LAST ACTION: The Rattlers lost 11-10 to the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Monday afternoon. The Rattlers had leads of 6-0 and 10-6, but could not hold on for the win that would have put them at .500 for the second half. The Kernels scored one in the eighth and four in the ninth to complete the comeback.
HASN’T HAPPENED SINCE: The Rattlers also scored ten runs on Sunday afternoon against the Kernels. The last time the Rattlers scored 10 or more runs in consecutive games was August 18-19 of 2005.
FAST START: The Rattlers scored six runs in the second inning to match their season high for runs in one inning. The Rattlers had scored six in one frame two other times this season before Monday. Michael Marseco had a sacrifice fly to start the scoring. Cutter Dykstra singled in a run. Scooter Gennett hit a two-run homer and Hunter Morris hit a two-run triple to conclude the scoring in the inning.
TOUR de BASES: The Rattlers hit for a team cycle in the second inning. D’Vontrey Richardson had a double, Gennett had the homer, Morris had the triple, and Dykstra and Kentrail Davis each had a single.
SURGE: The Kernels hit a pair of homers off Jake Odorizzi to mount their first comeback. They scored a run in the third, two in the fourth, and three in the fifth. In all, the Kernels hit four homers on Monday.
BACK TO THE FRONT: Wisconsin their 10-6 lead with four runs in the seventh.
LATE IN THE EVENING: Cedar Rapids got a run in the eight. Then, in the ninth they scored two against Nick Bucci. Jon Pokorny came on, but allowed a two-out, two-strike single to Jose Jimenez that put the Kernels in front 11-10. That was just the second blown save of the season for Pokorny.
STREAKS: Dykstra extended his season-high hitting streak to ten games with a second inning single. Also, Kentrail Davis made his season-high hitting streak nine games with his second inning single. Dykstra has another streak going, too. He has scored at least one run in six consecutive games.
ON THE DL: In the bottom of the ninth inning, Dykstra was hit in the helmet with a 95mph fastball from Kernels closer Johnny Hellweg. Dykstra came out of the game at that point. He walked off the field on his own, but has been placed on the disabled list.
COMING UP: Connor Lind, non-drafted free agent out of Furman in 2009, has joined the Timber Rattlers from Helena.
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Beloit Snappers are the Midwest League affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Beloit missed the playoffs in the first half. They are 24-23 in the second half. Overall the Snappers have a 61-55 record. The Snappers are coming into the series with the Rattlers after dropping two out of three games at home to the Clinton LumberKings. The Snappers have lost two straight games and are 5-5 in their last ten games.
2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers and Snappers have played 14 times this season. Wisconsin is 4-10 against Beloit. The Rattlers are 2-5 versus the Snappers at Time Warner Cable Field. Wisconsin dropped two games to the Snappers April 23-24 at home. Beloit took three out of four at Pohlman Field May 1-3. The Rattlers were 2-3 against the Snappers in five games in Grand Chute May 13-16. The Snappers took two of three from Wisconsin in Beloit July 7-9.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .254 as a team. They have scored 558 runs (4.7/game) and hit 69 home runs. The Snappers are hitting .248 as a team. They have scored 535 runs (4.6/game) and hit 67 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.57 while allowing a total of 604 runs (5.1/game) this season. Beloit pitchers have a team ERA of 4.06 while allowing a total of 545 runs (4.7/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 159 errors. The Snappers defense has committed 140 errors. Wisconsin is 27-33 at home this season. Beloit is 28-28 on the road in 2010.
PROSPECTING: Baseball America’s 2010 Prospect Handbook placed two members of the current Snappers roster on its list of top 30 prospects in the Minnesota organization. Outfielder Aaron Hicks is ranked as the #1 prospect in the Twins organization. Infielder James Beresford is rated as the #30 prospect on that list.
BELOIT STARTING PITCHER: LHP Clint Dempster was the 16th round pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2010 draft out of Nichols University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. He was 6-6 with a 3.92ERA and 103 strikeouts in 98-2/3 innings pitched for the Southland Conference school. Dempster started his professional career with the Elizabethton Twins, Minnesota’s Appalachian League affiliate. He was 1-1 in four relief appearances for the Twins with an ERA of 2.35. He joined the Snappers in mid-July and is 2-2 with a save and a 3.38 ERA in seven appearances (four starts) for Beloit. In his last start, Dempster allowed a run on five hits over six innings against the Peoria Chiefs in a road game on August 11. He walked one and struck out three in that game. Tonight is Dempster’s first appearance against the Timber Rattlers. It is also his first appearance against an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.