ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Timber Rattlers beat the Peoria Chiefs 3-1. Hiram Burgos allowed one run over seven innings to pick up the win. Cameron Garfield broke a 1-1 tie with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME: Burgos turned 23 on Wednesday.
IT DON’T COME EASY: Burgos allowed a run in the first inning. He allowed three hits and a walk in the frame and the Rattlers trailed 1-0.
DAY OF THE HUNTER: Hunter Morris hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth inning. His fifth home run of the season tied the game 1-1.
GARFIELD! The Rattlers loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a double by Kentrail Davis and back-to-back walks issued to Chris Dennis and Khris Davis. The walk to Davis knocked Peoria starting pitcher Frank Batista out of the game. Garfield greeted Peoria reliever Ronny Morla with a single to center to drive in the go-ahead runs.
WELCOME BACK: Efrain Nieves made his first appearance for the Timber Rattlers since July 10 against Burlington when he pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Nieves had been pitching for Puerto Rico in the Central American Games. Puerto Rico finished fourth in the baseball competition. They lost to Mexico 1-0 in the semifinal game and 7-6 to Nicaragua in the bronze medal game. Nieves appeared in two games and went 1-0 in nine innings. Those were the only stats that could be found at this time.
CLOSE IT DOWN: Jon Pokorny picked up his eleventh save of the season yesterday. He is 11-for-12 in save opportunities. The Timber Rattlers club record for saves in a season is 19 and it is held by John Thompson who set the record in 1995.
DAY TRIPPERS: The Timber Rattlers are 18-16 in day games 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 17-19 in the second half and are currently 55-50 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 3-8 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 490 runs (4.6/game) and hit 61 home runs. The Chiefs are hitting .263 as a team. They have scored 493 runs (4.7/game) and hit 46 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.37 while allowing a total of 524 runs (4.9/game) this season. Peoria pitchers have a team ERA of 4.05 while allowing a total of 496 runs (4.7/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 147 errors. The Chiefs defense has committed 132 errors. Wisconsin is 25-30 in home games this season. Peoria is 22-32 on the road in 2010.
PEORIA STARTING PITCHER: RHP Su-Min Jung was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Korea in 2008. Jung is 6-3 with a 3.84ERA in 19 games (11 starts) for the Chiefs this season. Tonight is his first start since July 19 when he pitched two innings and allowed a run on three hits against Bowling Green. In his appearance prior to this evening, Jung picked up the win with four scoreless innings at Beloit on July 31. He gave up two hits and struck out eight. Jung has made one appearance against the Timber Rattlers this season. He made the start at O’Brien Field on April 28 and gave up two runs on five hits and three walks over four innings. Jung was not involved in the decision in that game.