BELOIT, WI - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers cracked 14 hits - all singles - on Tuesday night at Pohlman Field. Wisconsin put together a spirited comeback against the Beloit Snappers with four runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally from a 3-0 deficit. But, Beloit broke the Rattlers hearts with two runs in the bottom of the seventh and held on to defeat Wisconsin 5-4.
The Timber Rattlers (26-34) had a great scoring opportunity in the top of the second inning. Mike Garza reached on an infield single with one out. Alfredo Rodriguez and Parker Berberet followed with singles to load the bases with one out against Raul Alcantara. But, Alcantara got a strikeout for the second out. Then, Berberet strayed too far from first on a 1-2 pitch to Michael Reed and got picked off first base by catcher Nick Rickles.
The Snappers (40-25) struck in the bottom of the second inning. They had two on with none out, but Damien Magnifico retired the next two batters. But, Bostick singled to drive in the first run of the game.
Bostick delivered another two out hit in the fourth inning. This one extended the Beloit lead to 3-0. Ryan Delgado walked on four pitches to start the inning. Magnifico got the next two hitters and was ahead of Bostick 0-2 in the count. The 0-2 pitch just missed the strike zone. Bostick lined the next pitch over the wall in left-center for a two-run homer.
That was the seventh home run of the season for Bostick and his third off the year against Wisconsin pitchers.
Wisconsin collected nine singles in six innings against Alcantara, but could not push anyone across the plate against the Beloit right-hander. Alcantara struck out five through six innings before turning the game over to the Snappers bullpen.
That's when the game turned around for Wisconsin.
Berberet greeted Brent Powers to the game with a single. Adrian Williams followed with a walk. Reed blooped in a single to left-center to load the bases. Powers uncorked a wild pitch to let Berberet score. Then, he walked Orlando Arcia to reload the bases.
Tyrone Taylor lined out to left to drive in Williams for a sacrifice fly to cut Beloit's lead to 3-2.
Reed and Arcia pulled a double steal with Victor Roache at the plate and Wisconsin had the tying and lead runs in scoring position. Roache struck out and that set up left-hand hitting Adam Giacalone to face the lefty Powers.
Giacalone won the battle of the lefties by grounding a single back through the middle on a 2-0 pitch to drive in Reed and Arcia and give Wisconsin a 4-3 lead.
But, the game turned back around to the home team after the stretch as Beloit rallied in the bottom of the seventh to retake the lead. Nick Rickles singled to start the inning and Brett Vertigan doubled with one out to put runners on the corners. Daniel Robertson tied the game with a grounder to short that scored Rickles and moved Vertigan to third base. The Snappers took the lead when Alfredo Rodriguez couldn't handle a grounder off the bat of John Wooten. That error let Vertigan score the go-ahead run.
The Rattlers got something going with one out in the top of the eighth inning. Berberet collected his fourth hit of the night and Adrian Williams drew a walk to put the tying and lead runs on base. Reed popped out for the second out of the inning and Arcia stepped into the box with a chance to at least tie the game. But, he never got a chance to take the bat off his shoulder.
The first pitch was low and away and Rickles saw that Williams had strayed too far from first. The Snappers catcher fired to first and picked Williams off to end the inning.
Ryan Dull worked a 1-2-3 top of the ninth inning for his twelfth save of the season.
The Timber Rattlers fell to 1-6 against the Snappers this season with the loss on Tuesday night.
Game two of the series is Wednesday night at Pohlman Field. Austin Blaski (2-2, 2.03) is the scheduled starter for the Timber Rattlers. Michael Ynoa (1-1, 2.43) is set to start for the Snappers. Game time is 7:00pm. Tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:40pm.
Christopher Bostick (7th, 1 on in 5th inning off Damien Magnifico, 2 out)
WP: Stu Pudenz (3-1)
LP: Leonard Lorenzo (1-3)
SAVE: Ryan Dull (12)