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Timber Rattlers Review - Brewers Prospects, In-Depth Game Recaps & Minor League Surprises!Jun 04, 2023
A Winning Farewell to 2023
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers won their 2023 season finale 8-5 over the Cedar Rapids Kernels on September 10. Wisconsin finished with twelve wins in their final fourteen games, but just missed out on the playoffs.
Mehring and Kyle Lobner get right to manager Joe Ayrault's comments on Aaron Ashby, Edwin Jimenez, Terence Doston, Ben Metzinger, and many many more.
Thank you for listening this season. We may have some surprise podcasts during the offseason to prepare you for the 2024 season.
Here's What Brown Can Do for You!
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers scored twice in the bottom of the ninth ininng to beat the Cedar Rapids Kernels 2-1 on Friday, September 8, 2023. It was Eric Brown Jr, who tied the game with a two-out, RBI single, stole second, went to third on an error, and scored the winning run on a balk!
Mehring & Kyle Lobner reacap the madness and Joe Ayrault pops in with his comments on Brown, the performance by starting pitcher Alexander Cornielle, and several others who helped the Rattlers to their fifth walkoff win of the season.
Back in the Win Column
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers beat the Cedar Rapids Kernels 11-6 on September 7, 2023 with thirteen hits behind some fine offensive performances.
Mehring and Kyle Lobner discuss the game, the end of the playoff chase, and the future.
Manager Joe Ayrault joins the discussion with his thoughts on some of the individuals and the Carolina Mudcats making the playoffs for the first time since 2008!
Rainy Days & Kernels Always Get Me Down
The Timber Rattlers lost 4-1 to the Cedar Rapids Kernels on September 6 at home. The loss put the Rattlers on the verge of elimination in the playoff race.
In this edition of the Postgame Podcast, manager Joe Ayrault shares his thoughts on Aaron Ashby's rehab start and news on Mike Boeve and Jheremy Vargas with Mehring and Kyle Lobner. There is also discussion of the team's play during the recent eight-game winning streak, the play of Brock Wilken, and more.
After Two They Went
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers scored nine runs after there were two outs and rallied to defeat the Quad Cities River Bandits 9-4 at home on August 27. Mehring and Kyle Lobner recap the Wisconsin wins from Saturday and Sunday with a few neat data points. Manager Joe Ayrault has a few comments from the clubhouse to add as well.
Hot Town Summer in the City
Wednesday, August 23 was a scorcher at Neuroscience Group Field and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers warmed up late with five runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Quad Cities River Bandits 10-6. Mehring and Kyle Lobner discuss some of the key moments and spotlight some big performances. Acting manager David Tufo has his thoughts on the game and the week so far, too.
The Postgame Podcast is back for the final game of the series between the Dayton Dragons and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The Rattlers won the final game of the series 3-1 for a split in the series with another great pitching performance from Edwin Jimenez.
Mehring and Kyle Lobner have a lot to discuss, like the fast start from the offense and the home debuts of Brock Wilken and Mike Boeve. Manager Joe Ayrault shares his thoughts, too.
Debuting Brock at Home
There was a lot going on at Neuroscience Group Field for game one of the series between the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Dayton Dragons on August 8, 2023.
Brock Wilken, the #1 pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2023 draft, met the local media prior to the game and you can hear it here.
Mehring and Kyle Lobner discuss the big first inning, how the Rattlers held on for the 6-4 win, and an update on the playoff picture with 29 games left in the season.
Joe Ayrault also has some thoughts on Wilken and on the win.
A Gem from Jimenez
Edwin Jimenez gave the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers exactly what they needed on Sunday, July 30, 2023. Jimenez took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and struck out ten over 7-1/3 scoreless innings as the Rattlers beat the Cedar Rapids Kernels 4-0.
Mehring & Kyle Lobner talk about the performance and reveal the last time a Rattlers starter went into the eighth inning...with a few fun qualifiers.
Jimenez shares how he is feeling and his thoughts on the day. Manager Joe Ayrault also chimes in from the clubhouse to let you know he had to make a call to make sure it was okay to send Jimenez back out for the eighth.
Moore! Moore! Moore!
