BELOIT, WI - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers gave Tyler Wagner a nine run lead on Thursday against the Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field. Wagner allowed one run over seven solid innings as the Rattlers ended their two-week road trip with a 9-5 win.
Michael Reed put the Timber Rattlers (23-26) in front in the first inning. Alfredo Rodriguez drew a walk to start the game. He was at second with two outs. Reed drove a single through the middle of the infield on a 3-2 pitch to drive in Rodriguez for the 1-0 lead.
Wisconsin sent eleven men to the plate in the top of the third inning and scored seven runs to take control of the game. Jose Sermo started the inning with a single. Rodriguez singled and Orlando Arcia walked to load the bases with no outs. Tyrone Taylor lined a double off the glove of the Beloit third baseman to drive in Sermo and Rodriguez. Reed followed with a two-run single to drive in Arcia and Taylor for a 5-0 lead.
That single by Reed knocked Beloit starting pitcher Dakota Bacus out of the game and the Snappers called on Stu Pudenz to stop the Wisconsin onslaught.
Adam Giacalone greeted Pudenz with a double to left-center that drove in Reed for a 6-0 lead.
Pudenz got the first out of the inning, but the Timber Rattlers weren't done. Max Walla singled and Chris McFarland walked to load the bases again. Sermo, in his second at bat of the third inning, singled to drive in two more runs for an 8-0 lead.
Giacalone added another run with the Wisconsin lead in the top of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly that scored Arcia.
Beloit (31-22) broke through against Wagner in the bottom of the sixth. Ryan Mathews singled and Brett Vertigan doubled with one out. Daniel Robertson knocked in Mathews with a ground out to second to make the score 9-1.
That was all Wagner would give up in the game. He struck out four, allowed four hits, and walked none to pick up his fifth win of the season.
Beloit scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth on one swing of the bat. Reliver Martin Viramontes gave up a leadoff single and got the next two outs on strikeouts. But, a single and a walk on a 3-2 pitch extended the game to Christopher Bostick.
Bostick crushed a 2-2 pitch from Viramontes for a grand slam to make the score 9-5.
Viramontes got the next hitter on a strikeout to end the game.
Wisconsin went 5-7 with one rainout on their trip through Burlington, Quad Cities, Peoria, and Beloit.
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers return to Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium on Friday to face the Peoria Chiefs at 7:05pm. Damien Magnifico (5-0, 4.15) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Peoria has not named their starting pitcher for the game at this time.
Miller Summer Kickoff at the ballpark on Friday. Miller products will be available for $1 from May 31 through June 7.
Friday is also a North Shore Bank Family Night. Kids 12 and under receive a voucher good for a free hotdog and a free soda. There is a postgame fireworks display scheduled and after the fireworks Molina Healthcare presents Kids Run the Bases for children 14 and under.
Also, break out your shamrocks and be ready to look for a pot of gold on Friday night for Oshkosh Irish Fest's St. Patty's Day in May.
If you can't make it out to the ballpark, there are several ways to catch the action. My NEW32's Sports Showdown will broadcast the game beginning with the pregame show at 6:30pm. Subscribers to MiLB.TV can catch the in-stadium broadcast. The radio broadcast starts on AM1280, WNAM and timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:45pm.
Christopher Bostick (4th, Grand Slam off Martin Viramontes in the 9th inning, 2 out)
WP: Tyler Wagner (5-3)
LP: Dakota Bacus (4-2)