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Posted: May 23, 2012, 11:36 PM Post
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I was really hoping for Hawn to have a better season. Lots of time left though.

As for Zarraga, I like seeing the good numbers from our converted switch-hitting catcher/dh

And as for RJ Johnson, I wonder if he's still planning to play both ways.


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Posted: May 23, 2012, 11:55 PM Post
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Final: Wisconsin 5, Quad Cities 4

Wisconsin hangs on for fifth straight win
By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

DAVENPORT, IA - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers didn't make it easy, but they held on for a 5-4 win over the Quad Cities River Bandits at Modern Woodmen Park on Wednesday night. The Rattlers committed four errors, were outhit 9-6, and struck out eleven times, but managed to start their 13-game road trip with a victory over their division rivals.

Wisconsin (29-17) grabbed a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the second. Nick Ramirez started the inning with double and took third on an infield grounder. Parker Berberet's tough high bounding grounder was ruled an error on the shortstop and Ramirez scored. Yadiel Rivera was next and he smacked a 1-2 pitch inside the third base bag. Berberet hustled home with the second run of the inning.

Quad Cities (21-24) tied the game with single runs in the second and third innings. Juan Castillo started the second with a double. He took third on a single by Roberto De La Cruz and scored when the ball was kicked around in the outfield. In the third inning, Castillo drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly to right.

Chadwin Stang put the Rattlers back in front with a two-run single with the bases loaded in the top of the fourth inning.

Rattlers starting pitcher Matt Miller bounced back from a shaky start. Miller allowed four hits in the second inning and seven hits through the first two hitters of the top of the fourth. His defense bailed him out with three outfield assists in the first 3-1/3 innings. Then, Miller took over. The right-hander retired the last eleven batters he faced in the game. Miller finished his night after the seventh inning. He struck out four and walked one and left with a 4-2 lead.

The Rattlers picked up an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning. Ramirez doubled to start the frame. Pinch runner Max Walla would take over for Ramirez and eventually score on a sacrifice fly by Berberet.

The Bandits rallied in the eighth against Tommy Toledo with an unearned run. Luis Mateo reached on a dropped fly ball to left. Matt Williams was next and his double to right scored Mateo to make the score 5-3.

Seth Harvey took over for the bottom of the ninth and struck out the first batter he faced. Harvey walked Virgil Hill and Hill would take second base on defensive indifference. David Medina followed with a single to right and Hill ran through the stop sign at third to score the run. Walla committed an error on the play and Medina took second base with the tying run.

Harvey increased the degree of difficulty on the save by throwing a wild pitch on the first pitch to Roberto Reyes to allow pinch runner Casey Rasmus to take third with the tying run. Harvey walked Reyes on four pitches and the winning run was aboard.

Harvey bounced back to strike out Mateo on three pitches, but the final out was a doozy.

Williams hit a high bouncer in front of the mound. Harvey bobbled the ball momentarily and threw high to first. Jason Rogers made a leaping catch, dropped the tag on Williams, and held on to the baseball after a collision to record the final out.

Game two of the series is set for Thursday night at Modern Woodmen Park. Drew Gagnon (3-1, 2.36) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin. Sam Gaviglio (2-3, 5.11) is set to start for the River Bandits. Game time is 7:00pm.

Tune in for the action on AM1280, WNAM or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame show at 6:40pm.

WP: Matt Miller (3-4)
LP: Kyle Hald (0-3)
SAVE: Seth Harvey (9)

TIME: 2:46
ATTN: 2,034

Wisconsin Box Score
Matt Miller's night covered above. Tommy Toledo had his scoreless streak ended, sort of, what's the official ruling on unearned runs as streak stoppers? Seth Harvey struggled a bit in the 9th but held on, he's given up runs in consecutive outings.

Nick Ramirez was 2-4 with 2 doubles and Yadiel Rivera went 2-3 with a double. As Chris mentioned the defense was horrible, Rivera committed his 5th error (fielding), Ben McMahan had 2 errors (both fielding), and Max Walla had his 3rd (fielding). In addition the T-Rats were 0-4 stopping base stealers in the contest. Jason Rogers stole his 5th base and Chadwin Stang had another OF assist to round out the evening.

Wisconsin Play By Play

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Posted: May 24, 2012, 12:07 AM Post
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Final: Huntsville 4, Birmingham 2

Barons fall to Stars 4-2, lose fifth straight

The Birmingham Barons dropped their fifth-straight game Wednesday night, falling 4-2 to the Huntsville Stars in front of fans at Joe Davis Municipal Stadium.