Brandon Woodruff made a rehab start for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Robert Moore stole the show on July 27, 2023. Moore, who hit a 400' homer in the third inning added two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the Timber Rattlers a 4-3 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels and sent all the Rattlers fans home happy.
Mehring and Kyle Lobner have a few key points to discuss, including Woodruff's four inning rehab appearance and Moore's big night.
Hear Woodruff's session with the local media and comments from Moore and Joe Ayrault from the clubhouse.
Comeback Cracks Kernels
Mehring and Kyle Lobner, in their first podcast since July 9, have a lot to talk about as the Rattlers never gave up and never surrendered.
Reliever Shane Smith and manager Joe Ayrault share their thoughts on the comeback win, too.
Into the Break on a High Note
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers closed out the pre-All-Star Break schedule with a dramatic 6-3 win over the Beloit Sky Carp at home on July 9. Ben Metzinger played the hero with a tie-breaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning and Mehring & Kyle Lobner discuss the blast, the bullpen, and the call that got Joe Ayrault ejected in the sixth inning.
Metzinger and Ayrault join the discussion from the clubhouse before everyone disperses for the next few days.
See the video highlights of Sunday's game at this link!
Mining for Positives
Mehring and Kyle Lobner have some positives to discuss like Jose Acosta's three-hit night, Ernesto Martinez Jr's hitting streak, and Robert Moore's hitting & on-base streaks.
Manager Joe Ayrault joins the podcast from the clubhouse to add his thoughts and share a story about meeting a Make-A-Wish kid during the game.
Heartbreaker with a Flock of Geese
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers let one get away from them on July 6 in an 8-6, twelve inning loss to the Beloit Sky Carp. Mehring and Kyle Lobner find the bright spots and go over the turning points. Manager Joe Ayrault joins the podcast with his thoughts, an update on Eduardo Garcia, and his prep work for tomorrow's game four.
Nine RBI for Number Nine
Alex Hall had a record-setting night for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on July 5, 2023. The Rattlers beat the Beloit Sky Carp 14-5 and Hall had nine RBI for Wisconsin.
Mehring and Kyle Lobner talk about Hall's night, the performance of Stiven Cruz, the return of Miguel Guerrero, and many, many other things.
Then, Hall and Joe Ayrault join the podcast with their clubhouse comments.
Going Fourth to Victory
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers returned home from Quad Cities to beat the Beloit Sky Carp 3-1 on July 4, 2023. Mehring & Kyle talk about the individual performances and some of the cool things that happend as the Rattlers beat their in-state Rivals.
Joe Ayrault joined the conversation to talk about Ernesto Martinez, Darrien Miller, and those awesome Patrtiotic jerseys worn by the team during the game.
If you would like to bid on one of the jerseys, click this link and get in your bid before the auction ends on Sunday, July 9.
The Dairy Dozen
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers beat the Lansing Lugnuts 8-5 on Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday to put a bow on Udder Tuggers Weekend. Mehring and Kyle Lobner have a lot to discuss including Joe Gray Jr's weekend, the work by the offense, the amazing crowds, and plenty of notes.
The postgame comments from the Clubhouse are from Jacob Misiorowski on his day and his first homestand as a Rattler; manager Joe Ayrault talks about the weekend and breaks some news about reliever Luis Amaya; and Gray also steps in to talk about his play and some other fun stuff.
Wisconsin hits the road on Wednesday for a series with Quad Cities. They will return home on Independence Day evening against their in-state rivals, the Beloit Sky Carp!
The Return of the Udder Tuggers
The most popular promotional weekend of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers season started on June 22, 2023 as the Wisconsin Udder Tuggers took the field. The Lansing Lugnuts spoiled the party with a 4-3 win in front ot 4,649 fans for the final game of the first half.
Mehring and Kyle Lobner discuss the game, the promotion and a few other things before manager Joe Ayrault joins the conversation to talk about getting Eric Brown Jr back in the lineup for the first time since June 3, the performances of Stiven Cruz, Darrien Miller, and Ernesto Martinez, a few of the plays that were turning points, and a look ahead to the second half of the season, which happens to start on Friday night.
The episode wraps with kudos to David Hamilton, a former Timber Rattler, who made his MLB debut with the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.
For those wondering, that's 155 former Rattlers to make "The Show" since 1995.
