ABOUT SUNDAY: The Rattlers lost 4-3 to the LumberKings. Clinton scored three times in the bottom of the third inning and added a run in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead. The Rattlers rallied with a run in the top of the eighth and a run in the top of the ninth to get close. But, Wisconsin left the tying run at third when the game ended.
QUICK START: D’Vontrey Richardson doubled to start the game. One out later, Hunter Morris doubled to drive in Richardson for a 1-0 lead.
WAR EAGLE! Morris went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a pair of RBI in Sunday’s game. In 43 games with the Timber Rattlers this season, Morris has 13 doubles and 24 RBI.
SPEAKING OF DOUBLES: Scooter Gennett doubled in the ninth inning on Sunday. The Rattlers second baseman has 37 doubles on the season. He leads the Midwest League in that category. The Timber Rattlers franchise record for doubles in a season is 50 and was set by Bo Robinson in 1999.
NINE: Rattlers starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi retired the first six batters he faced. But, in the third the LumberKings sent nine men to the plate. The first five men reached base. Luis Nunez tied the game with an RBI single. James Jones hit a two-run single and the L-Kings were up 3-1.
DOZEN: Wisconsin collected 12 hits on Sunday. Eight of the nine players in the starting lineup had at least one hit. However, Wisconsin went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position yesterday.
TIDBIT: Sunday’s game was to have taken place at 2:00pm, but – due to wet grounds after a heavy 90 minute rain shower that began at 11:00am – was delayed until 4:34. The delay (2:34) was longer than the time of the game (2:18).
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Clinton LumberKings are the Midwest League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. They finished the first half with a record of 38-32 and missed out on one of the two first half playoff spots in the Western Division. Clinton is currently 23-18 in the second half of the season. They trail Kane County by 1-1/2 games for the top playoff spot in the second half. They hold the second half wild card spot by 1-1/2 games over Beloit. The LumberKings have won seven straight games. They came into this series after pulling off a four game sweep at Quad Cities.
2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers and LumberKings have played 11 games this season. Clinton leads 7-4. Clinton went 2-1 at Time Warner Cable Field in a set from April 11-13. The Timber Rattlers went 2-1 at Alliant Energy Field in a series from June 15-17. The LumberKings took two of three from the Rattlers July 31-August 2 in Grand Chute.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .251 as a team. They have scored 498 runs (4.5/game) and hit 61 home runs. The LumberKings are hitting .253 as a team. They have scored 545 runs (5.0/game) and hit 106 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.47 while allowing a total of 552 runs (5.0/game) this season. Clinton pitchers have a team ERA of 3.48 while allowing a total of 452 runs (4.1/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 150 errors. The LumberKings defense has committed 124 errors. Wisconsin is 19-34 in road games this season. Clinton is 33-23 at home in 2010.
CLINTON STARTING PITCHER: RHP Nick Czyz was selected by the Mariners in the 35th round in the 2008 draft out of the University of Kansas. He spent 2008 with Pulaski in the Appalachian League and 2009 with Everett in the Northwest League. Czyz started the 2010 season with the LumberKings before being bumped up to High Desert in the California League. Czyz returned to the LumberKings at the start of the second half and he has made eight starts for them. He is 3-2 with a 6.10ERA in those eight starts for Clinton. In his last start, Czyz pitched at Quad Cities on August 4. He allowed seven runs on five hits over 2-2/3 innings. Four of the five hits he gave up to the River Bandits were home runs. Czyz walked two, struck out two, and was not involved in the decision. Czyz has faced the Timber Rattlers once this season. On April 12 at Time Warner Cable Field, Czyz pitched two scoreless innings in relief and allowed a hit with a walk and two strikeouts.