Both teams were held scoreless through the first three innings as Barons starter Cameron Bayne (4-3, 4.80) retired the first ten batters. However, he ran into trouble in the fourth as the Stars put runners at first and second for Hunter Morris. Morris would put Huntsville up 3-0 with a three run shot to right, his third of the season.

The Barons were held scoreless until the eighth inning when the Barons led off the inning with three-straight hits. Seth Loman started the rally with a double, went to third on a Corey Smith single and scored on a Damaso Espino base hit. Jared Mitchell sacrificed the runners over with bunt and Erik Morrison brought home Smith with an RBI groundout closing the lead to 3-2.

Bayne allowed just one hit outside of the fourth inning before surrendering back-to-back hits to lead off the eighth. A dropped fly ball by Jared Mitchell in centerfield allowed Kentrail Davis to score from third. Brandon Kloess relieved Bayne and struck out the final two Stars hitters in order to prevent further damage. Bayne allowed four runs on six hits in 7.1 innings.

The Barons were unable to mount a rally in the ninth, falling to 22-25 on the year. The win went to Evan Anundsen (3-1, 2.55) while Bayne picked up his third loss of the season. Darren Byrd tossed a perfect ninth for his third save of the season and second in two games against the Barons.

The heart of the Barons lineup, consisting of Loman, Smith, Espino and Mitchell finished with all nine of the Barons hits on the night, going a combined 9-for-14. Mitchell finished with three hits on the night, all singles, going 3-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt.

The Barons will look to snap their five-game losing skid tomorrow night as RHP Nestor Molina (3-3, 4.96) takes the hill against Tyler Thornburg (5-0, 2.21). First pitch is scheduled for 6:43 PM CDT.

Huntsville Box Score
I've been sick all night so I'll keep this short. Somehow Evan Anundsen gave up 5H and 4BB in 5IP but didn't allow a run. Santo Manzanillo made a triumphant return pitching a scoreless inning, Mitch Stetter pitched a scoreless inning, Dan Meadows was beat around pretty good giving up 2 runs in his one third of an inning, and Darren Byrd closed out the final 1.2 innings.

No Stars had multiple hits though Hunter Morris had the game winning HR mentioned above and Kentrail Davis doubled. Josh Prince was picked off of 2B, Anderson De La Rosa committed his 4th error (throwing), but Anundsen also picked off a base runner of his own.

Huntsville Play By Play

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Posted: May 24, 2012, 12:55 AM Post
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Wow. When you come into a season with as many potential stud pitchers in the minors, you seem to inevitably end up disappointed as a number of them will struggle, go on the DL, or have a long term injury....

This year it just seems like the guys we hoped would pitch well are pitching exceptionally well.....and a number of guys you didn't expect much from(not sure who thought Nelson would be hitting 98 and dominating this year) are breaking out.


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Posted: May 24, 2012, 4:03 AM Post
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Video report (on right of screen) matching the article linked here:

Huntsville: Mayor Battle vs. Mayor Morris


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Introducing the Chaos Meter!

Don't go anywhere until you're read Chris' Rattler Radio Nine After Nine


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Posted: May 24, 2012, 4:09 AM Post
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In the last five games (contests 41-45 this season), the Manatees have raised their team batting average 17 points, from .219 to .236.

You math-heady fans must realize how crazy difficult that is to do.

Keep it up, men!


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Nice mention of Jimmy Nelson at BP here.


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Sounds Use 'Extra' Effort To Defeat Las Vegas, 5-3
Conrad Extends Hit Streak To 13 Games With Another Homer For Nashville
Nashville Sounds

LAS VEGAS - Sean Halton and Brooks Conrad homered and Jordan Brown drove in a pair of runs to lead the Nashville Sounds to a 5-3 victory over the Las Vegas 51s on Wednesday evening at Cashman Field.

Six of Nashville's seven hits in the game went for extra bases as the Sounds (17-28) snapped a two-game skid and brought an end to the 51s' four-game winning streak.

Las Vegas took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Left fielder Danny Perales led off with a double to center off Sounds starter Claudio Vargas, was sacrificed to third by Chris Woodward, and scored the night's first run on a Ruben Gotay sacrifice fly.

Halton evened the contest at 1-1 when he belted the first pitch of the fourth inning over the center field wall for his third home run of the season (audio). The solo blast came against 51s starter Robert Coello.

