GRAND CHUTE, WI - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers took advantage of a sixth inning error by the Lake County Captains and a start by Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Johnny Hellweg to defeat the Captains 6-2 on Monday afternoon at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Hellweg tossed six innings and allowed two runs while striking out four to earn the win. The Rattlers scored four unearned runs after the sixth inning error to build a 6-0 lead on the way to victory.
The Rattlers (40-49 overall, 11-13 second half) broke the scoreless tie with two runs in the bottom of the second. Mike Garza singled with one out and moved to second base with one out. Victor Roache doubled to drive in Garza for a 1-0 lead. Max Walla followed with a single that drove in Roache for a 2-0 lead.
Walla's fly ball to right was dropped to start the bottom of the sixth inning. Adrian Williams doubled down the left field line and Walla scored all the way from first base for a 3-0 advantage. Michael Reed was at the plate with two outs in the inning and sent a grounder up the middle. The ball hit the second base bag and deflected away from the middle infielders for a base hit that scored Williams. Tyrone Taylor tripled and Reed scored for a 5-0 lead. Garrett Cooper capped the inning with a single to get Taylor home to make the score 6-0.
The Captains (36-55, 13-11) loaded the bases against Hellweg in the top of the sixth inning. He walked the leadoff batter, gave up a one out single, and walked another batter on a 3-2 pitch with two outs. Anthony Santander popped an 0-1 pitch from Hellweg to shallow left for what appeared to be the third out. But, the ball was lost in the Sun and dropped in untouched for a two-run single.
Hellweg bounced back to get a strikeout for the final out of the sixth. He went six innings, allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out four to put himself in position for the win.
Taylor Wall closed out the game with three scoreless innings from the Wisconsin bullpen. Wall struck out three and earned his fifth save of the season.
Reed paced Wisconsin's 10-hit attack with three singles. Reed pushed his current hitting streak to eight games. He is 15-for-36 (.417) during the streak.
Wisconsin won two of the three games in the series with the Captains. They wrapped up their six-game homestand with a 4-2 record.
The Timber Rattlers are off on Tuesday. They return to action with game one of a three game series against the Bowling Green Hot Rods in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Austin Ross makes his 2013 Timber Rattlers debut as the scheduled starting pitcher. Bowling Green runs Blake Snell (2-6, 4.06) is set to start for the Hot Rods. Game time on Wednesday is 7:05pm. Tune in for the action on AM1280, WNAM or the IHeartRadio app starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:45pm.
WP: Johnny Hellweg (1-0)
LP: Ryan Merritt (5-9)
SAVE: Taylor Wall (5)