July 29, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Chiefs beat the Timber Rattlers 8-3. Peoria scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning and tacked on a run in the fifth and three more in the bottom of the seventh to grab an 8-1 lead. The Rattlers scored single runs in the third, eighth, and ninth innings to account for their runs.

EVEN IN ONE REGARD…:  Both teams had 10 hits last night.

…BUT NOT THE OTHER: Peoria went 5-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Wisconsin was 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

DOUBLE SHOT: Six of Peoria’s 10 hits were doubles.

GOING DEEP: Hunter Morris hit a solo homer in the top of the ninth inning. Morris has homered in his last two games to give him four since joining the Rattlers. He also extended his current hitting streak to four games, his longest as a professional. Morris is 8-for-17 during his current streak.

ABOUT THAT: The Timber Rattlers have hit 57 home runs in 99 games during the 2010 season. Wisconsin hit 62 homers in 139 games during the 2009 season.

HICCUPS: The Rattlers committed three errors last night, including two on one play. In the first six games of the current nine game road trip committed a total of three errors.

SOMETHING ABOUT THIS PLACE: Wisconsin is 1-10 in their last 11 games at O’Brien Field. The Timber Rattlers were 1-6 against the Chiefs here last year. They are 0-4 against them at O'Brien Field this year.

SNAPSHOT: A quick look at the second half playoff standings in the Western Division of the Midwest League:

Kane County..17-14 .548..--
Wisconsin....15-16 .484..2.0
Beloit.......14-15 .483..2.0
Clinton......14-16 .467..2.5
Burlington...13-16 .448..3.0
Peoria.......13-16 .448..3.0

The Timber Rattlers are .001 ahead of Beloit for the second half Western Division Wild Card, but Wisconsin has one more loss and two more games played than Beloit in this half. Wisconsin is also even in the loss column with Clinton, Burlington, and Peoria.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Peoria Chiefs are the Midwest League affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Peoria went 38-31 in the first half and missed the playoffs. They finished two games behind Quad Cities for the Western Division Wild Card. Peoria is 13-16 in the second half and are currently 51-47 overall this season. In their most recent series, the Chiefs took two out of three at Lake County. The Chiefs are managed by former UW-Oshkosh Titan player Casey Kopitzke.

2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers and Chiefs have played seven games this season, all in the first half and Wisconsin is 1-6 against the Chiefs. Peoria swept a three game series from the Rattlers at O’Brien Field from April 27-29 by scores of 5-4, 4-2, and 8-7. The Chiefs took two out of three from the Rattlers at Time Warner Cable Field May 18-20. The Chiefs won their two games in Grand Chute 11-7 and 9-6 in 15 innings. The Rattlers beat the Chiefs 14-1 on May 18.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .255 as a team. They have scored 472 runs (4.8/game) and hit 57 home runs. The Chiefs are hitting .263 as a team. They have scored 461 runs (4.7/game) and hit 42 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.49 while allowing a total of 498 runs (5.0/game) this season. Peoria pitchers have a team ERA of 4.10 while allowing a total of 470 runs (4.8/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 139 errors. The Chiefs defense has committed 124 errors. Wisconsin is 19-30 in road games this season. Peoria is 31-18 at home in 2010.

PEORIA STARTING PITCHER: RHP Rob Whitenack was an eighth round pick of the Cubs in the 2009 draft out of SUNY-Old Westbury. He was the first ever player drafted out of that State University of New York school. In 2009, he pitched for the Boise Hawks in the Northwest League and was 0-4 with a 4.80ERA in 15 games (12 starts). Whitenack is 8-7 with a save in 20 appearances (19 starts) for the Chiefs this season. IN his last start, Whitenack faced the TinCaps at Fort Wayne on July 23. He allowed a run on four hits and struck out six over six innings, but was not involved in the decision. Whitenack has faced the Timber Rattlers twice this season. On April 29 at O’Brien Field, he allowed three runs on three hits with three walks, a hit batsman and four strikeouts over 4-2/3 innings for a no decision. On May 18 at Time Warner Cable Field, he gave up 10 runs (nine earned) on 11 hits over 3-2/3 innings and was tagged with the loss. He hit a batter, walked two, and struck out three in that start.

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