August 30, 2010: Game Notes

ABOUT SUNDAY: The Timber Rattlers defeated the Kane County Cougars 11-10 in 11 innings. Khris Davis singled in the winning run in the bottom of the eleventh inning.

CLUB 20: Davis homered in the second inning, a two-run blast that put the Rattlers up 2-1. He becomes the fourth member of the 20 home run club in Timber Rattlers history. Juan Silvestre (21-1999); Matt Hagen (21-2003), and Brock Kjeldgaard (20-2009) are the other members.

WELL, THAT WAS INTERESTING: The Rattlers had a 9-4 lead heading into the top of the eighth inning. Kane County drew five walks in the inning, including three with the bases loaded, to score three runs. Wisconsin got a run on a Kentrail Davis two-out triple in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 10-7 lead, but the Cougars drew five more walks, including one with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth to tie the game 10-10. Five Wisconsin pitchers combined to walk 14 Kane County batters. The Rattlers pitching staff has walked 20 opposing batters with the bases loaded, the most in the Midwest League, this season.

THAT’S TWO: Yesterday was the second extra-innings victory for the Rattlers. The team is 2-10 in extra innings this season.

THAT’S TWO, TOO: Khris Davis recorded his second game-ending hit of the season yesterday. Davis had also driven in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Great Lakes on July 19.

THAT’S THREE: Sunday was the third time the Rattlers have allowed 10 or more runs in a game and picked up a victory this season. Wisconsin is 3-17 in games in which they have allowed 10 or more runs.

THAT’S FOUR: Sunday was the fourth time in 2010 that Wisconsin has recorded a walk-off victory at home. The Rattlers beat Kane County on an RBI single by Scooter Gennett in the first game of the season on April 9. There was the hit by Davis to beat the Loons on July 19. Hunter Morris doubled in a pair of runs in the bottom of the eleventh to beat Cedar Rapids on August 14.

FOCUS ON OFFENSE: Cutter Dykstra, Kentrail Davis, Hunter Morris, and Chris Dennis all had three hits on Sunday. The Rattlers knocked out 16 hits in the game.

A BAKER’S DOZEN FOR CUTTER: Dykstra had three singles and scored three runs on Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He is 22-for-55 (.400) and has scored 15 runs during the streak. Dykstra has bumped his season average from .294 to .313 and is currently fifth in the Midwest League batting race.

AMONG THE LEADERS: Chris Dennis drove in a run yesterday. He has 81 RBI and is third in the Midwest League in that category.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Kane County Cougars are the Midwest League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Kane County is 33-28 in the second half. They currently hold the Second Half Western Division Wild Card spot. Kane County is 65-65 overall. They are coming into the series with the Rattlers after taking two out of three games at Beloit August 25-27.

2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers and Cougars have met ten times this season. Wisconsin is 7-3 against Kane County in 2010. Wisconsin took two of three from the Cougars at Time Warner Cable Field April 9-10. In a three game series at Kane County May 25-27, the Rattlers won two of three. Wisconsin also swept an abbreviated two game series at Elfstrom Stadium June 19-20. Wisconsin and Kane County play seven of the last ten games of the 2010 season against each other.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .255 as a team. They have scored 626 runs (4.8/game) and hit 74 home runs. The Cougars are hitting .253 as a team. They have scored 630 runs (4.8/game) and hit 62 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.83 while allowing a total of 696 runs (5.4/game) this season. Kane County pitchers have a team ERA of 3.90 while allowing a total of 581 runs (4.5/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 169 errors. The Cougars defense has committed 155 errors. Wisconsin is 29-36 at home this season. Kane County is 30-37 on the road in 2010.

KANE COUNTY STARTING PITCHER: RHP Dan Straily was Oakland’s 24th round pick in the 2009 draft. He was selected out of Marshall. In his final season with the Thundering Herd, Straily went 4-3 with a 4.27ERA in 13 games. He spent his first pro season with Vancouver, Oakland’s Northwest League affiliate. He was 5-3 with a 4.19ERA in 16 games (11 starts) with the Canadians. Straily struck out 66 and walked 18 in 59 innings with Vancouver. In his start prior to this afternoon, Straily recorded a no decision at Beloit on August 25. He allowed two runs on four hits with five strikeouts over five innings. Straily has made five starts in August and has a 5.51 ERA, but has not been involved in a decision. He has started three times against the Timber Rattlers in 2010. Straily beat the Rattlers at Time Warner Cable Field on April 10, picked up a no decision at Elfstrom Stadium on May 27, and lost to Wisconsin at Kane County on June 19. In his three starts against the Rattlers, Straily has allowed seven runs (six earned) on 14 hits and five walks over 17 innings. Straily has struck out 19 Timber Rattlers this season, including 10 in seven innings on May 27.

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