ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Timber Rattlers beat the Peoria Chiefs 5-1. Maverick Lasker pitched seven innings and allowed one unearned run on three hits for his seventh win of the season. Chris Dennis doubled twice and drove in three runs to lead the offense.
MY SACRIFICE: Kentrail Davis drove in a pair of runs with a pair of sacrifice flies last night. He gave the Rattlers a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with his first sacrifice fly. The second sacrifice fly by Davis came in the bottom of the third and broke a 1-1 tie.
FOR COMPARISON SAKE: The Midwest League record for sacrifice flies in a game is three and is shared by three players. The last time a player had three in a game was when Aaron Miles of Quad City had three on August 3, 1997.
PERMISSION TO BUZZ THE TOWER: Lasker struck out three, walked one, and hit one over seven innings for his team-leading seventh win of the season.
HEY, ABBOTT! Matt Costello worked two perfect innings for his first save with the Timber Rattlers.
THE MENACE: The three RBI for Dennis gave him 64 on the season. He is tied for third in the Midwest League in that category.
NOT THE USUAL: D’Vontrey Richardson and Michael Marseco had the start of the ballgame off last night. Cutter Dykstra was the leadoff batter for the Rattlers in the game. Richardson has been the leadoff hitter in 99 games in 2010. Last night was the second time Dykstra was a leadoff batter. Scooter Gennett started at short for the first time since May 5. Joey Paciorek got the start at second for the first time this season.
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Peoria Chiefs are the Midwest League affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Peoria went 38-31 in the first half and missed the playoffs. They finished two games behind Quad Cities for the Western Division Wild Card. Peoria is 17-18 in the second half and are currently 55-49 overall this season. In their most recent series, the Chiefs took two out of three at Beloit. The Chiefs are managed by former UW-Oshkosh Titan player Casey Kopitzke.
2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers and Peoria have played 10 games this season and Wisconsin is 2-8 against the Chiefs. Peoria swept a three game series from the Rattlers at O’Brien Field from April 27-29 by scores of 5-4, 4-2, and 8-7. The Chiefs took two out of three from the Rattlers at Time Warner Cable Field May 18-20. The Chiefs won their two games in Grand Chute 11-7 and 9-6 in 15 innings. The Rattlers beat the Chiefs 14-1 on May 18. In the first three games in the second half, Peoria swept three games at O’Brien Field from July 28-30.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .253 as a team. They have scored 487 runs (4.6/game) and hit 60 home runs. The Chiefs are hitting .263 as a team. They have scored 492 runs (4.7/game) and hit 46 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.41 while allowing a total of 523 runs (5.0/game) this season. Peoria pitchers have a team ERA of 4.05 while allowing a total of 493 runs (4.7/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 147 errors. The Chiefs defense has committed 131 errors. Wisconsin is 24-30 in home games this season. Peoria is 22-31 on the road in 2010.
PEORIA STARTING PITCHER: RHP Frank Batista was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Cubs in January of 2009. He pitched for the Cubs affiliate in the Dominican Summer League last season and went 4-2 with a 3.55ERA in 15 games (nine starts) with 63 strikeouts and seven walks over 58-1/3 innings pitched. Batista joined the Chiefs from extended spring training in late May of this season. In his start prior to this afternoon, Batista beat the Timber Rattlers at O’Brien Field on July 30. He allowed two runs on five hits and struck out six over five innings. Batista has made 15 appearances (four starts) before today for the Chiefs. He is 2-2 with two saves and 43 strikeouts over 37-1/3 innings. Batista has walked nine batters this season.