June 29, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The River Bandits beat the Timber Rattlers 7-6 in 14 innings. A wild pitch on strike three for what would have been the third out of the top of the fourteenth allowed the go-ahead run to score for Quad Cities.

ROUGH START: The River Bandits grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Wisconsin starting pitcher Nick Bucci walked three and gave up two hits in the frame.

RALLY BACK: The Rattlers scored twice in the second and both teams traded runs in the fourth inning to make the score 4-3 heading to the bottom of the fifth. Kentrail Davis lined a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to right-center and the Rattlers took a 5-4 lead.

RED HOT: The River Bandits tied the game in the top of the seventh with a two-out run off Caleb Thielbar. Then, Wisconsin outfielder Khris Davis homered to left to put the Rattlers up 6-5. Davis has homered in three of the four games in the second half of the season and has 11 on the season.

BUT: The River Bandits tied the game with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. Michael Swinson singled with two away and scored on a triple by Devin Goodwin.

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: Davis doubled with one out in the bottom of the fourteenth. Hunter Morris followed with a single to right. Davis raced for the plate with the tying run, but Frederick Parejo threw Davis out for the second out of the inning.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE LETTER K: There were a total of 33 strikeouts in last night’s game. Quad Cities pitchers struck out 18 Timber Rattlers. Wisconsin pitchers collected 15 strikeouts.

NUMBERS: The Wisconsin bullpen was charged with its twelfth blown save of the season. The Rattlers are 0-8 in extra inning games in 2010. Wisconsin is 3-20 in one run games. Opponents have won 16 games in their final at bat against the Rattlers this season.

JUST A NOTE: The Rattlers lost their final three extra innings games of 2009. The last time Wisconsin won a game that went past regulation was on July 24, 2009 when they beat Dayton 5-4 in 11 innings at Time Warner Cable Field.

NOTHING NEW: Quad Cities played 16 innings on Sunday night in a 4-3 win over Kane County.

2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers are 3-6 against the River Bandits this season. Wisconsin dropped two out of three at Quad Cities from April 17-19. The Rattlers also lost two out of three to Quad Cities at Time Warner Cable Field May 5-7. Wisconsin and the River bandits split a doubleheader at Modern Woodmen Park on May 11. The game that was scheduled for May 12 was rained out and not made up on the schedule.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .250 as a team. They have scored 347 runs (4.8/game) and hit 36 home runs. The River Bandits are hitting .252 as a team. They have scored 368 runs (5.0/game) and hit 45 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.37 while allowing a total of 354 runs (4.9/game) this season. Quad Cities pitchers have a team ERA of 3.84 while allowing 347 runs (4.8/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 109 errors. The Bandits defense has committed 100 errors. Wisconsin is 16-23 at home this season. Quad Cities is 18-18 away from home this season.

QUAD CITIES STARTING PITCHER: RHP Joe Kelly was a third round pick of the Cardinals out of the University of California-Riverside in the 2009 draft. He had 24 saves in his career with UC-Riverside. Last season, Kelley went 2-3 with a save in 16 games, two starts for the Batavia Muckdogs, the New York-Penn League affiliate of the Cardinals. So far in 2010, Kelly is 3-5 with a 3.46ERA in 14 games (seven starts) for the River Bandits. In his start prior to this evening, Kelly took the loss at Peoria on June 20. He gave up five runs (two earned) on two hits and three walks in two innings. Kelly has made one appearance against the Timber Rattlers this season. He was the winning pitcher on April 17 at Modern Woodmen Park. Kelly allowed a run on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts over 4-1/3 relief innings. Kelly is rated as the #21 prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America.

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