July 4, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Burlington Bees beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 7-6 in 14 innings. Drew Robertson drove in the winning run with an RBI single to right in the bottom of the fourteenth. Burlington had leads of 4-1 and 5-4. The Rattlers took a 6-5 lead in the top of the twelfth. Wisconsin had four homers in the game.

LONG NIGHTS: In their last six games, Wisconsin has played two 14 inning games and one 12 inning game.

COMEBACK: The Rattlers used the long ball to climb back into the game. Cutter Dykstra hit a solo homer in the fifth to get Wisconsin on the board. Scooter Gennett hit a two run homer in the sixth and one out later Hunter Morris tied the game 4-4 with a solo homer. Khris Davis hit a leadoff homer in the eighth inning to tied the game 5-5.

FIRST! The home run by Morris, the 4th round pick of the Brewers in the 2010 draft, was his first as a pro.

LONG LIVE THE KING: The homer by Davis was his twelfth of the season. The reigning MWL Home Run Derby Champion has hit four homers in the first nine games of the second half.

STILL SCOOTING: Gennett is on a nine-game hitting streak to start the second half. He had three hits last night and is now 16-for-43 (.372) in the second half to raise his batting average for the season to .337. He is second in the Midwest League in the batting race.

HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? The teams traded runs in the twelfth inning on bases loaded walks.

RUN PREVENTION: The Rattlers went to a five infielder alignment in the bottom of the twelfth inning with the bases loaded, one out, and the game tied. It worked. Gerard Hall’s grounder over the mound was fielded by Michael Marseco on the grass in front of second base. Marseco threw home for the out and the Rattlers escaped the inning with a strikeout for the final out of the frame.

HISTORY WAS TIED: The Bees and the Timber Rattlers matched a Midwest League record that has stood since 1949 last night. On July 24, 1949 Paducah Chiefs and the Bellville Stags of the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League combined to drop eight sacrifice bunts in a game. Last night, the Bees had six sac bunts and the Rattlers had two. The MOV League became the Midwest League in 1956.

NUMBERS: Wisconsin was 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position last night. Burlington went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position in the game.

MORE NUMBERS: Last night was the fourteenth blown save by the Timber Rattlers bullpen. Wisconsin is 3-22 in games decided by one run. Opponents have won 19 games in their final at bat. Saturday was the seventh time the Rattlers have been ‘walked off’ this season.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Cedar Rapids Kernels are the Midwest League affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In 2009, the Kernels went 72-66 and made the playoffs. Cedar Rapids was 40-30 in the first half and won the Western Division Wild Card. In 2010, the Kernels won the first half Western Division with a record of 43-25. They are off to a 5-4 start in the second half. In their most recent series, Cedar Rapids won the final two games of a three game series at home against the Clinton LumberKings.

2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers are 2-8 against the Kernels this season. Wisconsin beat Cedar Rapids two out of three times in a series at Time Warner Cable Field April 20-22. The Kernels swept a three-game series May 7-9 from the Rattlers. The May 7 game was played at Miller Park. The final two games of the series were at Time Warner Cable Field. The Kernels swept a four game series from the Rattlers at Perfect Game Field from May 28-31.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .248 as a team. They have scored 368 runs (4.8/game) and hit 43 home runs. The Kernels are hitting .267 as a team. They have scored 418 runs (5.4/game) and hit 40 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.32 while allowing a total of 381 runs (4.9/game) this season. Cedar Rapids pitchers have a team ERA of 3.66 while allowing 319 runs (4.1/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 116 errors. The Kernels defense has committed 81 errors. Wisconsin is 13-23 in road games this season. Cedar Rapids is 27-9 at Perfect Game Field in 2010.

PROSPECTING: Baseball America’s 2010 Prospect Handbook placed seven members of the current Cedar Rapids roster on their list of Top 30 prospects in the Angels organization before the season. There are four members of Baseball America’s Top 10 in the Angels system on the Cedar Rapids roster. Outfielder Mike Trout is #3 on the list. Other players in the Top 10 are: Pitchers Garrett Richards (#5), Fabio Martinez (#6), and Tyler Skaggs (#8). Also on the list are infielder Jean Segura (#13), pitcher Tyler Kehrer (#18), and catcher Carlos Ramirez (#20). Outfielder Randal Grichuk (#7) and pitcher Jon Bachanov (#19) are currently on the DL.

CEDAR RAPIDS STARTING PITCHER: RHP Garrett Richards was selected out of Oklahoma as a junior with the 42nd overall pick in the 2009 draft. Richards was 9-4 with a 6.00ERA and struck out 85 over 75 innings. In his first pro season, Richards was 3-1 with a 1.53ERA and 30 strikeouts in 35-1/3 innings over eight starts with Orem. In his start prior to this evening, Richards lost at Beloit on June 29. He gave up eight runs (six earned) on six hits and six walks with seven strikeouts. Richards has made two starts and is 2-0 against the Rattlers in 2010. On May 9 at Time Warner Cable Field, Richards pitched a 9-inning complete game against the Rattlers. He allowed one run on four hits and struck out 10 with three walks. On May 31 at Cedar Rapids, Richards pitched six shutout innings, allowed four hits, and struck out 11 with no walks. Richards is rated as the #5 prospect in the Angels organization by Baseball America.

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