ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Timber Rattlers beat the Bees 7-4. Michael Marseco drove in three runs and Hiram Burgos was the winning pitcher for Wisconsin. The win was the third straight for the Rattlers.
RATTLERS FIVE: The Timber Rattlers took a 5-0 lead by scoring three runs in the second and two more in the third. Marseco’s two-out, two-run single in the second inning put the Rattlers up 2-0. Kentrail Davis forced in a run by drawing a bases loaded walk later in the second. Austin Stockfisch and Marseco would drive in runs in the third inning for a five run lead.
GETTING THE JOB DONE: Davis has seven plate appearances with the bases loaded this season. He is 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and two sacrifice flies to drive in six runs in that situation.
DOING MORE: Davis also drove in a run in a two-run sixth inning with a triple after D’Vontrey Richardson doubled to start the inning. Davis is 21-for-55 (.382) with 34 RBI with runners in scoring position since joining the Rattlers.
JUST A LITTLE PATIENCE: The Rattlers drew nine walks last night. That matches a season high for the team.
BURGOS THE STARTER: Burgos is 4-0 with a 3.38ERA in six starts for the Timber Rattlers since rejoining the club in late July. Last night he allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings. Burgos struck out one and did not walk a batter.
HIGHWAY 101: The Timber Rattlers turned a pair of double plays last night. Wisconsin has 101 twin killings this season.
YO, ADRIAN! Adrian Rosario picked up the save last night. Last night was the second game in a row that Rosario picked up the save. He got the final three outs with a pair of strikeouts on Tuesday night is Cedar Rapids to complete the no-hitter against the Kernels. Last night, Rosario got the final four outs – retiring all four batters he faced – to get his second save of the season. Rosario struck out three more batters in Wednesday’s game. In his last six appearances, Rosario has struck out 24 opposing batters and walked four in 15-1/3 innings.
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Burlington Bees are the Midwest League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. They are the two-time defending Midwest League Western Division Champions. The Bees are 19-36 in the second half of the season. They are 41-83 overall this season.
2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers and Bees have played seventeen games this season. Wisconsin leads the season series 11-6. The Rattlers went 9-1 against the Bees at Time Warner Cable Field. However, Wisconsin is just 2-5 in seven games against Burlington at Community Field. The Bees took two out of three from Wisconsin in Burlington in a first half series from April 14-16. The Bees swept a three game set from Wisconsin at Community Field July 1-3.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .255 as a team. They have scored 601 runs (4.8/game) and hit 71 home runs. The Bees are hitting .235 as a team. They have scored 515 runs (4.2/game) and hit 58 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.74 while allowing a total of 664 runs (5.3/game) this season. Burlington pitchers have a team ERA of 5.33 while allowing a total of 729 runs (5.9/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 166 errors. The Bees defense has committed 152 errors. Wisconsin is 26-37 on the road this season. Burlington is 23-40 at home in 2010.
BURLINGTON STARTING PITCHER: RHP Keaton Hayenga was selected in the 31st round of the 2007 draft out of Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Washington. Hayenga did not pitch professionally until 2009 due to a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder during his senior season. He turned down a basketball scholarship to Washington State to play baseball. Hayenga made his professional debut in 2009 with the Burlington (NC) Royals of the Appalachian League. He went 4-7 with a 3.66 ERA in 13 starts. In his start prior to this evening, Hayenga took the loss against Burlington on August 21 at home. He allowed six runs on seven hits over five innings. Hayenga has faced Wisconsin four times in 2010. He lost at Wisconsin on June 26. The Rattlers scored eight runs on six hits over 5-1/3 innings and went on to an 11-7 win. The Rattlers also beat Hayenga on May 23 at Time Warner Cable Field. They got to him for seven runs (five earned) on nine hits and three walks over 4-1/3 innings. On July 1 at Community Field, Hayenga had a no decision, but allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings. Hayenga, Baseball America’s #23 rated prospect in the Kansas City organization, struck out four in that game. The last time he faced the Rattlers he had a no decision on July 12 at Time Warner Cable Field despite allowing six runs on nine hits over five innings. Hayenga has lost 12 straight decisions.