May 9, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT SATURDAY: The Kernels beat the Rattlers 5-4 in 10 innings. Mike Trout homered in the top of the tenth to break a 4-4 tie. Trout was 3-for-5 with two runs, two stolen bases, and the home run for the Kernels. Jake Odorizzi was the starter for Wisconsin and struck out eight over 5-2/3 innings, but picked up a no decision.

OUT QUICKLY: Wisconsin scored three times in the bottom of the second inning. Carlos George delivered a two-run single and scored on an error. Wisconsin snapped a 19 inning scoreless streak for Kernels’ starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

O, YEAH: Odorizzi pitched 5-2/3 innings for the longest start of the season by a Rattlers pitcher this season. He matched his professional high for strikeouts in a single game by punching out eight Kernels. He did not walk a batter in the game.

KERNELS COMEBACK: Cedar Rapids scored twice in the sixth off Odorizzi. Trout started the inning with a bunt single, stole second and scored on a Jean Segura single. Segura stole second, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on an RBI grounder by Eric Oliver. Cedar Rapids took the lead with two runs in the top of the ninth inning. A double by Casey Haerther knocked in the tying run. Kevin Ramos drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out RBI single.

RATTLERS RALLY: Michael Marseco singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and wound up on third after an error by left fielder Justin Bass. He would score by beating a throw to the plate on a grounder to third off the bat of George.

THREE AGAIN: Yesterday was the second game in which George has driven in three runs.

NOT AGAIN: Pete Fatse was robbed of a base hit on a diving catch in left field by Oliver in the third inning. On Friday night, Randal Grichuk made a diving catch on a sinking liner to right off the bat of Fatse in the eighth. Also on Friday, Trout ran down a deep fly ball in right center off the bat of Fatse in the third inning.

THAT’S JUST CRAZY: The Rattlers are 1-8 in games decided by one run this season. In four one-run losses this month, Wisconsin has had at least a 3-0 lead in all of them.

THERE WILL BE RUNNING: Cedar Rapids is 48-for-60 in stolen base attempts this season. They are third in the Midwest League in that category. In the five games with Wisconsin this season, the Kernels were 16-for-20 in stolen base attempts. Trout leads the Midwest League in steals with 18.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .265 as a team. They have scored 149 runs (5.1/game) and hit 14 home runs. The Kernels are hitting .250 as a team. They have scored 160 runs (5.3/game) and hit 19 home runs. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 5.03 while allowing a total of 164 runs (5.7/game) this season. Cedar Rapids pitchers have a team ERA of 4.11 while allowing 145 runs (4.8/game). The Rattlers defense has committed 52 errors. The Kernels defense has committed 35 errors. Wisconsin is 6-10 in home games this season. Cedar Rapids is 7-10 on the road this season.

CEDAR RAPIDS STARTING PITCHER: RHP Garrett Richards was selected out of Oklahoma as a junior with the 42nd overall pick in the 2009 draft. Richards was 9-4 with a 6.00ERA and struck out 85 over 75 innings. In his first pro season, Richards was 3-1 with a 1.53ERA and 30 strikeouts in 35-1/3 innings over eight starts with Orem. In his start prior to today, Richards lost at Peoria on May 4. He allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 6-2/3 innings with two walks and six strikeouts. Today is the first time Richards will face the Timber Rattlers. In 2009, Richards faced Helena, the Pioneer League affiliate of the Brewers, one time. On August 23, Richards picked up the win as he gave up one run on five hits over seven innings with no walks and five strikeouts. Richards is rated as the #5 prospect in the Angels organization by Baseball America.

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