July 19, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT SUNDAY: The Great Lakes Loons beat the Timber Rattlers 10-2. Wisconsin had a 1-0 lead after the bottom of the second inning. The Loons scored in every inning from the fourth through the ninth and racked up 15 hits to beat Wisconsin.

OUT IN FRONT: The Rattlers scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning. Michael Marseco scored from third on a wild pitch by Great Lakes starter Josh Wall.

BACK TO EVEN: The Loons tied the game with an RBI double by JT Wise in the top of the fourth inning off Rattlers starting pitcher Kyle Heckathorn.

FALLING BEHIND: Great Lakes added three runs on just one hit in the top of the fifth. Heckathorn walked the leadoff hitter, hit the second batter, and committed a balk to move both runners into scoring position. An RBI fielder’s choice by Brian Cavazos-Galvez sent the go ahead run across the plate. Jaime Ortiz singled in a pair of runs later in the inning.

DRIP…DRIP…DRIP: The Loons scored a run in the sixth, a run in the seventh, two in the eighth, and two in the ninth.

STREAK: Cavazos-Galvez singled in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. That is the second-longest streak in the Midwest League this season. Kevin Nolan of Lansing had an 18-game hit streak end on July 4.

DOUBLE DIGITS: Sunday was the tenth time the Timber Rattlers have allowed 10 or more runs in a game this season.

MULTIBALL: Scooter Gennett had three hits yesterday. It was his eighth three-hit game of the season. He has 36 multi-hit games in 2010. Gennett is tied for the Midwest League lead in hits with 113. He is also tied for the league lead in doubles with 31.

NUMBER SHUFFLE: After yesterday’s game, three Timber Rattlers players switched numbers. Eric Arnett moves from #34 to his original #22. Kentrail Davis switches from #22 to #20. Santo Manzanillo swaps #20 for #19.

UP NEXT: The Rattlers are off on Tuesday. On Wednesday, they continue their stretch of twelve straight games by hitting the road to face West Michigan and South Bend for three games each from July 21 to July 26. The Rattlers are 5-12 against the Eastern Division this season, 2-9 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 62-30 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 19-4 to start the second half. In their most recent series, Great Lakes went 2-1 in a series at Beloit. The Loons are 12-5 in 17 games against the Western Division this season.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .254 as a team. They have scored 437 runs (4.8/game) and hit 52 home runs. The Loons are hitting .273 as a team. They have scored 474 runs (5.2/game) and hit 90 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.49 while allowing a total of 462 runs (5.1/game) this season. Great Lakes pitchers have a team ERA of 3.17 while allowing a total of 326runs (3.5/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 131 errors. The Loons defense has committed 78 errors. Wisconsin is 21-28 in home games this season. Great Lakes is 36-14 away from home in 2010.

GREAT LAKES STARTING PITCHER: RHP Brett Wallach, the son of former Major League infielder Tim Wallach, was selected by the Dodgers in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft out of Orange Coast Community College. In his first professional season, Wallach went 0-1 with a 5.23ERA in 12 games (all starts) for the Ogden Raptors, the Pioneer League affiliate of the Dodgers. He struck out 38 and walked 15 in 31 innings pitched. In his start prior to this afternoon, Wallach won at Beloit on July 14. He allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits over 5-1/3 innings with two walks and eight strikeouts. Today is Wallach’s first appearance against the Timber Rattlers. In 2009, Wallach made one start against Helena, the Pioneer League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. On August 11 at Helena, Wallach pitched three scoreless innings, allowed two hits, and struck out two. The only current Timber Rattler in the lineup that day was Cutter Dykstra, who went 0-for-1 against Wallach. Baseball America rated Wallach as the #20 prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league system before the 2010 season.

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