July 26, 2010: Tonight's Starting Pitchers


RHP NICK BUCCI: Selected by Milwaukee in the 18th round of the 2008 draft out of St. Patrick High School in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

LAST SEASON: Bucci went 6-3 with a 4.31ERA in 13 games (12 starts) for the Helena Brewers in 2009.

LAST START: Bucci took the loss against Lansing on July 15 in the second game of the doubleheader at Time Warner Cable Field. Bucci allowed four runs on five hits over 6-2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out eight, but Lansing won 4-2.

LAST APPEARANCE: Picked up his first professional save with two scoreless innings at West Michigan on July 21. Bucci allowed two hits with a pair of walks and a strikeout.

THAT’S A STREAK: Bucci had a 15-1/3 inning scoreless streak end in the first inning against Burlington on May 23.

DOUBLING UP: Before moving to Helena for the 2009 Pioneer League season, Bucci made three relief appearances for Huntsville, the AA Southern League affiliate of the Brewers. In three games with the Stars, Bucci went 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA. However, two of those appearances for Huntsville were scoreless.

O, CANADA! Bucci pitched for Team Canada in the 2009 World Cup of baseball and helped them to the bronze medal in the competition. It was Canada’s first medal in the World Cup.

ALL-STAR ACTION: Bucci faced one batter in the 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game on June 22 in Fort Wayne. He got Bo Greenwell of Lake County to ground out to first base.

LEAGUE AWARD: The Pioneer League recognized Bucci as their pitcher of the week on July 20 for his performance for the week of July 13-19.

ORGANIZATION AWARDS: The Brewers named Bucci their minor league pitcher of the month for July, 2009. Bucci went 5-0 with a 2.13ERA during July last season. Bucci was also named the Brewers minor league pitcher of the month for May, 2010 by the Brewers. Bucci was 3-1 with a 1.13ERA in six games (five starts) for the Rattlers during May.

RATED: Baseball America rated Bucci as the #29 prospect in the Milwaukee Brewer organization in their 2010 Prospect Handbook. He was also ranked as the #17 prospect in the Pioneer League by BA after the 2009 season.

VS. SOUTH BEND: Bucci has never faced the Silver Hawks.

VS. DIAMONDBACKS: Bucci made three starts against Missoula, the Pioneer League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in 2009. He went 1-0 with a 5.14 ERA and allowed nine runs on 13 hits over 14 innings with six walks and nine strikeouts. Bucci allowed four homers to the Osprey in 2009, but only one to a current Silver Hawk (Keon Broxton).

INNINGS PITCHED: 7.1 - (8/22/09 @ Orem)
STRIKEOUTS: 9 (2x - Last: 7/15/09 @ Idaho Falls)

........2010 GAME-BY-GAME
4/9+..KC*........3.0..1 2 0..5..5 0.00
4/14..@BUR.......4.0..1 1 0..0..5 0.00
4/19..@QC*.......4.1..4 1 1..5..2 0.79
4/24..BEL........2.0..2 3 3..1..1 2.70
5/1+..@BEL* Loss 4.1..3 3 2..4..1 3.06
5/6...QC.........3.0..1 0 0..0..2 2.61
5/13..BEL*..Win..6.0..3 0 0..3..7 2.03
5/18..PEO*..Win..6.0..1 0 0..3..3 1.65
5/23..BUR*..Win..7.0..7 2 2..2..6 1.82
5/28..@CR*.......5.2..6 1 0..4..4 1.59
6/2...@FW*..Loss 6.2..7 3 2..3..7 1.74
6/9^..BG*...Loss 4.0..4 4 4..4..3 2.26
6/13..DAY*.......3.0 10 6 6..1..2 3.07
6/20..@KC*.......1.0..1 1 1..3..0 3.06
6/28..QC*........3.1..4 4 4..3..4 3.46
7/3...@BUR*......6.0..6 4 3..3..8 3.55
7/8...@BEL* Win..7.0..4 3 3..1..2 3.58
7/15+ LAN*..Loss.6.2..5 4 4..3..8 3.72
7/21 @WMI*..Save 2.0..2 0 0..2..1 3.63


RHP HIRAM BURGOS: Selected by Milwaukee in the 6th round of the 2009 draft out of Bethune-Cookman University. When he takes the mound in game two, Burgos will be making his first Midwest League start.

