August 9, 2009: Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Chiefs defeated the Timber Rattlers 14-5. Peoria scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to go up 10-0. Peoria picked up 19 hits and beat the Rattlers for the sixth straight time.

IT HAPPENED EARLY: The Chiefs had a 2-0 lead four batters into the bottom of the first inning. Brett Jackson singled to start the inning and Ryan Flaherty followed with a double. One batter later, Kyler Burke singled to drive in Flaherty.

IT HAPPENED OFTEN: The first five Chiefs to hit in the fourth inning reached against Rattlers starting pitcher RJ Seidel. Back-to-back singles were followed by a three run homer by Nelson Perez. The next four batters Seidel faced also reached on a single, a walk, a fielder’s choice with a force out, and an RBI single. Rigoberto Almonte entered the game and gave up an RBI single and a two-run double before getting the second out. Jovan Rosa’s RBI double capped the eight run inning.

NOT THE FIRST TIME: In the second half, Peoria has had several big innings against the Timber Rattlers. On June 28, the Chiefs scored nine runs in the eighth inning in a 15-6 win. On July 25, Peoria scored seven runs in the sixth inning in a 9-1 win. On July 21, Peoria scored six runs in the fourth inning of a 12-5 win.

THAT’S A LOT: In the last five meetings between the Rattlers and the Chiefs, Peoria has hit nine home runs.

SEVEN: The Rattlers have lost seven straight games. This is the second seven game losing streak of the year for Wisconsin.

EIGHT: Brock Kjeldgaard’s RBI single in the sixth inning moved his hitting streak to eight games. He is hitting .419 (13-for-31) during the streak.

EIGHT (PT II): Pete Fatse has reached base eight straight times in this series. After striking out in his first at bat in game one on Friday, Fatse was hit by a pitch and walked three times. Last night, he walked in his first three plate appearances and doubled in his final at bat.

IT GOES TO ELEVEN: Brett Lawrie hit his eleventh homer of the season in the eighth inning after Fatse’s double. It was a three-run home run and gave Lawrie 57 RBI on the season. Lawrie is second on the team in homers and runs batted in.

LOW TIDE: Wisconsin’s overall record sits at 48-63 for the 2009 season. The 15 games under .500 mark is the farthest Wisconsin has been below .500 this season. Since beating South Bend on July 13 to get to 45-42 and match the most games over .500 they have been this season, the Rattlers have gone 3-21.

ROAD WOES: Wisconsin has lost nine straight road games and they are 3-14 on the road in the second half of the season.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Peoria Chiefs are the Midwest League affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. They missed the playoffs in the first half of the season with a 38-31 record. So far in the second half, the Chiefs are 24-17. They hold the top playoff spot in the Western Division for the second half by four games over Clinton. The Chiefs are 14-2 in their last 16 games.

SEASON SERIES: Wisconsin is 7-6 against Peoria this season, including an 0-5 record at O’Brien Field. The Rattlers swept a four game series in the first half of the season with three wins at Time Warner Cable Field and one win at Miller Park. The Rattlers took three out of four from the Chiefs at Time Warner Cable Field to open the second half of the season. But, Peoria swept a three-game set at O’Brien Field from July 25-27.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .238 as a team. They have scored 439 runs (3.9/game) and hit 53 home runs. The Chiefs are hitting .275 as a team. They have scored 529 runs (4.8/game) and hit 88 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.33 while allowing a total of 555 runs (5.0/game). Peoria pitchers have a team ERA of 3.80 while allowing 471 runs (4.3/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 128 errors. The Chiefs defense has committed 128 errors. Wisconsin is 16-35 on the road this season. Peoria is 37-16 at O’Brien Field this season.

PEORIA STARTING PITCHER: RHP Chris Archer was the 5th round pick of the Cleveland Indians in the 2006 draft out of Clayton (NC) high school. He joined the Chicago Cubs organization – along with two other minor leaguers -- in a trade that sent Mark DeRosa to the Indians in December of 2008. Archer spent all of 2008 with the Lake County Captains of the South Atlantic League. He was 4-8 in 27 starts with an ERA of 4.29. He walked 84 and struck out 106 in 115-1/3 innings pitched. In 2009, Archer is 3-4 with a 2.82ERA in 21 starts for the Chiefs. In his start prior to this afternoon, Archer pitched six shutout innings and allowed three hits at Beloit on August 4. He walked three and struck out two, but was not involved in the decision. Archer has faced the Timber Rattlers twice this season – both times as a starter. Over nine innings against Wisconsin Archer has allowed two runs on three hits with nine walks and four strikeouts. He does not have a decision against the Rattlers this season. On April 23 in the first game of a doubleheader Archer allowed two runs on three this and four walks over four innings. On June 26, Archer pitched five no-hit innings and struck out four, but he walked five and was not around for the end.

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