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Link Report for Mon. 5/6 - Rattlers Breakfast, Sounds Lunch, Manatees Dinner

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Monday's Daily Menu:


All times are Central


Nashville: RHP Tyler Thornburg at Round Rock (Rangers), 11:45 AM pre-game, 12:05 PM gametime


Free Live Audio Link


Jeff Hem is the play-by-play voice of the Sounds; follow him on Twitter @jeffhempbp; we'll link to his blog updates at On the Air…and Off


MiLB.TV -- for subscribers; all Nashville games, home and away, will be available to watch via MiLB.TV's $39.99 season-long package ($9.99 to pay for a single month). The audio feed is from the home team. All MiLB.TV details available at the link.




Huntsville: Idle




Brevard County: RHP Drew Gagnon at home vs. Charlotte (Rays), 5:05 PM pre-game, 5:35 gametime


Free Live Audio Link -- Select the Brevard County feed from the MiLB main audio page


Manatees audio, hooray! Dave Walkovic is the first play-by-play voice of the 'Tees since 2007, he's joined by Andy Towne; follow the Brevard broadcast booth staff on Twitter @BCManateesRadio. All home games and many road games are scheduled to be broadcast. When road games are only available via the opponents' audio feed, we'll let you know that.




Wisconsin: RHP Eric Semmelhack at Great Lakes (Dodgers), 9:15 AM pre-game, 9:35 gametime


Free Live Audio Link - 1280 AM WNAM


Chris Mehring is back to do his customary fantastic work as the Voice of the Rattlers. Follow him on Twitter @CMehring; we'll link to Chris' infamous blog often -- Rattler Radio.


So for the $39.95 season-long package, fans in Brewer Nation can watch all Sounds games, Stars' road games from four Southern League locales, and all Timber Rattlers home games and some road games.


NOTE: 32 of the Rattlers' 70 home games will be broadcast on TV this season. Time Warner Cable SportsChannel has seventeen games scheduled and WACY-TV My NEW32 plans to show fifteen games. We'll let you know when, but won't be providing day-before DVR reminders, so regularly check for proper channel and time planning (scroll to the bottom of this link).

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Broadcast note: Great Lakes, like Wisconsin, is one of the few Midwest League clubs to offer MiLB.TV games, so Rattlers diehards, family, and friends can watch the Loons telecasts online in this series (remember, MiLB.TV games archive as well).
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Rattlers getting no-hit through six innings so far (This is my attempt to jinx it). Michael Reed has been the only baserunner after drawing a 4th inning walk.


*edit* - It worked! Michael Reed with a double to lead off the seventh.

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Wisconsin edges Loons 3-1 to earn sweep

Timber Rattlers end road trip on five-game winning streak

By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers


MIDLAND, MI - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers got the key hits they needed to defeat the Great Lakes Loons 3-1 on Monday at Dow Diamond. Tyrone Taylor and Michael Reed drove in the Wisconsin runs in the top of the eighth inning to send the Rattlers to their fifth straight win.


The contest was a pitchers' duel for most of the day.


Wisconsin (13-14) got their first base runner of the game against Loons starting pitcher Angel Sanchez in the top of the fourth inning. Michael Reed drew a one out walk and stole second. But, Sanchez struck out the next two batters to end the inning.


Great Lakes (12-18) had a one out double by Jesmuel Sanchez in the fourth and a leadoff single by Paul Hoenecke in the fifth inning against Rattlers starter Eric Semmelhack. Those were the only hits the Loons got off Semmelhack, who went six scoreless frames with a walk and four strikeouts.


Reed broke up the no-hit bid with a leadoff double in the top of the seventh inning, but Sanchez worked through the next three batters and stranded Reed at third base to keep the game scoreless.


Sanchez allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out eight over seven innings before turning the game over to the Great Lakes bullpen for the top of the eighth.


That was when the Timber Rattlers broke the scoreless tie.


Parker Berberet walked with one out and went to third on a two-out single by Orlando Arcia. Tyrone Taylor beat out a bunt single to score Berberet with the first run of the game. A wild pitch by Loons reliever Jonathan Martinez moved Arcia to third and Taylor to second. Reed smacked a single to center to drive in both runners and Wisconsin was up 3-0.


The Loons rallied against Preston Gainey in the bottom of the eighth. Jesus Valdez singled and Pat Stover doubled to give Great Lakes runners on second and third with no outs. Valentin got Valdez home and sent Stover to third. But, Gainey struck out James Baldwin and got Kevin Taylor to line out to left to end the inning and maintain a 3-1 lead.


Gainey would go on to work a scoreless ninth to finish off the sweep. Gainey picked up his first professional victory with his three innings of work.


The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are off on Tuesday. They return to action on Wednesday to begin a ten-game, nine-day homestand with a doubleheader against the Clinton LumberKings. The Timber Rattlers have Tyler Wagner (2-1, 3.13) and Mike Strong (0-0, 1.89) as their scheduled starting pitchers. Clinton has named Tyler Pike (1-2, 2.74) and Rusty Shellhorn (0-0, 3.00) as their scheduled starters. A pair of 7-inning games are planned for the twinbill with game one scheduled to begin at 5:05pm.


