August 15, 2009: Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Timber Rattlers won 13-8 at Cedar Rapids for their third straight win. Brett Lawrie homered and drove in four runs for Wisconsin. Josh Prince went 3-for-6 with three runs scored. Brock Kjeldgaard and Corey Kemp both had two RBI.

TIED FOR THE LEAD: Lawrie and Brock Kjeldgaard are tied for the team lead in RBI. Both have 64 on the season.

BIG START: The Rattlers scored three times in the top of the first inning last night. It was the first time the Rattlers have scored that many runs in the first inning of a game since the first game of the second half. Wisconsin scored three runs in the bottom of the first against Peoria on June 25.

BIG INNING: The Rattlers scored five times in the top of the fourth inning last night. This matched their biggest inning of the season. The other time Wisconsin scored five runs in an inning was on May 31 at West Michigan with a five run fourth inning.

BIG TIME: The Rattlers reached double digits in runs for the second time in the series against the Kernels. Wisconsin has scored 10 or more runs three times in the month off August.

THREE IN A ROW: The Rattlers have won three straight games. The last time the Rattlers won three straight games was when they won the first three games of the second half.

SNAPPING A STREAK: Trey Watten pitched five innings and picked up the win. The victory ended a personal six-game losing streak for Watten. He allowed five runs on seven hits, walked five, and struck out two for his fifth win of the season.

PRINCE OF THE CITY: Prince singled twice, doubled once, scored three times, stole a base, and drove in a run for the Rattlers last night. He has reached base in all 11 games he has played with the Timber Rattlers.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Beloit Snappers are the Midwest League affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. They missed the playoffs in the first half of the season and are currently 20-28 in the second half of the season. Beloit is in seventh place of the Western Division and they are 1-1/2 games ahead of the Timber Rattlers. They trail division leading Peoria by 8-1/2 games and are 3-1/2 games behind Clinton for the WIl Card. The Snappers have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games.

SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers are 4-3 against the Snappers in 2009. Wisconsin took two out of three from the Snappers at Pohlman Field in late May. The teams split a four game series at Time Warner Cable Field in early June.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .239 as a team. They have scored 474 runs (4.0/game) and hit 55 home runs. The Snappers are hitting .254 as a team. They have scored 513 runs (4.3/game) and hit 58 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.36 while allowing a total of 584 runs (4.9/game). Beloit pitchers have a team ERA of 4.46 while allowing 612 runs (5.2/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 132 errors. The Snappers defense has committed 138 errors. Wisconsin is 32-28 at home this season. Beloit is 26-34 on the road in 2009.

PROSPECTING: Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook listed two member of the current Beloit roster on their top 30 list of Twins prospects. Outfielder Aaron Hick was rated as the #1 prospect in the Twins organization before the season. Fellow outfielder Angel Morales is rated as the #10 prospect in the Minnesota organization. Pitcher Shooter Hunt, who is currently on Beloit’s disabled list, is the #7 prospect.

OUT OF THE DRAFT 2009: The Snappers have two members of the 2009 Minnesota Twins draft class on their roster. Pitcher Billy Bullock was the second round pick out of the University of Florida. Pitcher Brad Stillings was the seventh round pick of the Twins out of Kent State.

ALL-STARS: The Snappers had one player make the Western Division squad for the Midwest League All-Star game in Clinton. Reliever Joe Testa was on the squad and has since been promoted in the Twins organization.

BELOIT STARTING PITCHER: LHP Daniel Osterbrock was the seventh round pick of the Twins in the 2008 draft out of the University of Cincinnati. Osterbrock’s first pro season was with Elizabethton last season and he was 7-2 with a 3.00ERA, eight walks, and 104 strikeouts in 75 innings pitched. He was an Appalachian League Post-season All-Star and the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year. Ostrerbrock is 5-9 with a 5.86ERA in 23 games (21 starts) for the Snappers this season. He has walked 27 and struck out 101 in 109 innings. In his start prior to tonight, Osterbrock won the second game of a doubleheader at Cedar Rapids on August 12. He allowed two runs on five hits and struck out 11 over five innings for the win. He made a relief appearance against the Clinton LumberKings on August 12 and pitched 1/3 of an inning and allowed a run on a hit and two walks with one strikeout. Osterbrock pitched in the second game of a doubleheader against the Timber Rattlers on June 7 and pitched a 7-inning complete game for the win. He gave up one run on four hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out six for the win.

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