July 1, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Timber Rattlers beat Quad Cities 4-1. Kentrail Davis had three this, including a two-run homer, to lead an 11-hit attack for Wisconsin. Doug Davis pitched seven innings and allowed one run in a rehabilitation start for the Brewers and got the win. Efrain Nieves pitched two scoreless innings for the save.

EARLY ON: Cutter Dykstra doubled with two outs in the bottom of the second inning. Chris Dennis singled him in and the Rattlers lead 1-0.

AMONG THE LEADERS: Dennis has 47 RBI on the season. He is fourth in the Midwest League in that category. Jeremie Tice of Lake County leads with 51 RBI.

TIED: The River Bandits tied the game in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Edgar Lara.

UNTIED: Cameron Garfield singled in a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the Rattlers up 2-1.

BREATHING ROOM: Kentrail Davis hit his second home run, a two-run shot, in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 4-1 lead. The long ball was the second for Davis since joining the Rattlers.

REHABBING: Doug Davis allowed a run on six hits, walked three, and struck out four to pick up the win for Wisconsin.

SAVING THE DAY: Nieves pitched around three walks over two scoreless innings to get his first save of the season. Yesterday was the second save for Nieves in his pro career. Nieves earned a save with three scoreless innings against West Michigan on July 8, 2009 for his first save.

DOUBLE YOUR FUN: The Rattlers defense turned three double plays yesterday. Wisconsin has 65 double plays this season.

MAKING MOVES: Pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was sent to Brevard County, the Florida State League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, after Wednesday’s game. Pitcher Alex Jones has joined the Timber Rattlers from Helena.

MEET THE NEW GUY: Pitcher Alex Jones has joined the Timber Rattlers from Helena. Jones was the 27th round pick of the Brewers in the 2010 draft out of Jacksonville State University. Jones appeared in 28 games for JSU and had six saves, a 3.53ERA, and 61 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched. Jones had appeared in four games with one save for Helena in Pioneer League since signing with the Brewers. Jones did not allow a run and struck out eight over 5.2 innings pitched.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Burlington Bees are the Midwest League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. They finished the first half with a record of 22-47and in eighth place in the Midwest League’s Western Division. In 2009, the Bees went 29-41 in the first half, but qualified for the playoffs with a 35-34 second half record to win the wild card. Burlington advanced to the Midwest League Championship Series, but lost in three games to Fort Wayne. The Bees have won two straight Western Division titles. They were the Midwest League Champions in 2008. They are 2-4 to start the second half.

2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers lead the season series with the Bees 7-3. Burlington won two out of three from the Timber Rattlers at Community Field April 14-16. Burlington won 8-6 and 11-4 in the first two games of the series. Wisconsin won 9-0 in the series finale. The Rattlers went 3-1 against the Bees in a four game series at Time Warner Cable Field from May 21-24 and swept three games from Burlington June 25-27. Wisconsin has won six straight against the Bees.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .250 as a team. They have scored 355 runs (4.8/game) and hit 38 home runs. The Bees are hitting .236 as a team. They have scored 315 runs (4.2/game) and hit 36 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.29 while allowing a total of 361 runs (4.9/game) this season. Burlington pitchers have a team ERA of 5.24 while allowing 443 runs (5.9/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 113 errors. The Bees defense has committed 104 errors. Wisconsin is 13-20 in road games this season. Burlington is 12-26 at Community Field in 2010.

PROSPECTING: Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook listed five members of the active Burlington roster as Top 30 Prospects in the Kansas City Royals organization. Catcher Wil Myers (#3) was the top-rated prospect on with the Bees, but he was promoted to the High-A affiliate of Kansas City today. Pitchers Tyler Sample (#14), catcher Jose Bonilla (#21), pitchers Keaton Hayenga (#23) and Matt Mitchell (#28), and outfielder Hilton Richardson (#30) are all on BA’s list of Royals prospects. Pitcher Kelvin Herrera (#18) is also on the list, but he in on the disabled list.

BURLINGTON STARTING PITCHER: RHP Keaton Hayenga was selected in the 31st round of the 2007 draft out of Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Washington. Hayenga did not pitch professionally until 2009 due to a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder during his senior season. He turned down a basketball scholarship to Washington State to play baseball. Hayenga made his professional debut in 2009 with the Burlington (NC) Royals of the Appalachian League. He went 4-7 with a 3.66 ERA in 13 starts. In his start prior to this evening, Hayenga lost at Wisconsin on June 26. The Rattlers scored eight runs on six hits over 5-1/3 innings and went on to an 11-7 win. The Rattlers also beat Hayenga on May 23 at Time Warner Cable Field. They got to him for seven runs (five earned) on nine hits and three walks over 4-1/3 innings. Hayenga, Baseball America’s #23 rated prospect in the Kansas City organization, struck out four in that game. Hayenga has lost six straight decisions.

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