Victor Roache went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers defeated the Burlington Bees 9-2 on Saturday night at Time Warner Cable Field.
In a battle of two teams that entered four games back of a playoff spot, it was the Rattlers (43-56, 14-20) who used three crooked innings to beat the Bees (39-60, 13-21).
Nic DellaTorre (0-4) surrendered three runs in the first, two in the third and three during a four-run fifth to pick up the loss. DellaTore got the first two outs of the first before struggling to get the final out of the frame. Tyrone Taylor singled and Victor Roache blasted a two-run shot over the batter's eye to put the Rattlers ahead 2-0. Another run came home on a double by Garrett Cooper that plated Mike Garza.
The Bees scored one run in the third against Jorge Lopez (5-6). Sherman Johnson singled with two outs and scored on a double by Pedro Toribio. Johnson and Toribio were responsible for all three runs tonight. Johnson finished 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI, while Toribio was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
Wisconsin answered right back in the bottom of the inning when DellaTorre failed to get the third out of the inning. He got the first two outs on a fly out and pop out, but walked both Roache and Garza. Cooper delivered a two-run triple to bring both Roache and Garza.
In the fifth, DellaTorre allowed four men to reach and Jamie Burke was forced to call upon Alex Blackford with the bases loaded and nobody out. Blackford picked up a double play that scored one run, but Parker Berberet went deep for a two-run home run to give the Rattlers a 9-1 lead after five innings.
Taylor Mangum (5) cruised through four innings on the mound to pick up the save, allowing two runs, one earned, while striking out four batters.
Burlington and Wisconsin will face off on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Reid Scoggins will take on Austin Ross at Time Warner Cable Field.