May 8, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Cedar Rapids Kernels beat the Timber Rattlers 6-1 at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The game drew 12,667 fans. Orangel Arenas tossed seven shutout innings for the win. Luis Jimenez had a two-run triple in the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie.

MATCHING: Rattlers starting pitcher Damon Krestalude allowed one hit and struck out five over the first 5-1/3 innings to match Arenas.

UNTIL THE SIXTH: Mike Trout and Ivan Contreras had back-to-back singles with one out in the sixth to chase Krestalude. Andre Lamontagne relieved Krestalude and gave up the two-run triple to Jimenez along with two other runs in the inning.

HE DID IT AGAIN: Jimenez has nine RBI in four games against the Timber Rattlers this season. He is 6-for-16 (.375) against the Rattlers in 2010.

BRIGHT SPOTS: Chris Dennis was 3-for-5 and Scooter Gennett was 2-for-4 for the Rattlers offense last night. Both extended their current hitting streaks to six games.

OPPORTUNITIES: Wisconsin had runners at first and second and one out in the first. The Rattlers also had runners at first and second with no outs in the second. The team was 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position last night.

DROUGHT: Arenas retired 13 straight batters after Cutter Dykstra’s second inning single put runners on first and second with no outs.

A FINAL RALLY SNUFFED OUT: Wisconsin trailed 6-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning, but loaded the bases with one out against Kernels reliever David Carpenter. He got the second out on a foul pop to first. Then, Jimenez robbed D’Vontrey Richardson with a leaping grab of a liner at third.

RECORD AT MILLER PARK: The Timber Rattlers have played four games at Miller Park since 2003. Wisconsin is 1-3 in those games.

THERE WILL BE RUNNING: Cedar Rapids is 45-for-56 in stolen base attempts this season. They are third in the Midwest League in that category. In the four games with Wisconsin this season, the Kernels were 13-for-14 in stolen base attempts. Mike Trout is second in the league in steals with 16.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .267 as a team. They have scored 145 runs (5.2/game) and hit 14 home runs. The Kernels are hitting .250 as a team. They have scored 155 runs (5.3/game) and hit 18 home runs. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 5.06 while allowing a total of 159 runs (5.7/game) this season. Cedar Rapids pitchers have a team ERA of 4.16 while allowing 141 runs (4.9/game). The Rattlers defense has committed 51 errors. The Kernels defense has committed 33 errors. Wisconsin is 6-8 at Time Warner Cable Field this season. Cedar Rapids is 6-10 on the road this season.

CEDAR RAPIDS STARTING PITCHER: LHP Tyler Skaggs was the 40th overall pick in the 2009 draft. The Angels selected him out of Santa Monica (CA) High School. He made five appearances as a professional in 2009. Skaggs made three appearances (two starts) and did not allow a run over six innings for the Arizona League affiliate of the Angels. He made two relief appearances for Orem in the Pioneer League and allowed five runs (four earned) over four innings. Skaggs struck out 13 and walked two in 10 innings as a pro last season. In his start prior to today, Skaggs picked up his first professional victory. He tossed five innings against Kane County on May 3 and gave up two hits without allowing a run. Today is his first appearance against the Timber Rattlers. This afternoon is also his first appearance against an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

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