May 1, 2010: Game Notes

LAST ACTION: 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.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Rattlers game at Beloit was rained out. It is being made up as part of a doubleheader today.

RECENT SUCCESS: Wisconsin has had one doubleheader this season. They swept a pair from the Kane County Cougars at Time Warner Cable Field on April 9 after Opening Night on April 8 was snowed out.

RECENT PAST: This is the first road doubleheader for the Rattlers since June 20, 2009. They split a pair of seven inning games at Kane County on that day. The Rattlers had two other road doubleheaders in 2009. They were swept at Quad Cities on April 27 and they split with Cedar Rapids on May 14.

DISTANT PAST: This is the first doubleheader at Beloit for the Timber Rattlers since April 18, 2003. Wisconsin split that doubleheader. Bobby Livingston took the loss for the Rattlers in game one. Oscar Delgado won game two for Wisconsin.

LOW FIVE: The Timber Rattlers enter the doubleheader today with a five game losing streak.

ADVENTURES IN BASE RUNNING: The Rattlers had a total of nine runners cut down on the base paths during their three game series in Peoria.

The Timber Rattlers were 7-5 in six doubleheaders in 2009. They swept two, split three, and were swept in one.

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.

GAME ONE 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.

GAME TWO BELOIT STARTING PITCHER: LHP Daniel Osterbrock was selected in the seventh round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Cincinnati. He was 7-10 with a 5.19ERA in 28 games (26 starts) for the Snappers last season. In his start prior to today, Osterbrock pitched seven innings against the Rattlers on April 24 at Time Warner Cable Field. He allowed two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts, but was not involved in the decision. Osterbrock made three starts against the Timber Rattlers in 2009 and went 3-0. He allowed four runs (three earned) on 12 hits and struck out 22 while walking just one over 19 innings against Wisconsin in 2009. He is the reigning Midwest League pitcher of the Week.

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