ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Rattlers beat the River Bandits 7-6. Michael Marseco and Cameron Garfield each had three hits. Marseco added three stolen bases and three RBI. Khris Davis added his 19th home run and Jon Pokorny shut the door with a perfect ninth inning for his 13th save.
FAST STARTS: Wisconsin scored twice in the top of the third inning. Kentrail Davis knocked in a run with a single and Khris Davis sent a run home with a fielder’s choice. The Rattlers have scored first in five straight games.
RAISE IT UP: Wisconsin took a 5-0 lead with three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Garfield singled in the first run and Marseco singled in the next two.
GO, BAMA! Del Howell was the starter for the Rattlers on Thursday. He pitched five innings and allowed two unearned runs while working around five hits and four walks. He struck out five and was in line for the win.
ROLL TIDE! Howell also picked a runner off first. It was the fourth time he has picked a runner off base this season. Howell leads the team in that category.
TEAM-UP: Garfield collected his second double of the game in the top of the sixth. Marseco drove him in with a two-out single.
GETTING CLOSER: Davis hit an opposite field home run in the top of the seventh inning to give the Rattlers a 7-3 lead. Davis is within two home runs of the franchise record of 21.
HICCUP: Maverick Lasker gave up a three-run homer to Rainel Rosario in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 7-6.
HERE COMES THE CAVALRY: Matt Costello retired the next two batters in the eighth and Pokorny retired the side in order in the ninth.
STEAL AWAY: Cutter Dykstra stole two bases to go along with the three by Marseco. The five total steals by the Rattlers were the most in a game this season and erased the previous high of four which was set in the second game of a doubleheader on April 9.
CALLING CLOCK: Last night’s 9-inning game took 3:16 to play. The Rattlers have played three straight 9-inning games of over three hours. Prior to the current streak, Wisconsin had just two 9-inning games of over three hours in the second half.
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 27-17 in the second half of the season to give them an overall record of 67-46.
2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers and River Bandits have played 13 games this season. The Rattlers are 5-8 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 527 runs (4.6/game) and hit 65 home runs. The River Bandits are hitting .258 as a team. They have scored 599 runs (5.3/game) and hit 98 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.52 while allowing a total of 578 runs (5.1/game) this season. Quad Cities pitchers have a team ERA of 3.94 while allowing a total of 530 runs (4.7/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 156 errors. The River Bandits defense has committed 141 errors. Wisconsin is 22-35 in road games this season. Quad Cities is 33-23 at home in 2010.
QUAD CITIES STARTING PITCHER: RHP Eric Fornataro was selected in the sixth round of the 2008 draft out of Miami Dade Community College. He was 6-8 with a save and 3.03ERA in 26 career games (15 starts) in the Cardinals organization coming into this season. Fornataro went 0-5 with the River Bandits in seven games (six starts) at the end of the 2009 season. In his start prior to this evening, Fornataro took the loss at Peoria on August 8. He allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits over four innings. Fornataro has lost four of his last five starts and four straight decisions. In four starts against the Timber Rattlers this season, Fornataro is 1-2 with an ERA of 5.32. In 22 innings, he has given up 17 runs (13 earned) on 30 hits with four walks and 13 strikeouts. In his last start against Wisconsin, the Rattlers got to him for four runs on ten hits over seven innings on June 30 at Time Warner Cable Field. Wisconsin won that game 4-1.