July 8, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Timber Rattlers lost 5-1 to the Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field on Wednesday night. Danny Rams homered and drove in three runs for the Snappers. Kane Holbrooks pitched five scoreless innings in his first start of the season to get the win.

EARLY ON: Wisconsin had a couple of chances to score the first run of the game. Hunter Morris doubled with one out in the top of the second inning, but was left stranded. Scooter Gennett tripled with one out in the top of the fourth inning, but he was left stranded, too.

GRABBING THE LEAD: The Snappers scored three times off Rattlers starting pitcher Del Howell in the bottom of the fourth inning. Josmil Pinto doubled to start the inning. Andrew Hidalgo drove in Pinto with a one-out double. Rams hit a two-out, two-run homer to give the Snappers the 3-0 lead.

HEAD START: The Snappers put their leadoff man on base in each of the first six innings.

FIVE: Beloit tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning. Wang Wei Lin doubled in a run, stole third, and scored on a sac fly by Rams.

THE RUN: Morris doubled again in the seventh inning. Chris Dennis drove in Morris with a double.

FINICKY HITTER: Morris has 16 hits in his 16 games with the Timber Rattlers. He has seven doubles and a home run. That makes half of his hits extra base hits.

CO-LEADER: Dennis has 53 RBI this season. He is tied with Matt Davidson of South Bend and Casey Haerther of Cedar Rapids for first in the Midwest League in that category.

SCOOTER! Gennett’s triple extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Gennett is 22-60 (.367) during the streak that started with the first game of the second half. Fourteen of the 22 hits are for extra bases for Gennett (11 doubles, two triples, and a home run). He has at least extra base hit in eight straight games.

THE ROAD SO FAR: In the first seven games of their current nine game road trip, the Rattlers are 1-6. Wisconsin was swept in three games at Burlington and dropped two of three at Cedar Rapids.

2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers are 3-9 against Beloit this season. The Snappers took three out of four games from Wisconsin at Pohlman Field in a series from May 1-4. The Rattlers went 2-4 in six games at Time Warner Cable Field against the Snappers in the first half.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .248 as a team. They have scored 380 runs (4.7/game) and hit 44 home runs. The Snappers are hitting .246 as a team. They have scored 364 runs (4.4/game) and hit 43 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.47 while allowing a total of 409 runs (5.0/game) this season. Beloit pitchers have a team ERA of 3.91 while allowing a total of 365 runs (4.5/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 117 errors. The Snappers defense has committed 96 errors. Wisconsin is 14-26 in road games this season. Beloit is 23-19 at Pohlman Field in 2010.

BELOIT STARTING PITCHER: RHP Michael Tonkin was the 30th round pick of the Twins in the 2008 draft out of Palmdale (CA) High School. He spent the previous two seasons in the Gulf Coast League and compiled a record of 3-5 and a 3.56ERA in 17 games (10 starts). Tonkin struck out 68 over 65-2/3 innings pitched in the Gulf Coast League. He made his Midwest League debut on May 11, 2010 against the Kane County Cougars at Pohlman Field and gave up three runs on six hits over four innings. Tonkin did not walk a batter and struck out four and was charged with the loss. He is 2-5 with a 3.70 ERA in 10 starts this season. In his start prior to this evening, Tonkin won his second straight decision by beating Quad Cities at Pohlman Field. He allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits over 6-2/3 innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Tonkin has faced the Timber Rattlers once this season. On May 16 at Time Warner Cable Field, he pitched seven shutout innings and gave up three hits. In that start at Wisconsin, Tonkin struck out six and did not walk a batter, but he was not involved in the decision. Wisconsin rallied from a 1-0 deficit by scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat Beloit 3-1.

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