May 4, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT MONDAY: The Timber Rattlers lost 9-8 in ten innings to the Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field. Wisconsin scored three times in the top of the ninth inning to take an 8-7 lead. But, the Snappers scored once in the ninth to tie the game. Wang Wei Lin won the game with a one-out solo homer in the bottom of the tenth for the game winner.

A DAY FOR OFFENSE: The Rattlers scored eight runs on 14 hits with a pair of doubles and a pair of home runs. The Snappers scored nine runs on 10 hits with a pair of doubles, the home run by Lin, and they also drew seven walks.

A LITTLE BACK AND FORTH: Wisconsin had a 3-0 lead after scoring three times in the top of the third. The Snappers scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning.

GIVE A LITTLE: The Snappers took a 5-3 lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth without the benefit of a hit. Two walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases. Wisconsin got the first out, but on a potential inning ending double play, Angel Morales beat out the throw to first and Lin scored all the way from second.

TAKE A LITTLE: D’Vontrey Richardson started the top of the fifth with his first professional home run. Later in the frame, Cameron Garfield’s two-run single tied the game 5-5.

A RALLY TO REMEMBER: After Beloit took a 7-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth, Wisconsin was held off the board until the ninth. Scooter Gennett singled and Davis followed with the homer that tied the game. Two outs later, Garfield singled, stole second, and scored on an error.

NOT TO BE: The Snappers got a two-out RBI single from Anderson Hidalgo in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. Hidalgo got the hit on an 0-2 pitch.

YES…: The Rattlers ended their seven-game trip to Peoria and Beloit with a 1-6 record.

…BUT: Three of the six losses were by a single run.

NUMBERS FROM THE ROAD: Wisconsin hit .258 (56-for-217) and scored 30 runs in the seven games on the just completed trip. The pitchers walked 30, struck out 42, and collected an ERA of 5.40 on the trip. The Rattlers defense was charged with 16 errors on the trip.

WELCOME ALUMNI: There are six Rattlers on the active roster that spent at least some time with Wisconsin last season. Pitchers Maverick Lasker and Efrain Nieves are joined by infielders Pete Fatse, Chris Dennis, Cutter Dykstra, and Michael Marseco.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Quad Cities River Bandits are the Midwest League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. They are 15-10 and in third place in the Western Division of the Midwest League. They enter this series on a three game losing streak after they dropped the final three games in their series with the Burlington Bees at home. The Bandits are 4-6 in their last ten games. Last season, the River Bandits missed the playoffs. They were 30-40 in the first half and 31-38 in the second half to compile an overall record of 61-78. Johnny Rodriguez is in his first season as the manager of the River Bandits.

2009 SEASON SERIES: Wisconsin went 4-6 against the River Bandits last year. The Timber Rattlers were 4-2 versus Quad Cities at Time Warner Cable Field in 2009.

2010 SEASON SERIES: Wisconsin is 1-2 against Quad Cities this season. The River Bandits beat the Rattlers twice in a three game series at Modern Woodmen Park April 17-19. Quad Cities won the first two games by scores of 9-5 and 4-3. Wisconsin won the finale 9-5

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .264 as a team. They have scored 123 runs (5.1/game) and hit 12 home runs. The River Bandits are hitting .243 as a team. They have scored 120 runs (4.8/game) and hit 16 home runs. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.84 while allowing a total of 132 runs (5.5/game) this season. Quad Cities pitchers have a team ERA of 3.87 while allowing 114 runs (4.6/game). The Rattlers defense has committed 44 errors. The Bandits defense has committed 36 errors. Wisconsin is 5-6 at Time Warner Cable Field this season. Quad Cities is 6-6 on the road this season.

PROSPECTING: Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook listed four members of the current River Bandits roster on their list of top 30 prospects in the St. Louis organization. Pitcher Shelby Miller, a first round pick out of Brownwood (TX) High School in 2009, is rated as St. Louis’ #1 prospect. Catcher Robert Stock, the Cardinals second round pick out of the University of Southern California in 2009, is #10. Pitcher Joe Kelley (#21) and shortstop Ryan Jackson (#25) are also on the list.

QUAD CITIES STARTING PITCHER: RHP Deryk Hooker was a seventh round pick of the Cardinals in the 2007 draft out of Mira Mesa High School in San Diego, California. In his first three seasons as a professional, Hooker has pitched for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals (’07), the Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League (’08), the River Bandits (’08), and the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League (’09). He is 3-9 with a save and a 3.15ERA in 40 appearances (25 starts) in his pro career coming into 2010. In his appearance prior of today, Hooker allowed three runs on four hits over three innings and took the loss at Kane County on April 29. He is making his first appearance against an affiliate of the Brewers tonight. Hooker made a pair of starts against Wisconsin in 2008. He gave up three runs (two earned) on 11 hits with four walks and 12 strikeouts over 11-2/3 innings, but had no decision.

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