April 30, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Peoria Chiefs beat the Timber Rattlers 8-7. Jonathan Mota drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth. Mota had three RBI for the Chiefs.

EARLY ADVERSITY: The Chiefs scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the first. An infield single by Justin Bour and a run scoring wild pitch by Rattlers starting pitcher Eric Arnett gave Peoria the lead. They would tack on three more runs in the bottom of the fourth for a 5-0 lead.

RATTLERS RALLY: Wisconsin scored four times in the top of the fifth. Michael Marseco came in on a wild pitch and Pete Fatse tripled with two outs and the bases loaded to get the Rattlers back to within 5-4.

SECOND CHANCE: Fatse stepped to the plate with one out and the bases loaded in game two of the series with the Chiefs. He struck out.

BACK AND FORTH: Wisconsin grabbed a 6-5 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth on an RBI triple by Carlos George and a wild pitch that let George score from third. The Chiefs went back in front in the seventh on an RBI grounder by DJ Fitzgerald and an RBI single by Mota. Scooter Gennett tied the game 7-7 with a two-out RBI single in the eighth.

WELL, THERE’S SOMETHING YOU DON’T SEE EVERY DAY: In the bottom of the seventh, Just Bour had an unusual ground rule double. From the Peoria Journal-Star account:
[I]t looked like Justin Bour gave the Chiefs the lead with one swing when he drove a ball to right field. Base umpire Jeff Klinghoffer initially signaled home run.

But Wisconsin outfielder Peter Fatse protested and Klinghoffer went out to investigate. Fatse leaped and pulled the ball from behind the outfield padding for a million-to-one ground-rule double.
ADVENTURES IN BASE RUNNING: The Rattlers had three runners thrown out on the bases last night: Two at third, and one at second. Wisconsin also had three runners thrown out on the bases in game one and game two of the series at Peoria.

TRIPLE DECKER: Carlos George had a pair of triples last night. Fatse’s triple gave the Rattlers three three-bagers in the game. In 2009, Wisconsin had 35 triples, but never more than one in a game.

ARNETT UPDATE: The #1 pick of the Brewers from the 2009 draft pitched 4-1/3 innings, allowed five runs on six hits, walked three, struck out four, and threw a pair of wild pitches. He was not involved in the decision.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Beloit Snappers at the Midwest League affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. They are 12-8 and in third place in the Western Division. In their most recent series, the Snappers took two out of three games at Burlington

2009 SEASON SERIES: Wisconsin and Beloit split a 14 game series last season. The Rattlers were 2-4 against the Snappers at Pohlman Field in 2009. The Snappers swept the Rattlers at Pohlman Field over Labor Day weekend in the final three games played between the teams last season.

2010 SEASON SERIES: Wisconsin is 0-2 against Beloit this season. The Snappers defeated the Timber Rattlers 7-2 and 7-5 at Time Warner Cable Field on April 23 and 24. The game that was scheduled for Sunday, April 25 was rained out and will be made up as a doubleheader on May 14.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .266 as a team. They have scored 106 runs (5.3/game) and hit nine home runs. The Snappers are hitting .244 as a team. They have scored 86 runs (4.2/game) and hit 14 home runs. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.80 while allowing a total of 111 runs (5.6/game) this season. Beloit pitchers have a team ERA of 3.01 while allowing 78 runs (3.6/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 34 errors. The Snappers defense has committed 21 errors. Wisconsin is 2-7 away from Time Warner Cable Field this season. Beloit is 5-4 at Pohlman Field this season.

PROSPECTING: Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook placed four members of the current Beloit roster on their list of Top 30 Prospects in the Minnesota Twins organization before the 2010 season. Outfielder Aaron Hicks is the #1 prospect in the Minnesota organization. Outfielder Angel Morales (#8) is also a top 10 prospect. Pitcher Ben Tootle (#28) and infielder James Beresford (#30) are also on the list.

BELOIT STARTING PITCHER: RHP Liam Hendriks was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Australia in 2007 by the Twins. In 2007, Hendriks was 4-2 with a 2.05ERA for the Gulf Coast League Twins. He missed all of 2008 with an injury and began the 2009 season with Elizabethton in the Appalachian League. Hendriks went 2-0 in three starts with Elizabethton and was promoted to Beloit. As a Snapper, Hendriks went 3-5 in 11 starts with a 3.51ERA and 62 strikeouts over 66-2/3 innings. In his start prior to this evening, Hendriks beat the Timber Rattlers on April 23 at Time Warner Cable Field. He allowed one run on one hit with a walk and six strikeouts over five innings in a 7-2 Beloit victory. Hendriks was the first Midwest League pitcher of the week and is 1-0 with a 0.41ERA in four starts this season. He has allowed one run and struck out 26 batters over 22 innings this season.

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