LAST SEASON: Burgos started his professional career with Helena, the Pioneer League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Burgos was 3-2 with a 5.62 ERA in 14 games (seven starts) with Helena.

LAST START: Burgos beat the Orem Owlz in a Pioneer League game on July 18. Burgos allowed one run on four hits with eight strikeouts over eight innings for Helena. The Pioneer League named Burgos as their Pitcher of the Week on July 19 for this performance.

LAST TIMBER RATTLERS APPEARANCE: Burgos tossed four innings of relief at Time Warner Cable Field on May 15 against the Beloit Snappers and took the loss. Burgos gave up a two-out RBI single in the top of the eighth inning that allowed the Snappers to take a 4-3 lead. He walked two and struck out two as the Rattlers lost by that 4-3 score.

AT B-CU: Burgos won 21 games and struck out 250 batters in a four year career with Bethune-Cookman. In his final season with the Wildcats, Burgos was 6-3 with a 3.74ERA and 94 strikeouts over 79-1/3 innings pitched. He was part of four straight MEAC championship teams and was a Second Team All-MEAC selection in 2007.

WINTER BALL: Burgos went on to pitch for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League this past offseason. He made 10 appearances (nine starts) and was 3-2 with a 2.27ERA. Burgos was named the PRWL Rookie of the Year for his performance.

START OF 2010: Burgos worked (mainly as the closer) out of the Timber Rattlers bullpen at the start of the season. He went 1-5 with a 5.40ERA and was 0-for-3 in save opportunities. Burgos was sent down to Helena after the appearance against Beloit on May 15. He was recalled from Helena after the start against Orem on July 18.

VS. SOUTH BEND: Tonight is the first time Burgos is facing the Silver Hawks.

VS. DIAMONDBACKS: Burgos has made four appearances (two starts) against the Missoula Osprey, the Pioneer League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in his career. Burgos was 0-1 in three games (one start) against Missoula in 2009 and allowed 14 runs (10 earned) on 19 hits over 8-1/3 innings with five walks and 11 strikeouts. Burgos also faced Missoula on June 22 of this season and allowed six runs on nine hits over four innings, but was not involved in the decision.

INNINGS PITCHED: 8.0 (7/18/10 v. Orem)
STRIKEOUTS: 10 (7/12/10 @Billings)

............2010 DAY-BY-DAY
........Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
4/9+ KC...Win..4.0 2 1 1..1..6..2.25
4/15 @BUR......1.0 0 0 0..0..0..1.80
4/19 @QC.......1.0 0 0 0..0..0..1.50
4/20 CR...Loss 2.0 4 3 2..1..1..3.38
4/24 BEL..Loss 2.0 4 2 2..1..1..4.50
4/29 @PEO......2.0 4 2 2..0..1..5.25
5/3..@BEL Loss 1.1 3 2 1..0..2..5.40
5/6..QC...Loss 0.2 2 2 2..1..1..6.43
5/9..CR........2.0 2 1 1..0 .1..6.19
5/15 BEL..Loss 4.0 2 1 1..2..2..5.40

..............2010 DAY-BY-DAY
..............Helena Brewers
6/22.Missoula*.........4.0 9 6 6..0...6 13.50
6/27 @Great Falls* Win 6.1 4 1 1..1...9 6.10
7/2..@Billings*....Win 7.0 4 1 1..0...8 4.15
7/7..Great Falls*......5.2 7 2 1..1...7 3.52
7/12.@Billings*........7.0 3 0 0..2..10 2.70
7/18.Orem*.........Win 8.0 4 1 1..1...8 2.37

^-Game one of a doubleheader
+-Game Two of a doubleheader

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