Splitting the First Two with Lansing
The Timber Rattlers Review Postgame Podcast returns after the long road trip to Michigan! Mehring and Kyle Lobner get to talk about the first two games of the series at home with...another team from Michigan!
Other topics include:
Eric Brown Jr. coaching first base
Kyle's latest T-Rat Talk with David Tufo
Acting Manager David Tufo on Wednesday's game
How Mehring found out Taylor Floyd was traded
Series Finale with Peoria
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers lost 6-5 in ten innings to the Peoria Chiefs at home on June 4. There were a series of near misses by the Timber Rattlers due to defense and fortunate bounces for the Chiefs to deny the Rattlers the win. Mehring and Kyle Lobner chornicle those plus discuss Willy Adames's day along with performances the starting pitchers, Je'Von Ward, and a few other things.
Manager Joe Ayrault joins the podcast with updates on Adames after his rehab assignment, a brief update on Eric Brown Jr, and thoughts about Alexander Cornielle, and others.
Let's Run the Bases
Joe Gray Jr. joins the podcast from the clubhouse to talk approaches, momentum, and running the bases with the kids after the postgame fireworks.
Joe Ayrault talks about the pitching, the game, if he has gone down the slide, and a sudden appearance from Matt Erickson in the dugout.
A Night at the Ballpark
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers brief winning streak came to an end on Thursday night with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Peoria Chiefs. There was still plenty for Mehring and Kyle Lobner to talk about in the Postgame Podcast.
Manager Joe Ayrault adds his thoughts on the performances of his pitchers, what happened to Eduarqui Fernandez, and additional comments on Terence Doston and Eduardo Garcia.
One Day at a Time
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have opened their series against the Peoria Chiefs with a pair of comeback wins. The Rattlers won 8-7 in ten innings on May 30 and 5-2 on May 31. Mehring and Kyle Lobner hit the highspots of the last two games before getting back to the clubhouse with comments from Eric Brown Jr and Joe Ayrault.
Brown talks about what adjustments he made from a rough April to turn things around in May, plus how much fun he is having getting on base in this series.
Ayrault has thoughts on the pitching of Edwin Jimenez and Max Lazar on Wednesday, what Terence Doston and Eduardo Garcia bring to the table, and what he likes about this team after two months of the season.
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers dropped a 5-4 decision to the Quad Cities River Bandits on May 20, 2023. This was the third game in a row in which the Timber Rattlers got the tying or winning run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, but fell just short in their comeback attempt.
In this episode, Mehring & Kyle Lobner discuss the three games since our last podcast and the performances by the bullpen on Friday and Saturday. Manager Joe Ayrault joins the podcast and gives credit to the infield defense by the team in Saturday's game.
A Battle with the Bandits
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers dropped a 9-5 decision to the Quad Cities River Bandits on May 17, 2023. Mehring & Kyle Lobner talk about the game and bring on Joe Ayrault to discuss a few positive like:
Robert Moore with two doubles and two RBI
Terence Doston making things happen
Matt Wood's first RBI as a Rattler
Alert Enforcement of a new rule
Extra Effort on Mother's Day
The Timber Rattlers winning streak ended with a 2-1 loss in eleven innings to the South Bend Cubs on Mother's Day.
Mehring & Kyle Lobner have lost to discuss, including:
Cameron Wagoner's rebound performance on the mound as the Wisconsin starting pitcher
Eric Brown Jr's on-base streak and stolen bases
How hard did Ernesto Martinez Jr hit his single today?
Kyle's upcoming T-Rat Talk
Where did Mehring's Drink Go?
We're Goin' Streakin'
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers made it three wins in a row over the South Bend Cubs with a 4-2 win at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium on May 13.
Mehring and Kyle Lobner discuss Saturday's win and have a few words about the 10-6 win on Friday night.
There are also clubhouse comments from:
Joseph Hernandez (Winning pitcher, 5IP, 2R, ER, 5K)
Ben Metzinger (3-for-5, 2RBI, RUN)
Manager Joe Ayrault on Edwin Jimenez with three perfect innings and Terence Doston not bunting in the eighth
Plus, stick around to find out the exit velocity on Ernesto Martinez Jr's double in the eighth inning. Take a guess...You'll probably be wrong.
