GRAND CHUTE, WI - A lot happened between Nick Ramirez driving in the first run of the game in the first inning and the winning run in the tenth inning on Wednesday night at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. However, the end result was a 5-4 victory for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers over the Burlington Bees.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez got into the action from the second pitch of the game. Gomez made a long run to catch a fly ball off the bat of Burlington the leadoff batter in right-center. He also ran down a ball just shy of the wall in center field for the final out of the top of the first.
Gomez reached on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the first inning. Then, he went from first to third on a single to center by Jason Rogers. A sacrifice fly by Ramirez sent Gomez home with the first run of the game.
Wisconsin (24-16) made it 2-0 later in the inning as Greg Hopkins singled to get Rogers home with a run.
Ben McMahan and Rogers would hit solo home runs in the fourth and fifth innings respectively to push Wisconsin's lead to 4-0.
Moye, who was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week on Monday, was the starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers and he cruised after allowing a two out triple in the second inning. The right-hander retired twelve straight until Sean Jamieson hit a solo homer with two outs in the top of the sixth. That homer ended Moye's scoreless streak at 17-2/3 innings. Moye struck out six, allowed three hits, walked none, and looked like he was in line for his third win of the season.
But, the Bees (17-22) rallied with one hit in the top of the eighth against the Wisconsin bullpen. Stephen Peterson, who worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning issued a walk, gave up a double, and handed out another free pass to load the bases with no outs. Then, Peterson walked Aaron Shipman to force in a run.
Timber Rattlers closer Seth Harvey took over for Peterson, but walked Jamieson to force in another run. A sacrifice fly by Royce Consigli got the third run of the inning home and tied the game 4-4.
The Bees threatened to take the lead in the top of the tenth against Tommy Toledo. Consecutive singles, a sacrifice bunt, and an intentional walk loaded the bases with one out. Toledo escaped when he got BA Vollmuth to ground into an inning ending 4-6-3 double play.
Max Walla started the winning rally for the Rattlers with a one out double in the tenth. Walla entered the game as a defensive replacement for Gomez in the sixth inning after Gomez had finished his planned five innings in the game. His double ended a string of 13 straight Rattlers retired by Burlington reliever Seth Frankoff. Jason Rogers drew a walk from Frankoff to put two runners on with one out and brought Ramirez to the plate.
Burlington went to the bullpen and brought lefty Jeff Urlaub on to face the left-handed Ramirez to try to get the double play and extend the game to the eleventh.
Ramirez fouled off a tough 2-2 pitch before lining the next offering on one hop off the left field wall to send Walla home with the winning run to snap Wisconsin's three game losing streak.
The win was the fourth "walkoff" in 24 home games this season for the Timber Rattlers. In 2011, Wisconsin had four "walkoff" wins in 70 home games.
Game two of the series is Thursday night. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez is scheduled to make his second rehabilitation start for the Timber Rattlers in this game. The scheduling pitching matchup is Matt Miller (2-3, 3.95) for the Timber Rattlers and Raul Alcantara (2-4, 4.41) for the Bees. Game time is 6:35pm.
The first 1,000 fans to attend this game will receive a poster of Timber Rattlers RBI leader Jason Rogers. This poster is the fourth in a series of ten that are to be given away during the 2012 season.
Thursday is a Slugger's Sports Bar Thirsty Thursday presented by 95.9 KISS FM and College Night. As part of College Night, college students may take advantage of $1 reserved bleacher tickets just by showing their college ID when they purchase the ticket. All fans can enjoy 16oz soda and beer for just $2 as part of Thirsty Thursday presented by Slugger's Sports Bar! After the game, those in attendance can take their ticket stub to Sluggers Sports Bar - located in Super Bowl on Northland Avenue - to win Miller Lite drinks and prizes.
Sean Jamieson (1st, 0 in 6th inning off Andy Moye, 2 out)
Ben McMahan (2nd, 0 on in 4th inning off Brent Powers, 0 out)
Jason Rogers (4th, 0 on in 5th inning, off Brent Powers, 1 out)
WP: Tommy Toledo (5-0)
LP: Seth Frankoff (0-2)
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