Wednesday is a Bang for Your Buck Night presented by WIXX. Fans may enjoy soda, hotdogs, and beer for $1.


If you can't make it out to the stadium, My NEW32's Sports Showdown will telecast the second game of the doubleheader.


Both games will be broadcast on AM1280, WNAM and timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 4:45pm. Both games will also be available to subscribers of MiLB.TV.


WP: Preston Gainey (1-3)

LP: Jonathan Martinez (0-2)


TIME: 2:16

ATTN: 4,762


Wisconsin Boxscore

Have a day Eric Semmelhack! This is exactly what I wanted to see when I sat down for lunch.


Last week I discussed a between game interview that Chris had done with Matt Erickson and one of the parts I skipped was some talk about how last year's team came together on a long road trip and played much better after that point. Here's hoping that same scenario plays out after this road trip, a 5 game winning streak and back within 1 game of .500.


Wisconsin Recap


It's rally time! The boys did a great job picking up McFarland.

Wisconsin Top of the 8th

  • Pitching Change: Jonathan Martinez replaces Angel Sanchez.
    Christopher McFarland singles on a ground ball to center fielder James Baldwin.
    With Parker Berberet batting, Jonathan Martinez picks off Christopher McFarland at 1st on throw to Jesus Valdez.
    Parker Berberet walks.
    Alfredo Rodriguez pops out to first baseman Jesus Valdez in foul territory.
    Orlando Arcia singles on a line drive to right fielder Jeremy Rathjen. Parker Berberet to 3rd.
    Tyrone Taylor singles on a bunt pop to pitcher Jonathan Martinez. Parker Berberet scores. Orlando Arcia to 2nd.
    With Michael Reed batting, wild pitch by Jonathan Martinez, Orlando Arcia to 3rd. Tyrone Taylor to 2nd.
    Michael Reed singles on a ground ball to center fielder James Baldwin. Orlando Arcia scores. Tyrone Taylor scores. Michael Reed advances to 2nd, on a fielding error by center fielder James Baldwin.
    Mitch Haniger strikes out swinging.

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

- Plato

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."

- Plato

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Another Cards RHP prospect Tyrell Jenkins, could their prospects at least stink when their big league team is sweeping us? It would be nice if the baseball gods gave us something...


Chiefs' Jenkins goes the distance

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

- Plato

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."

- Plato

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First, re-read Chris' Rattlers Radio Blog post about Victor Roache's screaming line drive HR Sunday.


MiLB.com has now posted video of the blast, which probably doesn't due it total justice, but is still impressive. Hard not to really like the power skillset from Roache.




More Rattlers video:


RHP Ryan Gibbard -- full strikeout sequence


Sunday Rattlers video -- from the Loons perspective, hey, it's their video feed....but a smidge of Rattlers positives.

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Looks like our behind-the-scenes suggesting (yes, I have the emails :)) has worked and now joining Brevard County's recent splash (and Nashville and Helena) on the audio interview and highlight trail is Alex and Huntsville, nice! Looking forward to linking future entries here.


Mix in Chris' awesome work (including full home game video/audio packages), and we're in really good shape!


On to Maryvale and the Dominican!

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Sounds Finish Road Trip With 9-5 Win

Blake Davis Goes 3-for-5 With Three RBIs; Three Others Homer

Nashville Sounds



Scooter Gennett & Blake Davis, archive photo (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)


AUDIO: Caleb Gindl 2-Run Triple

AUDIO: Khris Davis' Game-Tying HR

AUDIO: Sean Halton's Go-Ahead Homer

AUDIO: Blake Davis' Two-Run Double


ROUND ROCK, Texas - The Nashville Sounds avoided going winless on their eight-game road trip Monday at The Dell Diamond, rallying from four runs down to defeat the Round Rock Express, 9-5, in the nine-inning three-hour 46-minute series finale. The team concludes the road trip 1-7, snapping a nine-game losing skid with their first win on the road since April 13.


Trailing 4-3 heading into the 6th, the Sounds strung together four runs off of Round Rock reliever Lisalverto Bonilla (2-1). The action began with Khris Davis' second hit as a Sound: a home run to left field that tied the game. One batter later, outfielder Sean Halton knocked the Sounds third dinger of the day for the 5-4 advantage.


The Sounds added two more runs in the frame on Blake Davis' double down the left-field line, which scored Hainley Statia and Josh Prince, who both reached base on balls.


The initial rally took place in the inning prior, putting up three in the fifth, ignited by a home run from catcher Anderson De La Rosa. The shot to left field was De La Rosa's first of the season and first of his Triple-A career. All three homers were solo shots making 17 of Nashville's 20 homers this season solo affairs.


Later in the inning, Statia drew a walk to get on base and stole second before moving to third on Davis' infield single. Outfielder Caleb Gindl followed with a two-out two-run triple to pull the Sounds to within one.


Davis finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs and extended his season-best hit streak to five games. After driving in the Sounds eighth run with a single through the infield in the eighth inning and moving to second on the throw home, the 29-year-old scored the team's final run off the day on Gindl's single to left field. Gindl also finished with three RBIs.


