BELOIT, WI - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers defeated the Beloit Snappers 2-1 in game two of Thursday's doubleheader at Pohlman Field. The win allowed the Rattlers to earn the split after the Snappers won game one 3-1.
Wisconsin (27-35) wasted no time in game two as they scored in the top of the first. Tyrone Taylor doubled with two outs. Michael Reed followed with a triple to right to drive in Taylor for a 1-0 lead.
Reed extended his current on base streak to 33 games with that first inning triple. That ties him with Jeff Holm of West Michigan for the longest on base streak in the Midwest League this season.
The Timber Rattlers pushed another run across the plate in the top of the fifth. Max Walla singled to start the inning. Brent Dean dropped a sacrifice bunt to move Walla to second. Beloit starter Seth Streich threw a wild pitch to move Walla to third. He would throw another wild pitch to let Walla score for a 2-0 advantage.
Beloit (41-26) got a run off Austin Blaski with three straight singles in the bottom of the fifth inning. Sam Roberts singled with one out. Brett Vertigan reached on a bunt single. Christopher Bostick singled to drive in Roberts. Blaski retired the next two batters to keep Wisconsin in front.
Blaski worked five innings and scattered four hits and four walks with four strikeouts mixed in for good measure.
Taylor Mangum took over for Blaski in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Snappers had two on with one out, but Mangum got a flyout and a strikeout to end the Beloit sixth with the Rattlers still up 2-1. Mangum worked a scoreless bottom of the seventh to close out Beloit and earn his third save of the season.
The win by Wisconsin ended Beloit's nine-game winning streak.
The Timber Rattlers begin their final series of the first half on Friday night when they face the Kane County Cougars at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. Jorge Lopez (2-5, 7.47) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin. Michael Heesch (3-4, 3.73) is the probable starting pitcher for Kane County. Game time is 6:30pm. Tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:10pm.
WP: Austin Blaski (3-2)
LP: Seth Streich (6-4)
SAVE: Taylor Mangum (3)