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers beat the South Bend Cubs 3-1 on May 11, 2023 to end their eight-game losing streak. Mehring & Kyle Lobner discuss the victory and the key moments within the game.
There are also comments from the clubhouse with:
Russell Smith - Two perfect innings with five strikeouts and the win
Eduarqui Fernandez - 2-for-3 with the go-ahead, three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh
Joe Ayrault - manager and good vibes
The highlights of this win are at the Timber Rattlers YouTube Channel.
What an Odd Game
The Postgame Podcast is back after a trip to Peoria and a night off on Tuesday. Mehring and Kyle Lobner have a lot to discuss after a 10-6 loss to the South Bend Cubs at home on May 10.
Eric Brown Jr homered and reached base three times. Je'Von Ward and Ben Metzinger also homered in the game. Plus, some of the other performances by the Rattlers players.
They try to figure out a call..and try to figure out Joe Ayrault's explanation of the call, too. Plus, the Timber Rattlers manager has a few comments from the clubhouse, especially on the defense of his catchers.
Finding Victory Lane
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the tenth inning to defeat the Beloit Sky Carp 4-3 on Saturday, April 29. The win ended Wisconsin's five-game losing streak and was their first walkoff win of the season.
Mehring & Kyle Lobner have a quick recap of the game before getting to lots of audio.
Brewers reliever Gus Varland met the media before Saturday's game.
Joe Gray Jr, who had two RBI, including a walkoff sacrifice fly in the tenth, talks about the win and somehow escaping the ice water bath celebration.
Manager Joe Ayrault also has thoughts on the victory some of the individual performances & turning points.
Looking for the Big Hit
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers lost 6-4 to the Beloit Sky Carp on Thursday, April 27 at home. The team put a scare into the team with the best record in the Midwest League by scoring two runs in the ninth inning and bringing the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with only one out. However, the Rattlers were missing that one big hit in the game and lost their fourth game in a row.
In this Postgame Podcast, Mehring & Kyle Lobner discuss a lot including:
- Another strong performance by starting pitcher Stiven Cruz
- The big nights of Ernesto Martinez Jr and Jose Acosta
- Gus Varland gets a case of déjà vu on the second pitch of his rehab appearance
Additionally, Varland was interviewed before the game today and gives an update on his status, talks a little about coming back to Wisconsin, and raves about the new home clubhouse of the Rattlers.
Taking on the Top Team
The Timber Rattlers took a 7-4 loss to the Beloit Sky Carp on Wednesday afternoon at home. The news from the game was Eric Brown Jr leaving the game after being hit by a pitch in the first inning. Mehring & Kyle Lobner get right to what you want to know and have immediate comments from manager Joe Ayrault with the update on Brown and his other impressions of the game.
Other topics included by the hosts:
The performances by Joe Gray Jr, Max Lazar, & Jose Acosta from Wednesday
A great catch by Je'Von Ward
Brown's five times on base on Tuesday night
Pitching performances by Joseph Hernandez and Taylor Floyd from Tuesday
A plug for Kyle's T-Rat Talk about Tyler Woessner on the Rattlers website.
Hitting Homers, Getting Strikeouts, Winning Series
- Alex Hall, who hit two homers in the game and played left field
- Tyler Woessner, who had eight strikeouts for his second win of the series
- Manager Joe Ayrault, who has some thoughts on the game and the Brewers Sunday Jerseys
Plus, Mehring & Kyle Lobner discuss the things like exit velocity on a few transactions, Ernesto Martinez being hit by a pitch, Ben Metzinger drawing two walks in a game...again, and Darrien Miller's day behind the plate.
Rattlers Make it Two Wins in a Row
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have won two straight games since our last podcast. The Rattlers won 5-3 on Friday night (4/14) and 6-3 on Saturday afternoon (4/15) over the Peoria Chiefs.
In this episode Mehring and Kyle Lobner discuss the pitching from Cameron Wagoner & Stiven Cruz, the timely hitting, and the excellent defense from the last two games. Plus, Darrien Miller, who had a two-run double in the first inning on Saturday and had a great view of Cruz's performance on Saturday, answers a few questions. Manager Joe Ayrault joins the fun with his thoughts on the game and a moment of suspense on his thoughts about the Brewers Sunday jerseys the team will wear on Sunday.
