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Bees bounce Rattlers with big fourth inning05/22/2011 1:11 AM ET
By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
GRAND CHUTE, WI - The Burlington Bees sent 13 men to the plate in the top of the fourth inning and scored seven runs on the way to a 10-4 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader at Time Warner Cable Field. Ryan Pineda homered and drove in four runs in the game for the Bees.
However, Pineda made a mistake on a grounder in the bottom of the first inning to let the Rattlers (23-19) take a 1-0 lead. Nick Shaw was at second with two outs, when Pineda let a grounder off the bat of Chris Dennis go through his legs.
Pineda made up for the fielding miscue in the first by hitting a two-out solo homer in the top of the second to tie the game 1-1. The blast off Timber Rattlers starter Damon Krestalude was the first of the season for Pineda and landed in the Bees bullpen beyond the wall in left-center.
Wisconsin went back in front in the bottom of the third inning as the Bees starting pitcher contracted a bout of wildness at the same time the Burlington defense kicked the ball around the infield. Reggie Keen reached second with one out after another grounder eluded Pineda. Then, a wild pickoff throw by Nate Long sent Keen to third. Long walked the next three batters to force in a run. Chris Dennis drew the final walk of the sequence to force in Keen for a 2-1 Rattlers lead.
Mike Walker was next and his slow grounder towards second baseman Nino Leyja was fielded cleanly, but Leyja was caught between tagging Dennis and flipping to shortstop Wade Kirkland for the force play. However, Dennis had stopped in the basepath late and Leyja tried a fancy flip to second that Kirkland wasn't ready for and dropped. All hands were safe and another run scored for a 3-1 lead.
But, the next two Rattlers batters were retired and Wisconsin could not come up with the big hit to blow the game open.
Burlington (30-12) did not make that mistake when their turn came in the fourth. Krestalude, who was making his first start of the season and his first appearance since May 9, gave up a single and a double to the first two batters he faced in the fourth. Tom Keeling came on in relief to face Pineda.
Tyreace House drew a walk to load the bases. Then, Pineda's sacrifice fly drove in the first run of the inning. Catcher Daniel Pettiti tripled to right-center to drive in two more and the Bees were up 4-3.
Keeling hit the next batter and walked the batter after that to reload the bases. Doug Landaeta singled in a run, before Keeling struck out Kirkland for the second out. AJ Kirby-Jones, the batter who started the inning for the Bees with a single, drew a walk to force in a run and knock Keeling out of the game.
Brian Garman came on and walked Jose Rivero on four pitches to force in another run. House would single to knock in one more run and the Bees were up 8-3.
Walker cut into the lead with a long home run to right-center in the bottom of the fifth inning. Then, Pineda struck with a two-run single against Garman in the top of the sixth.
The Rattlers bullpen, which has been depleted with three doubleheaders over the last four days, turned to position player TJ Mittelstaedt to get the final outs of the game. Mittelstaedt almost exclusively went with the knuckleball in the seventh and allowed one hit, but got a double play and a flyout to center.
The series between the Rattlers and the Bees continues on Sunday afternoon at Time Warner Cable Field. Neither team had announced their scheduled starting pitcher for Sunday's game. The game is scheduled to start at 1:05pm.
Sunday is a Brewers Sunday presented by 107.5, The Fan with Timber Rattlers players wearing jerseys and caps based on those of the 1975 Milwaukee Brewers. There is an Austin Ross Poster Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans to attend the game, pregame catch on the field presented by momslikeme.com, and a post-game autograph session. Also, Time Warner Cable subscribers may bring in their bill and receive up to four half priced reserve seat tickets on Sunday.
If you can't make it out to the ballpark, tune in to the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 12:45pm.
WP: Mike Hart (3-1)