The 51s pulled back in front in the fifth against Nashville reliever Donovan Hand. Adeiny Hechavarria singled with one out and moved to second when Adam Lind walked before giving the home team a 2-1 lead when he raced to the plate on Moises Sierra's two-out double to right. Lind was thrown out at the plate on the play following a relay from Corey Patterson to Hainley Statia to catcher Martin Maldonado to keep it to a one-run deficit.

Nashville grabbed its first lead of the night in the top of the sixth with a two-out rally against 51s reliever Tim Redding, using three straight doubles to pulled ahead by a 3-2 margin.

After Halton grounded into a double play to erase Conrad, who had drawn a leadoff walk in the frame, Patterson worked a nine-pitch at-bat against Redding and fouled off three two-strike offerings before doubling to right to get things started. Brown followed with a game-tying two-bagger to left before scoring the go-ahead run on the very next pitch as Eric Farris also ripped an RBI double to left (audio).

The Sounds extended the lead to 5-2 in the top of the eighth inning. Conrad extended his hitting streak to 13 games when he greeted new Las Vegas reliever Bobby Korecky with a homer, crushing the right-hander's 1-0 offering over the left-center wall for his team-leading seventh roundtripper of the year (audio). Conrad has homered in five of his last six contests and recorded an extra-base knock in seven straight games for Nashville.

Nashville tacked on a second run in the frame when Patterson tripled to center and scored on Jordan Brown's one-out RBI single.

Lind got a run back for the 51s in the bottom of the frame as he greeted Sounds reliever Vinnie Chulk with his second longball in two nights against the Sounds, a solo shot to right that brought the score to its final 5-3 count.

Hand (1-0) picked up his first win of the year for Nashville with a solid relief effort behind Vargas. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits while fanning three batters in four innings of work, matching the longest outing by a Sounds reliever this season.

In his second start for the Sounds, Vargas worked three-plus innings, allowing one run on four hits while walking two batters and striking out three. He tossed 62 pitches in the outing.

Mike McClendon worked around a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth to close out the contest with a scoreless frame and earn his fourth save of the campaign.

Redding (0-4) was saddled with the loss for Las Vegas after allowing two runs in his lone frame of work and being charged with a blown save.

The teams conclude the series with a 9:05 p.m. CT finale on Thursday night. Right-hander Mike Fiers (1-3, 4.13) will make the start for Nashville to face Las Vegas left-hander Aaron Laffey (2-5, 5.04).


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STARS ROLL TO SECOND STRAIGHT WIN

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- A night after snapping a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory, the Huntsville Stars beat the Birmingham Barons for the second straight game by a score of 4-2 at Joe Davis Stadium on Wednesday night.

The game was a pitchers duel between Stars starter Evan Anundsen and Barons starter Cameron Bayne until the fourth inning. With the game scoreless and Bayne sending down the first 10 straight he faced to begin the game, shortstop Tommy Manzella and second basemen Scooter Gennett both singled to bring up Hunter Morris. Fortunately for the Stars, the Brewers Minor League Player of the Month for April changed the game with one swing of the bat, crushing a three-run home run well over the left field wall to give Huntsville a 3-0 lead.

Neither team added to the score until the eighth inning when the Barons were able to make the game a bit interesting. A double by first baseman Corey Smith and a single by designated hitter Seth Loman off of Stars reliever Dan Meadows began the inning. Catcher Damaso Espino followed up with a RBI single to put the Barons on the board. A RBI groundout off the bat of third baseman Erik Morrison off of Stars RHP Darren Byrd cut the Stars lead to 3-2.

The Stars were able to tack on an insurance run in the eighth as the Barons center fielder dropped a fly ball to allow Huntsville right fielder Kentrail Davis to score from third base. Byrd was able to shut the Barons down in order in the ninth for his third save of the season.

On the pitching side, Anundsen improved to 3-1 on the season as he shut out the Barons bats through five innings, giving up just five hits while striking out two. For Byrd, the save was his second in as many games. The 25-year-old also hasn’t given up an earned run in his last six appearances.

Game three of a five-game series will begin on Thursday as the Stars will send RHP Tyler Thornburg (5-0, 2.21 ERA) to the mound to face off against Barons RHP Nestor Molina (3-3, 4.96 ERA). First pitch is at 6:43 CT.


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VIDEO: Hunter Morris' HR


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