May 15, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Beloit Snappers swept a doubleheader from the Timber Rattlers. Beloit won game one 5-3. The Snappers won game two 2-1 in ten innings.

GAME ONE RECAP: The game was tied 2-2 in the top of the sixth inning Brian Dozier reached on an error to start the inning. Rattlers pitcher Damon Krestalude walked the next hitter and a bunt single by Angel Morales loaded the bases. Danny Rams singled in the go ahead run and the next two hitters knocked in runs with sacrifice flies. The Rattlers got a run in the bottom of the sixth and had the tying run at the plate in both the sixth and seventh innings, but Wisconsin fell short.

GAME TWO RECAP: Michael Marseco drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second inning and Wisconsin took a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning. Rams started the inning with solo homer to tie the game. Rams drove in the go ahead run in the top of the tenth with a double.

HEART ACHINGLY CLOSE: Marseco singled in the bottom of the ninth in game two with the winning run on second base. But, Angel Morales threw out Cutter Dykstra at the plate to send the game to the tenth inning.

THE EXTRA MILE: The Rattlers are 0-4 in extra innings this season. All four games that have gone past the regular allotment of innings ended in the tenth. Wisconsin has lost twice to the Snappers in 10 innings. Wang Wei Lin has scored the winning run each time for Beloit. He homered in the bottom of the tenth at Beloit on May 3 and scored on the double by Rams last night.

BIG JAKE: Jake Odorizzi was the starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers in game two. He went six innings, allowed one run on three hits and struck out six. He has been the starting pitcher in each of the last three Wisconsin games that have gone extra innings: May 3 at Beloit; May 8 vs. Cedar Rapids, and last night.

WE LIKE MIKE: Marseco went 3-for-6 in Friday’s doubleheader. He drove in three of the four runs scored by the Rattlers. Marseco also turned an unassisted double play in the ninth inning of game two.

ANOTHER CLOSE ONE: Wisconsin has played in ten games decided by one run. The Rattlers are 1-9 in those games.

GOT HIM! GOT HIM AGAIN! Rattlers centerfielder D’Vontrey Richardson threw out Steven Liddle at third in the first game and Rams at the plate in the second game. Richardson has a team leading four outfield assists this season.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Beloit Snappers at the Midwest League affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. They are 21-14 on the season. They are tied with Quad Cities for first place in the Western Division. In their most recent series, the Snappers split two games of a series at home to Kane County. Wednesday’s game was rained out and will be played at a doubleheader later this half. Beloit is 5-5 in their last ten games.

2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers are 2-7 against the Snappers this season. Wisconsin lost the only two games played at Time Warner Cable Field in the first meeting between the teams on April 23 and 24. The game on April 25 was rained out and is the reason for the doubleheader that is scheduled for Friday night. The Rattlers went 1-3 in a four game series at Pohlman Field from April 30-May 3.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .257 as a team. They have scored 163 runs (4.7/game) and hit 16 home runs. The Snappers are hitting .241 as a team. They have scored 141 runs (4.0/game) and hit 20 home runs. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.76 while allowing a total of 185 runs (5.3/game) this season. Beloit pitchers have a team ERA of 3.20 while allowing 129 runs (3.7/game). The Rattlers defense has committed 58 errors. The Bandits defense has committed 37 errors. Wisconsin is 7-13 in home games this season. Beloit is 11-6 on the road this season.

BELOIT STARTING PITCHER: LHP Edgar Ibarra was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Twins out of Venezuela in 2006. He pitched two seasons in the Venezuelan Summer League before making his U.S. debut in the Gulf Coast League in 2008. Last season, Ibarra pitched for the Elizabethton Twins in the Appalachian League. He was 6-2 in 14 games (six starts) with a 2.84 ERA and struck out 57 in 50-2.3 innings for Elizabethton. Ibarra is 3-2 with a save and a 3.92ERA in 11 games (two starts) for the Snappers in 2010. In his last appearance, Ibarra allowed three runs on two hits over four innings with four walks, a hit batsman, and three strikeouts on May 10 against Kane County. Ibarra was not involved in the decision. He has made two relief appearances against Wisconsin in 2010. Over 1-1/3 innings, the Rattlers have gotten to him for a run on three hits while striking out twice. Ibarra picked up the save on April 24 at Time Warner Cable Field by getting the last two outs of the game. On May 2 at Pohlman Field, Ibarra took the loss against Wisconsin.

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