April 26, 2009 Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Timber Rattlers lost 9-8 to the River Bandits. Quad Cities rallied from deficits of 5-2 and 8-6 for the victory. The loss ended Wisconsin’s four-game wining streak.

WALKED-OFF: The River Bandit were down 8-6 heading into the bottom of the eighth. Quad Cities scored a run on a double play in the eighth. They scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth for the win.

IN THE NINTH: Domnit Bolivar homered to tie the game with a leadoff the bottom of the ninth. Niko Vasquez drove in the winning run with a single after a single, a strikeout, and a walk.

THEY WON? Quad Cities was charged with five errors and stranded 13 runners in last night’s game.

GETTING OFFENSIVE: The Rattlers scored eight runs and banged out 10 hits last night. Over the last five games, the Rattlers have scored 31 runs and have tallied 46 hits.

MIGHT AS WELL JUMP: The Rattler team batting average has gone from .189 to .228 over the last five games.

YARD WORK: Brett Lawrie hit a two-out, three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning to put the Rattlers in front 8-6.

POWER SURGE: In 22 games during April of the 2008 season, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers hit three home runs. The Rattlers have hit three homers in the last three games. In 14 games during April of 2009, this Timber Rattler team has hit seven homers.

RATTLERS ELEVEN: Four Timber Rattler pitchers combined to walk 11 River Bandits last night. Wisconsin starter Michael Bowman walked four over five innings. Reliever Liam Ohlmann walked three in one inning. Brian Meadows gave out two free passes in one inning. Kris Dabrowiecki walked two of the 10 batters he faced.

ROUGH FIRST NIGHT: Dabrowiecki, a 2009 non-drafted free agent, made his professional debut last night. He gave up a triple to Vasquez and an RBI single to Chris Swauger in the eighth.

CLOSE SHAVES: Eight of Wisconsin’s games this season have been decided by one run. Five games have been decided in the last at bat with the Rattlers winning three of those games. Last night was the first walk-off win by an opponent of the Rattlers this season. Wisconsin has one walk-off victory this year.

2009 SERIES: The Rattlers swept a season opening series from Quad Cities at Time Warner Cable Field. The Rattlers won by scores of 2-1, 10-1, and 3-2. Wisconsin leads the season series 3-1.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .228 as a team. They have scored 56 runs (4.0/game) and hit seven home runs. The Bandits are hitting .234 as a team. They have scored 74 runs (5.3/game) and hit eight homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 3.92 while allowing a total of 61 runs (4.4/game). Quad Cities pitchers have a team ERA of 4.15 while allowing 70 runs (5.0/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 15 errors. The River Bandit defense has committed 27 errors. Wisconsin is 0-4 on the road this season. The River Bandits are 5-2 at Modern Woodmen Park this season.

QUAD CITIES STARTING PITCHER: RH Adam Veres was the 49th round selection of the Cardinals in the 2008 draft out of St. Petersburg Junior College in Florida. Veres split time between Johnson City (Appalachian League) and Batavia (New York-Penn League) last season. He went 2-2 in eight games (three starts) with a 2.38ERA and 32 strikeouts in 22-2/3 innings for Johnson City. He was promoted to Batavia and was 1-1 in six games (three starts) with a 4.35ERA and 26 strikeouts in 20-2/3 innings. Veres walked 14 in 43-1/3 innings. In his last appearance, Veres allowed one unearned run on three hits over 3-1/3 innings in a start at Beloit on April 21. Veres walked two and struck out five in a no decision. Veres made the Opening Night start at Time Warner Cable Field for his only appearance against the Rattlers. Veres allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out two over three scoreless innings for a no decision.

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