ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Rattlers lost 11-1 to the Kernels. Ariel Pena struck out twelve over a complete game three-hitter. Cedar Rapids scored seven runs in the first three innings and pulled away with four more in the seventh inning.
TEN OR MORE BLUES: The Rattlers have given up 10 or more runs in a game in their last two games. They have allowed opponents to reach double digits in runs in four of the last five games. Wisconsin has allowed 10 more runs in a game 17 times this season.
END OF THE LINE: D’Vontrey Richardson flew out to left on the first pitch of the game last night. That ended a streak of 11 consecutive plate appearances in which he reached base.
NIGHT OF THE HUNTER: Rattlers first baseman Hunter Morris had two of Wisconsin’s three hits last night. He also reached on a walk.
A TALE OF TWO INNINGS: The Rattlers loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the seventh inning. They scored a run on an Austin Stockfisch sacrifice fly. The Kernels loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. They scored four times with two outs on an RBI single by Jon Karcich, a walk to Jean Segura, and a two-run single by Matt Long.
REBOUND: On August 15 at Time Warner Cable Field, Ariel Pena gave up six runs on five hits and walked seven with two strikeouts over five innings in a loss to the Rattlers. Last night, Pena walked two and hit one as he struck out 12.
A NOTE ABOUT THE SEASON SERIES: The Kernels are 12-5 against Wisconsin this season. They have outscored the Rattlers 109-75 in the 17 games. The Rattlers pitchers have an ERA of 6.11 in this series, while the Kernels staff has an ERA of 3.98.
A NOTE ABOUT THE SEASON SERIES HERE: Wisconsin is just 1-7 in eight games at Perfect Game Field this season. The Kernels have outscored the Rattlers 52-21 in those eight games. Wisconsin has a team ERA of 7.03 in Cedar Rapids. The Kernels have an ERA of 2.31 against the Rattlers at Perfect Game Field.
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Cedar Rapids Kernels are the Midwest League affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. They finished the first half with a record of 43-25 and won the first half Western Division. The Kernels are currently 30-23 in the second half of the season to give them an overall record of 73-48. The Kernels dropped the final two games of their three game series with Kane County at home before starting this series with Wisconsin.
2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers and Kernels have played 17 games this season. The Rattlers are 5-12 against Cedar Rapids. The Rattlers are 1-7 at Perfect Game Field against the Kernels. Wisconsin beat Cedar Rapids two out of three times in a series at Time Warner Cable Field April 20-22. The Kernels swept a three-game series May 7-9 from the Rattlers in Wisconsin. The May 7 game was played at Miller Park. The final two games of the series were at Time Warner Cable Field. The Kernels swept a four game series from the Rattlers at Perfect Game Field from May 28-31. Wisconsin went 1-2 in a three game set at Cedar Rapids July 4-6. In their most recent series, Wisconsin took two of three from the Kernels August 14-16.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .255 as a team. They have scored 583 runs (4.8/game) and hit 69 home runs. The Kernels are hitting .277 as a team. They have scored 666 runs (5.5/game) and hit 78 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.76 while allowing a total of 645 runs (5.3/game) this season. Cedar Rapids pitchers have a team ERA of 3.80 while allowing a total of 515 runs (4.3/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 161 errors. The Kernels defense has committed 117 errors. Wisconsin is 23-36 on the road this season. Cedar Rapids is 41-20 at home in 2010.
CEDAR RAPIDS STARTING PITCHER: LHP Max Russell was the fourth round pick of the Angels in the 2010 draft out of Florida Southern. In his final season with the Moccasins, Russell went 11-2 in 15 starts with a 4.15ERA and 109 strikeouts in 95-1/3 innings pitched. Russell started his professional career with the Orem Owlz of the Pioneer League and went 4-0 in seven games (six starts). He struck out 31 in 31-2/3 innings with the Owlz before joining the Kernels to start August. Russell is 1-2 in four starts with Cedar Rapids. In his start prior to this afternoon, Russell got a no decision at Time Warner Cable Field on August 16. The Rattlers scored six runs on eight hits over 4-2/3 innings against Russell in that game. Russell walked four and struck out two in his first ever appearance against the Timber Rattlers. Russell has made one other appearance against an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, a start against Helena in the Pioneer League affiliate on July 26. Russell got the win at home and allowed two runs on five hits with six strikeouts over five innings.