Nashville starting pitcher Tyler Thornburg allowed the Express an early lead with a pair of runs in the first inning. Shortstop Jurickson Profar cracked a double to the wall in centerfield and came around on Chris McGuiness' double into left field. McGuiness crossed home plate via a Yangervis Solarte single.


After Thornburg issued two walks to lead off the fourth, designated hitter Alex Buchholz hit a double that rolled to the left-center field wall. Thornburg left in line for the loss, but benefitted from the Sounds comeback to finish with the no decision, fanning three and walking two over four innings of work in which he allowed four runs to Round Rock on six hits.


Travis Webb took the hill in the fifth inning for the Sounds and loaded the bases. The 28-year-old twirled a bases-loaded strikeout before Michael Olmsted (1-1) entered the game with two outs. Olmsted finished the frame by inducing Buchholz into a groundout. He stayed in to pitch the sixth and received the win for his efforts, giving up one unearned run and walking two.


Donovan Hand and Rob Wooten also got work out of the bullpen, combining for three hitless innings in which they walked three and struck out three.


In the sixth, Sounds Manager Mike Guerrero was ejected from the contest by home plate umpire Blake Davis after Round Rock scored on De La Rosa's throwing error in the sixth inning. The catcher tried to pickoff the runner at first with a snap throw down the line, but the ball got past Halton at first, letting in Round Rock's final run. Guerrero was arguing the call.


The Sounds begin a fresh eight-game homestand on Tuesday, May 7, as the Sounds host the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA-Giants) for four games before the Sacramento River Cats (AAA-A's) come to town.



Nashville Box

Jurickson Profar: 1-5, 2B, SB, E (throw)


Gindl has stayed hot, and today was his first game of the season in the 3-hole in the Sounds lineup -- he even added an OF assist. Every Nashville batter had a hit today except for Statia & Hunter Morris, who each walked twice. Nice to see Khrush Davis get back into the swing of things, quite literally, with his first HR of the 2013 campaign; the two walks aren't too shabby, either.


Prince: 2-5, 2B, BB

Davis: 3-5, 2B, 3 RBI, E (fielding)

Gindl: 2-5, 3B, 3 RBI, OF assist

Stephen Parker: 1-4, BB

Davis: 1-3, HR, RBI, 2 BB

Morris: 0-3, 2 BB

Halton: 1-5, HR, RBI

De La Rosa: 2-5, HR, RBI, E (pickoff), 0/2 CS

Statia: 0-3, 2 BB, SB


[pre]Thornburg: 4.0 IP 6 H 4 R 4 ER 2 BB 3 K 78 TP (53 strikes) 3:2 GO:FO

Webb: 0.2 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 2 BB 1 K HBP

Olmsted: 1.1 IP 0 H 1 R 0 ER 2 BB 0 K HBP

Hand: 2.0 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 2 BB 3 K

Wooten: 1.0 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 0 K[/pre]


Nashville PbP

The three-run 5th:


Nashville Top of the 5th

-Sean Halton pops out to second baseman Greg Miclat.

-Anderson De La Rosa homers (1) on a fly ball to left field.

-Hainley Statia walks.

-Josh Prince flies out to center fielder Engel Beltre.

-With Blake Davis batting, Hainley Statia steals (1) 2nd base.

-Blake Davis singles on a sharp line drive to second baseman Greg Miclat, deflected by pitcher Josh Lindblom. Hainley Statia to 3rd.

-Caleb Gindl triples (2) on a fly ball to right fielder Jim Adduci. Hainley Statia scores. Blake Davis scores.

-Stephen Parker flies out to center fielder Engel Beltre.


Four more runs in the next at-bat:


Nashville Top of the 6th

-Pitching Change: Lisalverto Bonilla replaces Josh Lindblom.

-Khris Davis homers (1) on a fly ball to left field.

-Hunter Morris flies out to center fielder Engel Beltre.

-Sean Halton homers (3) on a fly ball to left field.

-Anderson De La Rosa flies out to center fielder Engel Beltre.

-Hainley Statia walks.

-Josh Prince walks. Hainley Statia to 2nd.

-Blake Davis doubles (4) on a ground ball to left fielder Aaron Cunningham. Hainley Statia scores. Josh Prince scores.

-Caleb Gindl strikes out swinging.


Two in the 8th, and it certainly could've been more (thankfully no more were needed!):


Nashville Top of the 8th

-Anderson De La Rosa grounds out softly, pitcher Johan Yan to first baseman Chris McGuiness.

-Hainley Statia grounds out, first baseman Chris McGuiness to pitcher Johan Yan.

-Josh Prince doubles (2) on a ground ball to left fielder Aaron Cunningham.

-Blake Davis singles on a ground ball to right fielder Jim Adduci. Josh Prince scores. Blake Davis to 2nd on the throw.

-Caleb Gindl singles on a ground ball to left fielder Aaron Cunningham. Blake Davis scores.

-Stephen Parker walks. Caleb Gindl to 2nd.

-Khris Davis walks. Caleb Gindl to 3rd. Stephen Parker to 2nd.

-Hunter Morris strikes out swinging.



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