me stories about going in to Milwaukee to watch the Braves and how they stopped going as much when they banned carry-ins. My first glove was his Lew Burdette model.

We saw Dennis Lamp almost throw a no-hitter against the Brewers. He made sure my brother and I were members of the Brewers Pepsi Fan Club so we could go to a lot of games for not a lot of money. The red Coca Cola Bat from one of the Bat Night’s is somewhere in the basement. Barry Bonds with help from Jeff Kent and Ellis Burks ruined his 60th birthday.

Finally, we got to see them clinch the NL Central title in 2011.

Our best day ever at County Stadium was September 17, 1976. That was the night of the Brewers Salute to Hank Aaron. So many old Milwaukee Braves came back for the ceremony.

He told me about Johnny Logan and Warren Spahn and Joe Adcock and, of course Hank Aaron. I was seven and you can mark that game right there as the start of my interest in and love of baseball history.

Apologies if I have been off my game on the radio this season and if I have skipped a few days on the blog. It has been tough.  It has been getting better and – as weird as this may sound – the last two weeks of baseball have really helped.

But, I’m not looking forward to tomorrow and not just because it’s the end of a half. Sunday is Father’s Day…and it’s the first one without him.

Postgame Post – June 12, 2014

Good News:
The Rattlers have won nine of their last ten to get to 34-32.  This is the first time they are two games over .500 since they were 10-8 on April 23.

Beloit 2
Rattlers 8
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Story

Great News:
Look at this crowd waiting to get into the ballpark!
Photo by Ann Mollica
Greatest News:
These uniforms:
Photo by Ann Mollica
Seriously….These uniforms!
Photo by Ann Mollica

Photo by Ann Mollica
But, I’m afraid I have some Bad News:
Burlington dodged a lot of Clinton opportunities and defeated the LumberKings 3-2 in eleven innings at Clinton.  One Burlington win in their final three games of the half will help them claim the Wild Card spot.  One Rattler loss in their last three games at Quad Cities knocks them out of the playoff picture in the first half.

If you remember back to the end of the second half of the 2013 season, the River Bandits knocked the Rattlers out of the playoffs with a sweep in Grand Chute heading into the final road trip of the season.

What do you have to say about that, Switch?

Photo by Ann Mollica


Pregame Interview with Garrett Cooper:

Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
Preston Gainey:

Francisco Castillo (translated by Omar Garcia):

Matt Erickson:


On to the QC!

Postgame Post – June 11, 2014

Stayin’ Alive!


Beloit 2
Wisconsin 4
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Story

Here’s the thing…

Burlington 35-30
Peoria 34-31
Quad Cities 34-31
Wisconsin 33-32

Basically, the Rattlers elimination number is two. If the Rattlers win out they will be 37-32. If Burlington goes 2-2 in their last four games, the Bees will also be 37-32. But, the Bees have the tie-breaker since they went 5-3 against Wisconsin.

A loss in any of these last four games could eliminate the Rattlers…IF Burlington winds up at the top..

In case you were wondering….

Tie involving more than two teams: 1) Best winning percentage in games involving tied teams for the full season; 2) best run differential in games involving tied teams for the full season; 3) best winning percentage in second-half games involving tied teams; 4) best run differential in second-half games only in games involving tied teams.

I won’t start figuring this out until I have to….so…tomorrow night, eh?

Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
Steve Halcomb:

Clint Coulter:

Chuckie Caufield:

Highlights are taking awhile to load again. They will be added to the pregame post tomorrow.

What a difference for Zach Quintana:
6/6 v. Cedar Rapids: IP, H, 5R, 4BB, 0K
6/11 v. Beloit: 3.1IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K

And he picked up his first MWL win.

Photos (Ann Mollica):


Postgame Post for June 10, 2014


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Beloit 9
Wisconsin 6
(17 innings)
Boxscore | Game Day | Game Story

Brennan is greeted at the dugout after his game-tying grand slam. It happened so long ago it feels blurry and out of focus:

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Most of what I needed to say is in the game story. Click that link up top for the details…but, to give you the main point:

The Wild Card leading Burlington Bees lost 4-2 at Clinton. The Quad Cities River Bandits won 6-2 at Cedar Rapids. The Peoria Chiefs were rained out in their home game against Kane County. The Bees and River Bandits are now tied for the Wild Card at 34-30. Peoria is 33-30 and a half game behind the Bees and River Bandits. The Timber Rattlers could have moved closer in the playoff chase had they scratched a run across after tying the game for their eighth straight win. But, it was not to be for Wisconsin as they fell back to the .500 mark and remain two games out of the Wild Card spot.

…with five games to play.

Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
Clint Terry:

Matt Erickson:

The call that Jon and Matt discuss is the play in the bottom of the 14th.  Francisco Castillo at first is running and Rafael Neda sends a sharp grounder near Castillo.  Castillo avoided getting hit by the ball a slid into second.  Pan, the second baseman, fielded the ball and  flipped to Mercedes, the shortstop covering the bag.  Mercedes threw on to first to get Neda and it looked like Castillo would be on second with one out.  The umpire had ruled “safe” in that the ball missed Castillo, but called him out at second on the force play and Neda out at first on the double play….Eshleman followed with a double to the gap in left center….but was left stranded.

