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Fast start in game two gives Rattlers a doubleheader sweep06/15/2011 11:32 PM ET
By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
PEORIA, IL - The first five Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to bat in game two of Wednesday's doubleheader at O'Brien Field scored. The Rattlers cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Peoria Chiefs. Wisconsin also won game one 2-1 and picked up a doubleheader sweep over the Chiefs.
Peoria starting pitcher Cam Greathouse entered game two as the Midwest League leader in walks issued with 49. He started the game by walking Reggie Keen, hitting Nick Shaw, and walking Greg Hopkins. Mike Walker, the Rattlers leader in RBI, smacked a 2-1 pitch from Greathouse to center for a two run single. That single gave Walker 48 RBI this season.
Chris Dennis was next and he crushed a 3-1 pitch from Greathouse over the fence in right for a three-run homer. The long ball was the sixth home run of the season for Dennis and it put the Rattlers (36-30) up 5-0.
TJ Mittelstaedt doubled in a run with two outs in the top of the third inning and Wisconsin went up 6-0.
Rattlers starting pitcher Dan Britt took the hill with that big lead and retired the first eight batters he faced. But a single and a walk with two out in the third inning was followed by a double by Pierre LaPage into the corner in right. The first run scored, but Franklin Romero hit Walker with a strong throw. Walker turned and fired to the plate to cut down the second run at the plate and Wisconsin's lead was 6-1.
Peoria (33-33) scored again in the sixth inning off Britt. Matt Szczur tripled to start the frame and LePage's grounder to short got Szczur home to make the score 6-2.
Britt allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts to pick up his fourth win of the season.
Stosh Wawrzasek worked around a two out error and a double in the bottom of the seventh inning to close out the sweep.
The final game of the series is Thursday night at 7:00pm. Wisconsin has Brooks Hall (2-1, 4.39) as their scheduled starting pitcher. Peoria has Eric Jokisch (7-0, 3.20) heading to the hill. Jokisch has made 14 relief appearances in 2011. Thursday will be his first start of the season.
Tune in for the broadcast from O'Brien Field on AM1280, WNAM starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:40pm.
WP: Dan Britt (4-2)