GRAND CHUTE, WI - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers scored five times in the first inning and held off the Cedar Rapids Kernels for a 6-4 victory in game one of a doubleheader at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium on Friday night.
The Wisconsin offense corrected their recent struggles with a big first inning. The Rattlers (66-49 overall, 22-24 second half) sent ten men to the plate and scored five runs. Ben McMahan drove in the first two runs of the frame with a triple. Nick Ramirez followed with an RBI single for a 3-0 lead. Yadiel Rivera kept the hits coming with a single to send Ramirez to third base. Carlos George made it 4-0 with a RBI single. Adrian Williams capped the scoring in the inning with a sacrifice fly to left.
Frazier Hall got the Kernels (46-70, 14-32) on the board with a solo homer in the top of the second inning. That was the only hit allowed by Marcum. The Brewers right-hander struck out three and walked none over three innings. Marcum, who was schedule to throw just 40 pitches in the game, tossed 36 - 26 for strikes - as he retired nine of the ten batters he faced.
Wisconsin tacked on a run in the bottom of the second inning. Brandon Macias tripled in Max Walla for a 6-1 lead.
Kevin Shackelford pitched a scoreless fourth and a scoreless fifth, but ran into trouble in the sixth inning. Eric Stamets singled in a run and stole second. Alex Yarbrough drew a walk and the pair pulled a double steal to get to second and third. Andy Workman singled to drive in both runners and make the score 6-4.
Stosh Wawrzasek relieved Shackelford and struck out Hall. But a walk to the next batter put the tying runs on base. Wawrzasek got out of the frame with a groundout.
Wawrzasek walked the leadoff batter in the top of the seventh, but retired the next three Kernels to earn his third save of the season.
WP: Kevin Shackelford (3-4)
LP: Cam Bedrosian (3-9)
SAVE: Stosh Wawrzasek (3)
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.