September 1, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Timber Rattlers beat the Kane County Cougars 16-4. All nine Timber Rattlers in the lineup had at least one hit. Eight of the nine had at least one RBI. Chris Dennis, Kentrail Davis, and Khris Davis all homered for the Rattlers.

NEW STANDARD: The sixteen runs scored last night were the most by the Timber Rattlers this season. The previous high for 2010 was 15 set on July 12 against Burlington at Time Warner Cable Field. Last night was the most runs scored by the Rattlers since August 5, 2007 when they scored 19 runs at Fort Wayne.

DEEP SIX: The Rattlers scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning. That marked the fourth time in 2010 the Rattlers have scored six runs in an inning.

RECORD HOLDERS HAVE COMPANY: Khris Davis hit a solo homer in the fifth inning. It was his 21st round-tripper of the season. Davis is tied with Juan Silvestre and Matt Hagen for the Timber Rattlers franchise record for home runs in a single season. Silvestre set the record in 1999 and Hagen matched it in 2003. Davis has hit three homers in 14 games against the River Bandits this season.

RACK THEM UP: Chris Dennis hit a two-run homer in the second inning and scored four runs. Dennis has 16 homers and 83 RBI. The 83 RBI put him tied for second in the Midwest League. Those 83 RBI are also the most by a Timber Rattler in a single season since Mike Wilson had 84 in 2005. Silvestre holds the Timber Rattlers record for RBI with 107 in 1999.

FIRST SINCE: Kentrail Davis hit a two-run homer in the second inning, too. It was his first home run since June 30, 2010.

A FOUR FOR JOEY: Rattlers second baseman Joey Paciorek drove in four runs last night. He knocked in a run with a groundout in the second inning. Paciorek drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the eighth inning.

THREE IS A MAGIC NUMBER: In last night’s game: Cutter Dykstra had three hits and three RBI; Khris Davis drew three walks and scored three runs; Michael Marseco had three hits.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Quad Cities River Bandits are the Midwest League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. They qualified for the Midwest League playoffs as the Western Division Wild Card in the first half. They are 79-53 overall and 39-24 in the second half. The River Bandits are coming into this series against the Rattlers after winning three out of four games in a series with Cedar Rapids.

2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers and River Bandits have met 14 times this season. Wisconsin is 6-8 against Quad Cities this season. The Rattlers are 2-4 in six games against the Bandits at Time Warner Cable Field in 2010. Quad Cities took two of three from the Rattlers in Grand Chute during a series May 4-6. The River Bandits also took two of three from the Rattlers June 28-30.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .256 as a team. They have scored 645 runs (4.9/game) and hit 77 home runs. The River Bandits are hitting .258 as a team. They have scored 705 runs (5.3/game) and hit 111 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.81 while allowing a total of 704 runs (5.3/game) this season. Quad Cities pitchers have a team ERA of 3.96 while allowing a total of 620 runs (4.7/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 173 errors. The Bandits defense has committed 172 errors. Wisconsin is 30-37 at home this season. Quad Cities is 42-27 on the road in 2010.

PROSPECTING: Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook listed three members of the current River Bandits roster on their list of top 30 prospects in the St. Louis organization. Pitcher Shelby Miller, a first round pick out of Brownwood (TX) High School in 2009, is rated as St. Louis’ #1 prospect. Catcher Robert Stock, the Cardinals second round pick out of the University of Southern California in 2009, is #10. Pitcher Joe Kelley (#21) is also on the list.

QUAD CITIES STARTING PITCHER: LHP* Daniel Bibona was the eighth round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2010 draft out of the University of California-Irvine. Bibona went 9-2 with a 2.48 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 94-1/3 innings pitched over 13 starts in his final season for the Anteaters. He was a two-time Big West Pitcher of the Year, a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American, and a NCBWA Second Team All-American. Bibona made his professional debut with the River Bandits on July 31 with 2-1/3 innings of scoreless relief against Cedar Rapids on July 31. In his start prior to this evening, Bibona allowed four runs on five hits and struck out nine over six innings for a no decision on August 26 at Clinton. Tonight is his first appearance against the Rattlers and against an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

*Typo! Had this as a RHP before the game.

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