CLINTON, IA - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers winning streak moved to a season-high five games with a 4-1 victory over the Clinton LumberKings in game one of a doubleheader on Sunday at Ashford University Field. Anthony Banda struck out six over five strong innings and the Rattlers offense broke a tie with three runs in the fourth inning.
Angel Ortega wasted no time in extending his current hitting streak to six games. The Wisconsin leadoff batter reached on an infield single to start the game. Clint Coulter drove Ortega home with a two-out double off the fence in right field.
Clinton (29-31) tied the game in the bottom of the second inning. Austin Wilson lifted a home run to right field to start the frame for the LumberKings to even the score 1-1.
Wisconsin (30-31) went back in front in the top of the fourth. Michael Ratterree started the inning with a double. Coulter and Taylor Brennan each drew walks to load the bases. Jose Pena got the first run of the frame home with a single to center. Rafael Neda drew a bases loaded walk to get the second run of the frame home. Steve Halcomb got Brennan across the plate with a sacrifice fly and the Rattlers were up 4-1.
Banda took that lead and ran with it. He allowed a walk that was erased on a double play in the fourth and a harmless one out single in the fifth inning once he was given the lead. Banda struck out six and walked one in five innings.
Trevor Seidenberger retired all six batters he faced in the game to record his first professional save.
Austin Wilson (9th, 0 on in 2nd inning off Anthony Banda, 0 out)
WP: Anthony Banda (2-5)
LP: Eddie Campbell (4-4)
SAVE: Trevor Seidenberger (1)