April 15, 2009 Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Fort Wayne TinCaps remained perfect on the season with their second straight comeback victory over the Timber Rattlers. Wisconsin had a 2-0 lead after single runs in the second and third innings. But, Fort Wayne scored a pair of runs in the fourth and one in the sixth for a 3-2 lead. The TinCaps won by that same score to start the season 5-0.

SMALL BALL: The Rattlers scored both of their runs in a similar fashion. In the second inning, Juan Sanchez doubled to start the frame, went to third on a grounder, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Shawn Zarraga. In the third, Cutter Dykstra singled and went to second on a throwing error to start the inning. He went to third on a grounder and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett Lawrie.

BIG BALL: Wisconsin starting pitcher Michael Bowman held a 2-0 lead with two outs and none on in the top of the fourth inning. He would walk James Darnell and give up a two-run homer to Adam Zornes before the end of the frame and the game was tied.

#1 FOR ZORNES: That home run was the first pro homer for Zornes.

TRIPLE FOR THE LEAD: In the sixth inning, Allan Dykstra walked and scored on a triple to rightcenter by Darnell. That gave the TinCaps the lead.

HIGH WATT-AGE: Fort Wayne reliever Michael Watt entered the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. He would retire all nine batters he faced. Watt struck out seven in his three innings.

WALK HARD: Four Timber Rattler pitchers combined to walk seven Fort Wayne batters. Wisconsin has issued 27 free passes, the most in the Midwest League so far this season.

THREE-FOR-THREE: TinCap closer Brad Brach pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his third save of the season. He leads the Midwest League in that category.

END OF THE LINE: Erik Miller went 0-for-3 for the Rattlers and saw his season opening hitting streak end at four games.

TURNING TWO: Wisconsin turned two more double plays last night. They have 10 on the season.

FORT WAYNE STARTING PITCHER: RH Anthony Bass was the 5th round pick of the Padres out of Wayne State University in the 2008 draft. Bass went 21-9 with a save and an ERA of 3.17 in his career at Wright State. That included a junior season in which he was 10-3 with a 2.10ERA and 100 strikeouts in 85-2/3 innings to be named GLIAC Pitcher of the Year. Bass pitched solely in relief for the Eugene Emeralds after signing with the Padres. He went 2-2 with seven saves and a 2.10 ERA in 25 appearances for the Northwest League affiliate of San Diego. In his Midwest League debut, Bass tossed six shutout innings against the Lansing Lugnuts on April 9 for the season opening game. Bass allowed three hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out four. Bass is making his first appearance against the Timber Rattlers and against an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

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