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Siegrist shuts down Wisconsin04/25/2011 10:59 PM ET
By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
GRAND CHUTE, WI - Kevin Siegrist and a pair of Quad Cities River Bandits relievers held the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers scoreless on four hits in a 5-0 victory at Time Warner Cable Field. Siegrist struck out eight over seven innings, allowed three hits, and sent the Rattlers to their fourth straight loss.
Quad Cities (8-9) loaded the bases on three straight singles to start their half of the third inning. An RBI fielder's choice by Greg Garcia got the first run home for the River Bandits. Then, Rattlers starter Jimmy Nelson uncorked a wild pitch that let the runner from third score and allowed Garcia to make it all the way around to third base. A sacrifice fly by Cody Stanley plated the final run of the inning.
Wisconsin (5-9) had a good chance to get on the scoreboard against Siegrist in the bottom of the fourth inning. Nick Shaw was at second and Cody Hawn smacked a sharp single to right. But, Michael Swinson fired a strike to the plate to cut down Shaw for the second out of the inning. Siegrist retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced and did not give up another hit.
Nelson worked six innings for the Rattlers and allowed five hits, but he was tagged with the loss as the Wisconsin offense was shutout.
The River Bandits tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh inning with the benefit of just one hit. Eric Marzec relieved Nelson to start the inning and walked three batters while recording two outs. Stosh Wawrzasek took over for Marzec and gave up a two-run single for the final runs of the game.
In the ninth, Wisconsin had runners at first and second with one out against reliever Boone Whiting. However, Hawn lined into a game ending double play and the Rattlers saw their scoreless streak run to 18-1/3 innings.
Game two of the series is Tuesday night at Time Warner Cable Field. Tyler Thornburg (0-0, 1.04) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Rattlers. Quad Cities will send Zach Russell (0-1, 3.86) to the mound. Game time is 6:35pm.