July 3, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Burlington Bees beat the Timber Rattlers 6-1. Burlington broke a 1-1 tie by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Rene Oriental hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to put the game away. Three Burlington pitchers held Wisconsin to three hits in the game.

FAST START: Wisconsin got consecutive doubles by D’Vontrey Richardson and Scooter Gennett to start Friday’s game. A Khris Davis sacrifice fly later in the inning put the Rattlers up 1-0. The Rattlers would get one hit the rest of the way.

IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN: Gennett is on an eight-game hitting streak to start the second half of the season. Gennett has had hitting streaks of 13 games and nine games this season.

BEES BUZZ: Jose Bonilla hit a solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game.

SHUTDOWN MODE: Burlington starting pitcher Keaton Hayenga Sugar Ray Marimon retired 13 straight batters after the double by Gennett. He set down 15 of the final 16 batters he faced in the game.

A CHANCE: Wisconsin loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the sixth. Kentrail Davis was hit by a pitch, Khris Davis singled, and Hunter Morris walked. But, reliever Sam Runion got a popup to end the inning.

THE TURNING POINT: The Bees had runners at second and third with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Gerard Hall sent a grounder to short that Michael Marseco mishandled for an error to allow the go-ahead run to score. Moments later, JD Alfaro tripled to drive in two runs for a 4-1 Burlington lead.

IT WAS UNEXPECTED: Marseco had only committed six errors at short before last night.

DEL’S THIRD IN A ROW: Rattlers starting pitcher Del Howell pitched his third straight quality start (6IP with three or fewer earned runs). Howell is 1-1 with a no decision in his last three starts. Last night, Howell set a new pro high for innings pitched in a game with 6-2/3. Over his last three starts, Howell has pitched 19 innings, allowed 15 hits, given up eight runs (five earned), walked seven, and struck out nine.

SCORING FIRST: The Rattlers have scored first in both games in this series. But, Burlington has won both games. Wisconsin is 18-21 in games in which they have scored the first run.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Burlington Bees are the Midwest League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. They finished the first half with a record of 22-47and in eighth place in the Midwest League’s Western Division. In 2009, the Bees went 29-41 in the first half, but qualified for the playoffs with a 35-34 second half record to win the wild card. Burlington advanced to the Midwest League Championship Series, but lost in three games to Fort Wayne. The Bees have won two straight Western Division titles. They were the Midwest League Champions in 2008. They have won four straight games to move their record to 4-4 at the start the second half.

2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers lead the season series with the Bees 7-5. 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 in the series before the Bees’ victories in the last two games.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .249 as a team. They have scored 362 runs (4.8/game) and hit 39 home runs. The Bees are hitting .238 as a team. They have scored 328 runs (4.3/game) and hit 38 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.32 while allowing a total of 374 runs (4.9/game) this season. Burlington pitchers have a team ERA of 5.19 while allowing 450 runs (5.8/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 115 errors. The Bees defense has committed 105 errors. Wisconsin is 13-22 in road games this season. Burlington is 14-26 at Community Field in 2010.

BURLINGTON STARTING PITCHER: RHP Nick Wooley was a 12th round pick of the Royals in the 2009 draft out of William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. Wooley was 8-1 with a 3.31ERA in 13 games (12 starts) with 89 strikeouts in 70-2/3 innings in his final season at WWU. He pitched for Idaho Falls in the Pioneer League last season and was 3-2 with a 4.78ERA in 13 games (9 starts) for the Chukars. In his start prior to this evening, Wooley allowed one run on four hits over seven innings on June 28 against Peoria. He walked three and struck out four, but was not involved in the decision. Wooley has faced the Timber Rattlers one time this season. On May 21 at Time Warner Cable Field, Wooley allowed one run on two hits over five innings and picked up the win. He walked one and struck out four in the 16-4 Burlington victory.

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