May 16, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT SATURDAY: The Beloit Snappers beat the Timber Rattlers 4-3. Danny Rams broke a 3-3 tie with a two-out single in the top of the eighth inning. Matt Tone and Kane Holbrooks – the final two out of a string of five Snappers pitchers – kept Wisconsin off the board in the bottom of the eighth and ninth respectively to vault Beloit into first place in the Western Division of the Midwest League.

ANOTHER CLOSE ONE: Wisconsin has played in eleven games decided by one run. The Rattlers are 1-10 in those games.

FOR THE WANT OF A NAIL: The Rattlers drew a season-high nine walks, but stranded a season high 13 runners. Wisconsin was 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

THAT ONE: Khris Davis singled in the bottom of the first inning to drive D’Vontrey Richardson home from second for a 1-0 lead.

A LITTLE BACK AND FORTH: The Snappers tied the game with a run in the third and took the lead with a run in the fourth. Wisconsin tied the game by scoring two runs without the benefit of a hit in the sixth inning.

AFTER TWO: All four of Beloit's runs were scored with two outs.

INTENTIONALLY: Scooter Gennett (in the sixth) and Michael Marseco (in the seventh) were walked intentionally for the first time in their careers. Wisconsin hitters have been walked intentionally four times in 36 games this season. In 139 games of the 2009 season, Rattlers hitters were walked intentionally only three times – (Corey Kemp twice and Brett Lawrie once).

RAMS TOUGH: Rams has driven in six runs in seven games against the Timber Rattlers this season. He does not have an RBI in 16 games against the rest of the Midwest League.

A NOTE ABOUT ATTENDANCE: The Rattlers have set single game season highs for attendance at Time Warner Cable Field in each of their last three home games. On Thursday, there were 3,549 on hand for the first game of the series. The attendance was 3,825 for the doubleheader on Friday night. Yesterday’s crowd of 4,170 set a new season high for a Rattlers game in Grand Chute.

2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers are 2-8 against the Snappers this season. Wisconsin lost the only two games played at Time Warner Cable Field in the first series 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. Beloit has won three of the four games in this series. The next time these two teams meet will be in the second half of the season. The Rattlers will be in Beloit July 7-9. Beloit is back at Time Warner Cable Field August 18-20.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .256 as a team. They have scored 166 runs (4.6/game) and hit 16 home runs. The Snappers are hitting .239 as a team. They have scored 145 runs (4.0/game) and hit 20 home runs. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.71 while allowing a total of 189 runs (5.3/game) this season. Beloit pitchers have a team ERA of 3.14 while allowing 132 runs (3.7/game). The Rattlers defense has committed 60 errors. The Bandits defense has committed 38 errors. Wisconsin is 7-14 in home games this season. Beloit is 12-6 on the road this season.

BELOIT STARTING PITCHER: RHP Michael Tonkin was the 30th round pick of the Twins in the 2008 draft out of Palmdale (CA) High School. He spent the previous two seasons in the Gulf Coast League and compiled a record of 3-5 and a 3.56ERA in 17 games (10 starts). Tonkin struck out 68 over 65-2/3 innings pitched in the Gulf Coast League. He made his Midwest League debut on May 11, 2010 against the Kane County Cougars at Pohlman Field and gave up three runs on six hits over four innings. Tonkin did not walk a batter and struck out four. He was charged with the loss. Today is the first time that Tonkin will face the Timber Rattlers. It is also the first time he is facing an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

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