July 17, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Rattlers could not hold an early 3-0 lead and lost 6-4 to the Lansing Lugnuts. Lansing took two of the three games in the series.

FAST START: Wisconsin scored three times in the first inning. They loaded the bases with one out on a single by Scooter Gennett, a double by Kentrail Davis, and Khris Davis being hit by a pitch. Hunter Morris drove in the first run with an RBI grounder. Cutter Dykstra followed with a two-run triple.

LUGS: Lansing rallied back with four runs in the top of the third off Rattlers starting pitcher Damon Krestalude. Randy Schimpf had an RBI triple; Kenny Wilson followed with an RBI single; and – later in the inning – Brad Glenn doubled in a pair of runs to give Lansing a 4-3 lead.

BACK TO EVEN: Kentrail Davis doubled in Gennett with the tying run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

HEATING UP: Davis went 5-for-10 in the series with the Lugnuts. He is 8-for-16 on the homestand.

WILDNESS: Sean Ochinko scored the go ahead run for Lansing in the top of the fifth inning on a two-out wild pitch by Krestalude.

CHANCE: The Rattlers had runners at the corners with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. But, Eric Eiland made a diving catch on a sinking line drive to left off the bat of Gennett and threw out Michael Marseco to keep the Lugnuts up 5-4.

SPEAKING OF OUTFIELD ASSISTS: D’Vontrey Richardson threw AJ Jimenez out at second as the Lansing designated hitter tried to stretch a single into a double. The outfield assist was the eleventh of the season for Richardson. He is tied with Alberto Diaz of South Bend and Michael Rockett of West Michigan for the Midwest League lead in that category.

UP NEXT: The Rattlers continue their stretch of twelve straight games against the Eastern Division by hosting the Great Lakes Loons in a three game series that begins tonight. Then, the Rattlers will hit the road to face West Michigan and South Bend for three games each from July 21 to July 26. The Rattlers are 5-10 against the Eastern Division this season, 2-7 at home and 3-3 on the road.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Great Lakes Loons are the Midwest League affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They are 60-30 on the season and have the best record in the Midwest League. They finished the first half of the season in second place in the Eastern Division with a 43-26 record to earn the first half Wild Card. The Loons are 17-4 to start the second half. In their most recent series, Great Lakes went 2-1 in a series at Beloit. The Lugnuts are 10-5 in 15 games against the Western Division this season.

2009 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers and Loons played six games in 2009. Wisconsin went 2-4 against Great Lakes. The Rattlers took two of the three games played at Time Warner Cable Field from April 29-May 1. The Loons swept a three game series at Dow Diamond on July 15-17.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .254 as a team. They have scored 430 runs (4.8/game) and hit 51 home runs. The Loons are hitting .273 as a team. They have scored 458 runs (5.1/game) and hit 87 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.42 while allowing a total of 446 runs (5.0/game) this season. Great Lakes pitchers have a team ERA of 3.16 while allowing a total of 319 runs (3.5/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 128 errors. The Loons defense has committed 77 errors. Wisconsin is 21-26 in home games this season. Great Lakes is 34-14 away from home in 2010.

PROSPECTING: Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook has five members of the current Great Lakes roster on their list of Top 30 prospects in the Dodgers organization. Pitcher Allen Webster is the highest rated Loon at #10. Pitcher Brett Wallach is ranked at #20. Outfielders Blake Smith (#22) and Brian Cavazos-Galvez (#26) and catcher Gorman Erickson (#30) are also on the list.

GREAT LAKES STARTING PITCHER: RHP Allen Webster was selected by the Dodgers in the 18th round of the 2009 draft out of Madison (NC) High School. He split time in 2009 between the Arizona League and the Pioneer League and went 4-1 in 16 games (11 starts) with 77 strikeouts in 68-2/3 innings pitched. In his start prior to this evening, Webster lost to Lansing on July 9 as he gave up three runs on four hits and eight walks over 3-2/3 innings. Webster, who was a Midwest League All-Star in 2010, is making his first ever appearance against the Timber Rattlers. Tonight is also his first appearance against an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Webster is scheduled to pitch one inning tonight.

GREAT LAKES SCHEDULED RELIEVER: RHP Elisaul Pimentel was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic by the Dodgers in 2006. He went 4-4 in 13 games (12 starts) for Ogden in the Pioneer League last season. In his appearance prior to this evening, Pimentel allowed six runs on eight hits over 3-2/3 innings against South Bend on July 6 for a no decision. Tonight is his first appearance against the Timber Rattlers. Pimentel made two starts against Helena, the Pioneer League affiliate of the Brewers in 2009. He allowed six runs on 12 hits with five strikeouts over 5-1/3 innings.

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