Tough Night for the Timber Rattlers
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers dropped a 4-3 decision to the Peoria Chiefs on Thursday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.
In tonight's Postgame Podcast, Mehring & Kyle Lobner discuss the performances and the highlights. Manager Joe Ayrault joins the programs with his thoughts on the game, an update on Hendry Mendez, and everything that he is looking forward to for game four of the series on Friday night!
Review of the First Two at Home for 2023
Welcome to the first Postgame Podcast of 2023 on Timber Rattlers Review. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have split their first two home games of the 2023 season in some great weather. Wisconsin beat the Peoria Chiefs 8-3 on April 11, but lost 7-6 to the Chiefs on April 12. Timber Rattlers manager Joe Ayrault chats with Mehring and Kyle Lobner about the games and some of the players who have stood out in the first five games of the season.
It's going to be a fun season, fans. We can't wait to have you along for more of these as the season continues.
Spring Training Interview with Brewers Farm Director Tom Flanagan
Tom Flanagan, the Vice President - Player Operations and Baseball Administration for the Milwaukee Brewers, sat down with Chris Mehring at American Family Fields of Phoenix on Thursday, March 23 to cover a lot of ground for the upcoming baseball season.
There is a discussion about the Brewers system as a whole, the Timber Rattlers in general, and the renovations happening at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.
Joe Ayrault 2023 Spring Training
Mehring is in Arizona this week as the Milwaukee Brewers Minor League players get ready for the season alongside the Major Leaguers. On March 21, he had an opportunity to interview manager Joe Ayrault on a variety of topics:
- New coaching staff in Wisconsin
- Standouts this spring
- World Baseball Classic
- Office Decorations in his new office
Plus, a little bit more.
The main takeaway here is that both Mehring and Joe can't wait for the start of the 2023 Timber Rattlers season!
Timber Rattlers Highlights from 2022
In this episode, Mehring has the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers highlights that were sent to the Brewers Radio Network to be played on their Sunday Pregame Shows. There are homers from Sal Frelick, Jackson Chourio & Joe Gray Jr; strikeouts by TJ Shook, Antoine Kelly, & Justin Jarvis; and some other great moments from the 2022 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers season.
Mehring is heading to Arizona for Spring Training soon and he will have interviews posted here along with a few flashbacks to guests on the broadcasts over the last few years.
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Udder Tugger Mania
This podcast originally aired between games of a doubleheader with the Beloit Snappers on June 7, 2019 as an interview with Wisconsin Timber Rattlers President Rob Zerjav as a way to talk with the boss about the creation of the Wisconsin Udder Tuggers identity. At the time, it would have been an understatement to say that Udder Tugger Mania has run wild since the name and logo and jerseys were unveiled on June 3. Rob goes over the genesis of the idea, the reaction, and a lot more about the Udder Tuggers.
It has been almost four years and the Udder Tuggers are still going strong! See some amazing new Udder Tuggers gear in the Snake Pit Team Store at this LINK!
I Have Never Seen Anything Like That in My Life (August 10 2018)
On August 10, 2018, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers beat the Burlington Bees on a three-run, walkoff strikeout. In this episode from after that game, Chris Mehring & Kyle Lobner discuss the most amazing rally of the season with the most amazing walkoff you will ever hear about on a podcast. Hear from Gabriel García and Matt Erickson in the clubhouse comments, too.
See the video of the play at this LINK.
The Story of a Timber Rattlers Comeback
On May 22, 2019, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers staged their biggest comeback since 2005. They trailed the Burlington Bees 9-1 heading into the top of the eighth inning. Wisconsin rallied with seven runs in the eighth and six runs in the eighth to win 14-9. This is the story of the comeback as told by the highlights and the comments by Matt Erickson, David Fry, Garbriel Garcia, Je'Von Ward, and Chad Whitmer.
2022 Exit Interviews Schierholz and Ayrault
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers pitching coach Will Schierholz and manger Joe Ayrault to shared their thoughts on the 2022 season in these interviews with Chris Mehring that were recorded during the last homestand of last year.
2022 Exit Interviews McGuff and Stanley
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers coaches Pat McGuff and Nick Stanley talked with Chris Mehring near the end of the last season about the players, the process, and some fun stuff that happened during the 2022 season.