July 2, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Timber Rattlers could not hold a 6-0 lead after the top of the seventh inning and lost 7-6 to Burlington. The Bees scored a run in the seventh, five in the eighth, and one in the ninth.

BIG JAKE: Rattlers starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi allowed one run on eight hits over seven innings with a walk and eight strikeouts. The eight strikeouts ran Odorizzi’s season total to 87, third best in the Midwest League.

OUT OF THE GATE: Wisconsin scored four runs on six hits in the top of the first inning. Back-to-back RBI triples by Kentrail Davis and Khris Davis were followed by RBI singles by Hunter Morris and Chris Dennis.

OUT OF HERE: Dennis homered in the seventh inning for a 5-0 lead. The long ball was the ninth of the season for Dennis. He also has 49 RBI on the year and is tied for second in the league in that category.

THE FIRST: The Bees got their first run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-out RBI single by Drew Robertson.

EYE POPPING: Odorizzi has made three starts against the Bees in 2010. He has allowed one run on 12 hits over 18 innings with 26 strikeouts and two walks against Burlington. Odorizzi was in line for his third win against the Bees this season.

ONSLAUGHT: The Bees tied the game with five runs in the bottom of the eighth off two Rattlers relievers. There were four walks and three singles in the inning. The game-tying hit was a two-run single by Gerard Hall.

A CHANCE: Michael Marseco drew a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth inning and was sacrificed to second. But, the Rattlers stranded him.

THE END: Carlo Testa drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth. A wild pitch moved him to second. Then, a one-out single by Rene Oriental sent Testa home with the winning run.

NUMBERS: Last night was the thirteenth blown save by the Timber Rattlers bullpen. Wisconsin is 3-21 in games decided by one run. Opponents have won 18 games in their final at bat. Wisconsin is 18-20 when they have scored first in a game. Thursday was the sixth time the Rattlers have been ‘walked off’ this season.

2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers lead the season series with the Bees 7-4. 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 against the Bees before last night’s loss.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .251 as a team. They have scored 361 runs (4.8/game) and hit 39 home runs. The Bees are hitting .237 as a team. They have scored 322 runs (4.2/game) and hit 36 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.33 while allowing a total of 368 runs (4.9/game) this season. Burlington pitchers have a team ERA of 5.25 while allowing 449 runs (5.9/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 114 errors. The Bees defense has committed 105 errors. Wisconsin is 13-21 in road games this season. Burlington is 13-26 at Community Field in 2010.

BURLINGTON STARTING PITCHER: RHP Sugar Ray Marimon was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Colombia in 2006. He was 3-3 with a 5.78ERA in 15 games (13 starts) for Idaho Falls, the Pioneer League affiliate of the Royals, in 2009. Marimon struck out 47 and walked 30 in 62-1/3 innings with the Chukars last year. Marimon has made two starts with the Bees this season. He won his first start with six shutout innings against Peoria at home on June 15. In his last start, Marimon took the loss at Wisconsin on June 27. The Rattlers scored four runs on three hits over five innings on the way to a 6-3 win. Marimon walked one and struck out three in his first ever appearance against the Rattlers. In 2009, he faced Helena, the Pioneer League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers twice as a starter. He was 0-2 in those starts. The Brewers got to him for eight runs on 10 hits over 6-1/3 innings. Marimon walked six and struck out five in the games against Helena.

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