July 10, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Timber Rattlers lost 4-3 to the Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field. Wisconsin trailed 3-1 heading to the top of the seventh inning. Hunter Morris hit a two-run homer to tied the game. But, Danny Rams hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth to beat Wisconsin.

HEARTBREAK x 8: The Timber Rattlers have been walked off eight times in 2010, including three times on the just ended nine-game road trip. Beloit has beaten the Timber Rattlers twice on a walk-off homer this season.

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER: The home run by Morris in the seventh inning was his second of the season. Morris has played 18 games with the Timber Rattlers. He has 20 hits. Of those 20 hits, Morris has nine doubles and two homers. He has also driven in 12 runs for the Rattlers.

TRIPLE TIME: Michael Marseco tripled in the top of the third inning. He has tripled in two straight games. He leads the Rattlers in triples with six.

ALL GOOD THINGS… Rattlers second baseman Scooter Gennett saw his 14-game hitting streak come to an end last night as he went 0-for-4.

TRANSACTIONS: Reliever Alex Jones has been transferred to Helena. Reliever Adrian Rosario joins the Rattlers tonight from Helena.

MEET THE NEW GUY: Rosario signed with the Brewers as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2006. In his first three seasons in the Brewers organization Rosario was 7-13 with a 5.27 ERA in 40 games (15 starts). Rosario spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons in the Arizona League. He spent last season with Helena and was 3-7 with a 5.06ERA in 15 games (eight starts). In five games as a reliever with Helena in 2010, Rosario was 1-0 with a save, a 1.26ERA, and 15 strikeouts in 14-1/3 innings pitched.

THE ROAD: The Rattlers went 2-7 on their just completed nine-game road trip. Wisconsin was swept in three games at Burlington; dropped two of three at Cedar Rapids; and dropped two of three at Beloit.

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 22-47 and 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. Burlington is 8-6 in the second half. They took two out of three from the Cedar Rapids in their most recent series.

2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers lead the season series with the Bees 7-6. 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 had won six straight in the series before the Bees’ swept a three game series from the Rattlers at Community Field on June 25-27.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .249 as a team. They have scored 396 runs (4.8/game) and hit 46 home runs. The Bees are hitting .237 as a team. They have scored 352 runs (4.2/game) and hit 42 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.45 while allowing a total of 418 runs (5.0/game) this season. Burlington pitchers have a team ERA of 5.02 while allowing a total of 476 runs (5.7/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 121 errors. The Bees defense has committed 113 errors. Wisconsin is 17-24 in home games this season. Burlington is 15-27 away from home 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. 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.

BURLINGTON STARTING PITCHER: RHP Dusty Odenbach was selected by the Royals in the 8th round of the 2009 draft out of the University of Connecticut. He split time in 2009 as a professional with the AZL Royals and the Bees. In 17 games as a reliever in those two stops in the Kansas City system last season, Odenbach went 3-1 with a pair of saves and a 2.54ERA. Odenbach is 4-5 with a 4.44ERA in 20 games (four starts) for the Bees in 2010. In his start prior to this evening, Odenbach pitched six shutout innings against Quad Cities and allowed two hits for the win. Odenbach has won his last two starts and has not allowed a run over 11 innings in his two starts. Odenbach has made two relief appearances against the Rattlers this season. He is 0-1 and has allowed five runs on three hits over 1-2/3 innings with three walks and a pair of strikeouts.

No comments:

Site Meter