August 12, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Rattlers lost 9-7 to the River Bandits. Matt Adams homered, had four hits, and drove in five runs for Quad Cities. The Rattlers had an early 2-0 lead, fell behind 7-2, but their rallies fell just short. Chris Dennis had three RBI for the Timber Rattlers.

TWO IN THE FIRST: Back-to-back two-out RBI singles in the top of the first inning by Khris Davis and Dennis gave the Rattlers a 2-0 lead. The Rattlers have scored first in four straight games.

BANDITS TAKE THE LEAD: Quad Cities scored three runs in the first inning off Rattlers starter Nick Bucci. Colin Walsh hit a solo homer. Adams hit a two-run homer. A run scoring wild pitch in the second, and a three run fifth inning put the River Bandits up 7-2.

GETTING CLOSER: Wisconsin scored four times in the top of the sixth inning to get to within 7-6. Dennis knocked in two of the runs with a triple. But, Quad Cities got a run in the bottom of the sixth. The Rattlers scored a run in the top of the eighth to get to within 8-7, but the Bandits scored a run in the bottom of the eighth for a two-run cushion.

MR. ADAMS, YOU ARE DRIVING ME TO HOMICIDE: Adams had an RBI single as part of the three run fifth inning. Adams also delivered a two-out RBI single in the sixth and a two-out RBI double in the eighth. Adams leads the Midwest League in RBI with 78. He is tied with Ryan Franklin of Quad Cities for the league lead in homers with 19.

MULTIBALL: Scooter Gennett had two more hits last night and ran his league leading total to 136. He also scored two runs and leads the league in that category with 78. Gennett’s two-hits last night also gave him 43 multi-hit games this season.

MULTI-RBI: Dennis has 71 RBI and is third in the league in that category. He has 19 games with at least two RBI. Last night was the ninth time this season he has knocked in three runs in a game.

CALLING CLOCK: Last night’s 9-inning game took 3:34 to play. That is the longest 9-inning game played by the Rattlers this season.

A NOTE ABOUT THE PITCHERS: Three Wisconsin pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts last night. Nick Bucci (6), Efrain Nieves (4), and Santo Manzanillo (3) set a new team high for K’s in 9-inning game in 2010.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Quad Cities River Bandits are the Midwest League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. They finished the first half with a record of 40-29 and won the first half Western Division Wild Card. The River Bandits are currently 27-16 in the second half of the season to give them an overall record of 67-45.

2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers and River Bandits have played 12 games this season. The Rattlers are 4-8 against Quad Cities. The Rattlers are 2-3 at Quad Cities. Wisconsin dropped two out of three games at Modern Woodmen Park in a series April 17-19. In a rain-soaked series May 10-12, the Rattlers and River Bandits played a doubleheader on May 11 and the teams split the twinbill while the third game of the series on May 12 was rained out and not rescheduled.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .253 as a team. They have scored 520 runs (4.6/game) and hit 64 home runs. The River Bandits are hitting .258 as a team. They have scored 593 runs (5.3/game) and hit 97 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.52 while allowing a total of 572 runs (5.1/game) this season. Quad Cities pitchers have a team ERA of 3.92 while allowing a total of 523 runs (4.7/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 154 errors. The River Bandits defense has committed 140 errors. Wisconsin is 21-35 in road games this season. Quad Cities is 33-22 at home in 2010.

QUAD CITIES STARTING PITCHER: RHP Joe Kelly was a third round pick of the Cardinals out of the University of California-Riverside in the 2009 draft. He had 24 saves in his career with UC-Riverside. Last season, Kelley went 2-3 with a save in 16 games, two starts for the Batavia Muckdogs, the New York-Penn League affiliate of the Cardinals. So far in 2010, Kelly is 6-6 with a 3.46ERA and a save in 22 games (15 starts) for the River Bandits. In his start prior to this evening, Kelly pitched just 2/3 of an inning at Peoria on August 7. He gave up three runs on a hit, three walks, and a hitbatsman. Kelly has made two appearances against the Timber Rattlers this season. He was the winning pitcher on April 17 at Modern Woodmen Park. Kelly allowed a run on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts over 4-1/3 relief innings. He made a start at Time Warner Cable Field on June 29 and allowed three runs on five hits and four walks over six innings for a no decision. Kelly is rated as the #21 prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America.

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