ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Peoria Chiefs beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 13-1. The Chiefs scored in each of the first four innings to take a 6-0 lead. They added six runs in the eighth and one in the ninth. Justin Bour drove in six runs for Peoria. Su-Min Jung pitched five scoreless innings and struck out eight for the win.
SLAMMED: Bour drove in a run in the third inning with a ground out. He added an RBI single in the fourth. Bour hit a grand slam in the eighth inning. Bour has 69 RBI on the season and is third in the Midwest League in RBI after last night’s game.
BRIGHT SPOT: Adrian Rosario pitched three scoreless innings as the reliever for the Rattlers. He entered in the top of the fifth inning and allowed a leadoff double to Nelson Perez. He retired the next seven batters before allowing a one out single in the seventh. Rosario got the final two outs of the inning to complete his night. Rosario did not walk a batter and struck out three.
DOUBLE DIGITS: The Timber Rattlers have allowed 10 or more runs in a game 13 times this season. That has happened ten times at Time Warner Cable Field in 2010.
5,000: There have been crowds of 5,000 or more at Time Warner Cable Field seven times this season. The Rattlers have allowed 10 or more runs in a game three times the attendance has been over 5,000 at home. Wisconsin is 2-6 in eight games (there was a doubleheader on June 12) when the attendance is over 5,000 at home.
FAMILY: Timber Rattlers outfielder Khris Davis will be away from the team for a few days to attend a funeral for his grandfather.
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 18-19 in the second half and are currently 56-50 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 12 games this season and Wisconsin is 3-9 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. Tonight is the final regular season meeting between the teams.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .252 as a team. They have scored 491 runs (4.6/game) and hit 61 home runs. The Chiefs are hitting .264 as a team. They have scored 506 runs (4.8/game) and hit 47 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.45 while allowing a total of 537 runs (5.0/game) this season. Peoria pitchers have a team ERA of 4.02 while allowing a total of 497 runs (4.7/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 148 errors. The Chiefs defense has committed 133 errors. Wisconsin is 25-31 in home games this season. Peoria is 23-32 on the road in 2010.
PEORIA STARTING PITCHER: RHP Marcus Hatley was the 39th round pick of the Cubs in the 2006 draft as a draft-and-follow out of Palomar Community College. He signed with Chicago before the 2007 draft and pitched for the Arizona League Cubs and the Boise Hawks that season. He pitched for Boise, the Pioneer League affiliate of the Cubs, in 2008 and for the Chiefs in 2009. He went 6-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 30 games (16 starts) with the Chiefs last season. In his minor league career before 2010, Hatley was 9-12 with a 4.66 ERA in 58 games (28 starts). This season Hatley pitched twice for Boise and twice for the AZL Cubs before making his MWL debut for 2010 at Beloit on August 1. He allowed three runs on three hits with a pair of walks in 2/3 of an inning. He was not involved in the decision. Hatley made three relief appearances against the Rattlers last season. He allowed two hit in six scoreless innings with a pair of walks and five strikeouts. He was not involved in the decision in any of those three games.