GRAND CHUTE, WI - A four game battle between possible Midwest League playoff opponents ended in a stalemate. The Burlington Bees defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 1-0 on Friday night at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Sean Jamieson had three hits - including a solo homer in the fifth inning - for Burlington. Both teams wound up with two wins in the four game series.
Burlington (54-55 overall, 21-19 second half) scored the only run of the game on a solo homer by in the fifth inning. Jamieson hit a home run to left field with one out off Jacob Barnes for a 1-0 lead.
Barnes pitched seven innings, would allow four hits, and match his single game high for strikeouts as a professional with nine. But, he would be tagged with the loss.
Wisconsin (64-45, 20-20) had two good chances to score. Carlos George started the bottom of the fourth inning with a double, but would be caught trying to steal third. Brandon Macias drew a walk, but was left at first base.
In the eighth inning, Yadiel Rivera tripled to the right field corner to start the inning against reliever Raul Alcantara. Left-handed reliever Chas Mye came on to face left-handed pinch hitter Nick Ramirez and got the strikeout. Burlington went to closer Jonathan Joseph to get right-handed hitters Lance Roenicke on a pop out Carlos George on a strikeout.
Joseph came back out to work a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his eleventh save of the season.
If the season had ended after Friday's game, Wisconsin and Burlington would play each other in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs. The Timber Rattlers won the Western Division in the first half. The Bees are currently second in the divisional standings for the second half, two games behind first place Clinton and two games in front of third place Kane County.
There are still thirty games left in the regular season. Plus, the teams meet in the three game series in Burlington over Labor Day weekend to end the regular season.
The Timber Rattlers begin a four game series in Beloit on Saturday night. Matt Miller (9-7, 3.79) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Beloit sends Jason Wheeler (12-4, 3.41) to the mound. Game time is 7:00pm. Tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:40pm.
Sean Jamieson (8th, 0 on in 5th inning off Jacob Barnes, 1 out)
WP: Jose Macias (6-5)
LP: Jacob Barnes (4-4)
SAVE: Jonathan Joseph (11)
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