ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Rattlers lost 14-7 to the Beloit Snappers. Wisconsin had a 3-2 lead until Beloit scored eight times in the top of the third innings. Reggie Williams had three hits and was missing a double for the cycle.
EARLY ON: Williams tripled on the second pitch of the game and scored on a single by James Beresford, the second hitter of the game. The Rattler took the lead with a run in the first, an RBI double by Hunter Morris, and two runs in the second, an RBI single by Scooter Gennett and a sacrifice fly by Kentrail Davis.
THEN…The first two Snappers of the third inning reached on a walk and a single. Rattlers starting pitcher Damon Krestalude got the first out on a pop up. The next six batters reached base on three doubles, two singles, and a home run. The home run, a three-run shot by Williams, came off reliever Santo Manzanillo and gave the Snappers a 10-3 lead.
SALT ON THE WOUND: Beloit added four runs off Manzanillo in the sixth inning and went up 14-3.
DOUBLE DIGITS: Wisconsin pitchers have allowed 10 or more runs in a game 15 times this season. That includes 12 times in games at home.
SILVER LININGS: Reliever Andy Sauter pitched three scoreless innings and struck out six for Wisconsin. Wisconsin scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings and added two runs in the ninth.
KEEP ON HITTING: Scooter Gennett had a pair of hits and raised his average to .320. He had his 45th multi-hit game of the season last night. Gennett also scored a run. He leads current MWL players in batting average, hits (143), and runs (83).
A NOTE ABOUT ATTENDANCE: The Timber Rattlers drew 5,578 fans last night, which was the highest attendance in the Midwest League on Wednesday. That marked the twelfth crowd of over 5,000 the fifteenth sellout at Time Warner Cable Field in 2010. In 2009, the Rattlers had 11 games at Time Warner Cable Field with an attendance of over 5,000 and 18 sellouts.
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 25-23 in the second half. Overall the Snappers have a 62-55 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 ended a two game losing streak last night and are 5-5 in their last ten games.
2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers and Snappers have played 15 times this season. Wisconsin is 4-11 against Beloit. The Rattlers are 2-6 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 .255 as a team. They have scored 565 runs (4.7/game) and hit 69 home runs. The Snappers are hitting .250 as a team. They have scored 549 runs (4.7/game) and hit 68 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.65 while allowing a total of 618 runs (5.2/game) this season. Beloit pitchers have a team ERA of 4.08 while allowing a total of 552 runs (4.7/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 159 errors. The Snappers defense has committed 142 errors. Wisconsin is 27-34 at home this season. Beloit is 29-28 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: RHP Pedro Guerra was signed by the Twins as a non-drafted free agent out of Venezuela in 2006. He pitched in the Venezuelan Summer League in 2007 and in the Dominican Summer League in 2008 and 2009. In 46 games (34 starts) in the Minnesota organization before this season, Guerra was 21-6 with a 2.10 ERA, 192 strikeouts, and 40 walks in 214-2/3 innings. Last season, Guerra was 7-0 with a save in 14 games (10 starts) with a 0.38ERA and 75 strikeouts in 71 innings. Guerra started the 2010 season with the Gulf Coast League affiliate of the Twins and went 2-2 in eight games (seven starts). He made his Midwest League debut on August 7 at Cedar Rapids and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over five innings with three walks and five strikeouts. In his start prior to this evening, Guerra pitched seven shutout innings and gave up four hits while striking out four to win at Peoria. Tonight is Guerra’s first appearance against the Rattlers and against an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.