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Rattlers welcome Hall to the Midwest League with a win05/21/2011 9:17 PM ET
By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
GRAND CHUTE, WI - Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect Brooks Hall can now say that he won his Midwest League debut. Hall, the newest Wisconsin Timber Rattlers pitcher, picked up the victory in a 4-3 win over the Burlington Bees in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday night at Time Warner Cable Field. TJ Mittelstaedt chipped in with a pair of RBI and Eric Marzec worked the final two innings for the save.
Wisconsin (23-18) got on the scoreboard first. Chris Dennis tripled to start the second inning. Mike Walker doubled him home and the Rattlers were up 1-0.
But, Burlington (29-12) answered with three runs in the top of the third of Brooks. They started the inning with four straight singles off Hall. Nino Leyja's single was the fourth of the series and he drove in the run to tie the game 1-1. Douglas Landeaeta and Yordy Cabrera had consecutive sacrifice flies to take a 3-1 lead.
Wisconsin rallied in the bottom of the third. Reggie Keen drew a walk with one out. Nick Shaw followed with a double. TJ Mittelstaedt doubled into the left field corner to drive in two runs and tie the game at 3-3. Dennis followed with a single to right and the Rattlers went back in front, 4-3.
Hall settled down after the rough third inning and set down the Bees in order in the fourth. In the fifth, Hall retired the first two batters. But, a walk and a hit batsman put the tying run in scoring position and the lead run on base with cleanup batter Yordy Cabrera coming to the plate. Hall was not phased and struck out Cabrera looking at a 1-2 fastball that caught the inside corner to the right-hand hitting prospect of the Oakland A's.
Hall allowed three runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in his five innings of work on Saturday.
Marzec relieved Hall to start the top of the sixth and he worked around a two out single in the sixth and a two out walk in the seventh to record the save.
The Rattlers have won four straight games.
WP: Brooks Hall (1-0)