August 20, 2009: Game notes

LAST ACTION: The Timber Rattlers edged the Beloit Snappers 1-0 on Tuesday night. Dave Bush pitched three scoreless innings and did not allow a hit in a rehab start for the Timber Rattlers. Cody Scarpetta pitched six innings in relief and allowed two hits to pick up his fourth win of the season.

THE LONE WOLF: The Rattlers scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Josh Prince doubled to start the inning. Pete Fatse sacrificed Prince to third base. Brock Kjeldgaard singled in Prince to give Wisconsin a 1-0 lead.

THAT WAS ENOUGH: Bush gave up one walk and allowed one other base runner on a fielder’s choice in his three innings. He struck out four before reaching his pitch count. Scarpetta hit a batter, allowed another runner on a fielder’s choice, and gave up two hits while striking out six.

RED HOT IN AUGUST: Kjeldgaard’s single in the first inning extended his current hitting streak to eight games. He is 13-for-33 (.394) during this streak. This is the second eight-game hitting streak for Kjeldgaard in August. He has hit in 16 of 18 games this month. In August, he is 26-for-73 (.356) and has raised his average from .213 to .239.

ONE SLIGHT JAM: Scarpetta gave up a one out triple to Nate Hanson in the top of the seventh inning. He gout of the situation with a strikeout and a grounder to short.

YOUR NEW LEADER: Scarpetta’s six strikeouts gave him 108 on the season. He has taken over the team lead in that category from Wily Peralta, who has 106. Wisconsin has three pitchers over 100 strikeouts this season. Daniel Meadows, who has 101 strikeouts, is the other Rattlers hurler with over 100 Ks this season.

OLD HAT: Wisconsin has been involved in four 1-0 games this season. They are 3-1 in the 1-0 games this season. Scarpetta has been the pitcher of record in all four 1-0 games this season.

FIVE: Wisconsin pitchers have tossed five shutouts this season.

OUT OF THE CELLAR: With the win, their third straight, Wisconsin climbed out of eighth place in the Western Division. Wisconsin had been last in the West since a loss on August 5.

A NOTE ABOUT ATTENDANCE: The crowd of 5,359 for Tuesday’s Timber Rattlers game pushed the season attendance for Wisconsin to 219,471 for an average of 3,598. The franchise record for single season attendance is 233,797. If the Rattlers just draw their average attendance of the last 7 home games they will have a total attendance of 244,657.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Cedar Rapids Kernels are the Midwest League affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. They are in the Midwest League playoffs as the first half Western Division Wild Card after finishing the first half with a record of 40-30 and edging out Clinton for the spot with a tiebreaker. The Kernels are 28-24 in the second half.

SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers are 5-6 against the Kernels in 2009. Wisconsin went 2-6 against Cedar Rapids in the first half, including 1-3 in a four game series at Time Warner Cable Field in early June. The Rattlers took three out of four from the Kernels at Perfect Game Field August 11 through August 14 in the only series between these teams in the second half.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .240 as a team. They have scored 488 runs (4.0/game) and hit 57 home runs. The Kernel are hitting .254 as a team. They have scored 589 runs (4.8/game) and hit 57 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.25 while allowing a total of 591 runs (4.8/game). Cedar Rapids pitchers have a team ERA of 3.76 while allowing 518 runs (4.2/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 140 errors. The Kernels defense has committed 118 errors. Wisconsin is 35-29 at home this season. Cedar Rapids is 33-29 on the road in 2009.

PROSPECTING: Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook listed four players on the current Kernel roster on their list of top 30 Angel prospects. All four are pitchers. Tyler Chatwood is the highest rated at number 11. Will Smith (#12), Manuarys Correa (#19) and Ryan Chaffee (#21) are also on the list.

OUT OF THE DRAFT 2009: The Kernels have no players from the 2009 draft class of the Angels.

ALL-STARS: The Kernels had six players make the Western Division squad for the Midwest League All-Star game in Clinton. Alexi Amarista was the starting second baseman and Tyson Auer was a reserve outfielder. There were four Kernels pitchers to make the All-Star Game and they were: Mike Kohn, Manuel Flores, Tyler Chatwood, and Ryan Chafee. Only Flores and Kohn have moved on from the Midwest League. The other four players are still with Cedar Rapids.

CEDAR RAPIDS STARTING PITCHER: LHP Will Smith was a seventh round pick of the Angels in 2008 out of Gulf Coast Community College in Florida. He spent last season with the Orem Owlz in the Pioneer League and was 8-2 with a 3.06ERA over 16 games (14 starts). He struck out 76 and walked six in 73 innings for the Owlz. Smith is 8-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 16 games (15 starts) with the Kernels this season and has won four straight decisions. His last start was on July 12 against Dayton at Perfect Game Field and he picked up the win despite allowing six runs (two earned) on seven hits over five innings. Smith went on the disabled list after that game. His first appearance since coming off the DL was on August 14 against the Timber Rattlers in Cedar Rapids. In that game he allowed two hits and two runs (one earned) with three strikeouts for a no decision. Smith has made three appearances (two starts) against Wisconsin this season. He is 0-1 and has allowed nine runs (eight earned) on 17 hits over 16 innings against the Rattlers. Smith has walked three and struck out 16 in those outings vs. Wisconsin.

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