Brownstein bashes extra inning game winner

By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers | August 1, 2011 8:51 PM ET

GRAND CHUTE, WI - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers stunned the Burlington Bees with an 8-5 ten inning victory. Wisconsin was down 5-3 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but rallied to tie the game. Then, Mike Brownstein drilled a two-out, three- run home run in the bottom of the tenth to emphatically snap Wisconsin's five game losing streak. Brownstein had five RBI in the game.

Wisconsin (52-54 overall, 13-23 second half) grabbed an early lead. Nick Shaw drove in Reggie Keen with a single in the first inning. In the second, Brownstein had two runners in scoring position with two outs and he cracked a two runs single to give the Rattlers a 3-0 lead.

But, Burlington (57-49, 12-24) rallied in the fourth against Wisconsin starting pitcher Maverick Lasker. Tony Thompson started the inning with a home run. Douglas Landaeta followed with a double. Yodry Cabrera tripled to send Landaeta home and Nino Leyja followed with another triple to tie the game.

Casey Medlen relieved Lasker to face Tyreace House. The Bees centerfielder wound up at second after two errors on the same play, but Leyja had to hold at third base. Royce Consigli and Beau Taylor concluded the scoring in the inning with consecutive RBI singles to give Burlington a 5-3 lead.

Medlen, Adrian Rosario, and Seth Lintz kept the bees off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game, but the Rattlers offense struggled to get anything going until the ninth.

Pedro Vidal got the first out with a strikeout. Chad Stang singled to get aboard, but Vidal got the second out with another strikeout. Stang would move up to second on defensive indifference with Brownstein at the plate. Brownstein would take a walk to put the tying runs on base.

Keen cashed in Stang with a single to center. Then, Shaw lined a single to right and drove in Brownstein with the tying run.

Lintz, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, gave up a leadoff single to Thompson in the top of the tenth. One out later, Thompson took off for second with Cabrera at the plate. The throw by Rattlers catcher Joey Paciorek was high and into center to allow Thompson to take third. However, Cabrera was ruled to have interfered with Paciorek. That ruling sent Thompson back to first and Cabrera to the dugout as the second out of the inning. Lintz retired the next batter to send the game to the bottom of the tenth.

Drew Tyson came into the game for the bottom of the tenth and retired the first two batters. Stang started the rally with a single. Paciorek singled to center to move Stang around to third base.

Brownstein didn't mess around with the game on the line. The Rattlers second baseman drilled his second home run of the season on a line over the wall in left and the Rattlers celebrated an 8-5 win.

Wisconsin continues their current homestand on Tuesday night when they take on the Clinton LumberKings. Jimmy Nelson (5-7, 4.30) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. George Mieses (4-10, 5.02) is scheduled to start for Clinton. Game time is 7:05pm.

Tuesday is the first Jimmy Buffett Night at Time Warner Cable Field. Timber Rattlers house band First Degree will be playing Buffett tunes and island-themed music on the third base picnic deck in a postgame concert. The first 1,000 fans to attend Tuesday's game will receive an Allegiant Air Flip Flop Keychain courtesy of the Outagamie County Regional Airport.

Tuesday is also a Bang for Your Buck Night with Pepsi products, Cher-Make hot dogs, and Miller Beer products available for $1.

Plus, it is a KRAFT Singles Tuesday Night Tickets. Buy 1 Ticket, Get 1 Free from KRAFT Singles with purchase. Bring your package wrapper to a Timber Rattlers game on Tuesdays for a steal of a deal!

If you can't make it out to the game, tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:45pm. The game is also available on

Tony Thompson (11th, 0 on in 4th inning, off Maverick Lasker, 0 outs)

Mike Brownstein (2nd, 2 on in 10th inning, off Drew Tyson, 2 outs)

WP: Seth Lintz (1-0)
LP: Drew Tyson (4-4)

TIME: 3:46
ATTN: 2,123

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

View More