Want to see that play on the replay again?…Be there in a bit, TWC SportsChannel on demand.

I was told that the Highlights would take 1000 hours to upload to YouTube tonight. I will try to remember to add those highlights in the morning.

Meanwhile….we have a new #1 for the longest game in Timber Rattlers history. Here’s the old list…The scary coincidence is the #3 on that list…which is now #4

3.) May 20, 2010: The Peoria Chiefs beat the Rattlers 9-6 in fifteen innings in a game that took 5:06 in Grand Chute. This game…. The reason Wisconsin made it to extra innings was a three-run bottom of the ninth to tie the game 4-4. They tying run scored on a wild pitch. Peoria scored a run in the top of the twelfth. Wisconsin scored a run in the bottom of the twelfth on an error by the left fielder. Peoria ran out of pitchers and had to turn to catcher Mario Mercedes in the bottom of the fourteenth. Scooter Gennett singled with two outs and stole second base. Khris Dennis followed with a single to right, but Scooter was thrown out at home plate by Nelson Perez. In the top of the fifteenth, Peoria sent nine men to the plate and scored four runs off Andy Sauter. All four runs came with two outs and the Rattlers were down 9-5. In the bottom of the fifteenth, Wisconsin loaded the bases with one out against Mercedes. D’Vontrey Richardson drove in a run to make it 9-6. Peoria went to Larry Suarez for one out and he struck out Cutter Dykstra to end the game, the longest game – by time – in Timber Rattlers history.

Nathan Baliva loves to bring up Mario Mercedes about five times a season and three more times in the offseason…I hate him so much for that.

Get ’em tomorr….get ’em today.

Time for go to bed….or I’m just gonna lay down in my office here for a minute or two….later.

Postgame post – June 8, 2014

Two games back with seven to play.  Difficult….not impossible….BUT, there’s this from the game two game story:

There was a lot of movement in the Midwest League’s Western Division Wild Card race on Sunday. The Burlington Bees swept a pair of games from the Beloit Snappers and the Quad Cities River Bandits swept two games from the Peoria Chiefs. Peoria fell from the lead into third place Wild Card race. Quad Cities jumped to a one game lead over the Chiefs and Burlington is just a half game behind the River Bandits. Quad Cities will host the Chiefs on Monday night. Burlington has a doubleheader at home against Beloit.

To put that paragraph in…um…graph form…

Quad Cities 33-29 —
Burlington 32-29 0.5
Peoria 32-20 1.0
Wisconsin 31-31 2.0
Clinton 29-32 3.5

Remaining Games:
Quad Cities (7): v. Peoria (1), @ Cedar Rapids (3), v. Wisconsin (3)
Burlington (8): v. Beloit (2), @ Clinton (3), @Cedar Rapids (3)
Peoria (7): @Quad Cites (1), v. Kane County (3), v. Clinton (3)
Wisconsin (7): @Clinton (1), v. Beloit (3), @Quad Cities (3)

Game 1:
Timber Rattlers 4
LumberKings 1
Boxscore | Game Story

Game 2:
Timber Rattlers 8
LumberKings 5
Boxscore | Game Story

Matt Erickson interview from between games:

The key bits from Game 2:
Ortega 2-run double to make it Clinton 5, Wisconsin 3:

Davis 2-run triple to make it Wisconsin 5, Clinton 5:

Garcia RBI single to make it Wisconsin 6, Clinton 5:

Photos from the Pressbox:
Game 1:

June 8 Brennan scores game 1

June 8 Game 1 Handshake

June 8 Game 1 Arrow

Game 2:

June 8 Davis Triple Game 2

June 8 Game 2 Castillo Single

June 8 Game 2 last pitch

June 8 Game 2 Final


Postgame Post – June 6, 2014


Ortega Triple

Four wins in a row!

Cedar Rapids 8
Wisconsin 12
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Story

Postgame comments (Jon Feyen):

Angel Ortega:

Tristan Archer:

Matt Erickson:

Photos (Ann Mollcia):


Video Highlights:

On to Clinton!

Postgame Post – June 5, 2014


Photo by Ann Mollica

Check the background.

Cedar Rapids 4
Wisconsin 7
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Story

Pregame interview with Taylor Brennan:

Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
Johnny Davis:

Michael Ratterree:

Matt Erickson:

Photos (Ann Mollica):







Postgame post – June 4, 2014

This one’s not coming back!


Cedar Rapids 4
Wisconsin 6
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Story

Pregame Interview with Preston Gainey:

Postgame Comments (Courtesy of Jon Feyen):

Taylor Brennan:

Clint Coulter:

Matt Erickson:

Photos (Courtesy of Ann Mollica):



Not as bad as #5 on this list, a 1995 brawl between the Winston-Salem Warthogs and the Durham Bulls on…Strike Out Domestic Violence Night….Seriously.








NOTE: I updated the post with the tweet and the links about twenty minutes after originally publishing it.


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