ABOUT MONDAY: The Cougars beat the Timber Rattlers 4-3. Wisconsin trailed 4-1 heading to the bottom of the ninth inning. They scored two runs and had the bases loaded with no outs, but Ryan Doolittle got the final three outs to deny the Rattlers the comeback win.
FOUR! The Cougars scored a run in the top of the second and three runs in the top of the third to grab a 4-0 lead.
IN PERSPECTIVE: Rattlers starting pitcher Hiram Burgos walked six batters in 5-1/3 innings yesterday. In his two starts prior to Monday, Burgos had pitched 14 innings without issuing a single walk.
21: One of the Kane County runs in the third inning scored on a bases loaded walk. Wisconsin pitchers have walked 21 batters with the bases loaded this season, the most in the Midwest League.
COMEBACK STARTS: Cameron Garfield doubled and took third base on an error with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Michael Marseco followed with a double to drive in Garfield.
HEATING UP: Kentrail Davis singled and Hunter Morris doubled to start the bottom of the ninth. A wild pitch on ball four to Khris Davis sent Kentrail Davis home. D’Vontrey Richardson doubled off the wall in left to drive in Morris and send Khris Davis to third with the tying run.
COOLED OFF: Doolittle came out of the bullpen and intentionally walked Chris Dennis to load the bases. Then, he got a 5-2-3 double play and a leaping grab by Leonardo Gil on a line drive to third to end the game.
DAY GAMES: Monday was the final day game at home for the Rattlers. Wisconsin is 20-20 in day games this season. There is one more day game on the schedule, Labor Day afternoon at Kane County.
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Kane County Cougars are the Midwest League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Kane County is 34-28 in the second half. They currently hold the Second Half Western Division Wild Card spot. Kane County is 66-65 overall. They are coming into the series with the Rattlers after taking two out of three games at Beloit August 25-27.
2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers and Cougars have met 11 times this season. Wisconsin is 7-4 against Kane County in 2010. Wisconsin took two of three from the Cougars at Time Warner Cable Field April 9-10. In a three game series at Kane County May 25-27, the Rattlers won two of three. Wisconsin also swept an abbreviated two game series at Elfstrom Stadium June 19-20. Wisconsin and Kane County wrap up the 2010 season with a three game series at Elfstrom Stadium September 4-6.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .255 as a team. They have scored 629 runs (4.8/game) and hit 74 home runs. The Cougars are hitting .253 as a team. They have scored 634 runs (4.8/game) and hit 62 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.82 while allowing a total of 700 runs (5.3/game) this season. Kane County pitchers have a team ERA of 3.89 while allowing a total of 584 runs (4.5/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 171 errors. The Cougars defense has committed 156 errors. Wisconsin is 29-37 at home this season. Kane County is 31-37 on the road in 2010.
KANE COUNTY STARTING PITCHER: RHP Aaron Larsen was selected out of Bethany College by the Oakland Athletics in the 34th round of the 2010 draft. Larsen was 1-4 with a 3.25ERA in 13 games and was a Second Team All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference selection as both a pitcher and a shortstop. Larsen went 5-2 with a 2.89ERA in 14 games (four starts) for the Arizona League affiliate of the A’s after signing with them. Tonight is his first Midwest League affiliate. In his start prior to tonight, Larsen pitched five shutout innings and allowed one hit against the Giants on August 26. Larsen made his first professional start against the Brewers Arizona League affiliate on August 5 and allowed five runs (one earned) on four hits over 2-1/3 innings. That is his only appearance against an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.