BELOIT, WI - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers played the waiting game on Sunday afternoon at Pohlman Field and it paid off for them despite almost waiting too long. The Rattlers trailed the Beloit Snappers 3-0 with one out and none on in the top of the ninth inning only to rally for an unlikely 4-3 ten inning victory. Orlando Arcia tied the game on a bases loaded triple with two outs in the ninth and Garrett Cooper drove in what turned out to be the game winner in the tenth. The win was the second straight for Wisconsin and kept them within three games of the second half Western Division Wild Card.
The Snappers (67-58 overall, 24-31 second half) took the lead with an unearned run in the bottom of the third inning. Dayton Alexander started the frame with a single. He stole second and went to third on an error. Rattlers starter Austin Ross got the first out with a strikeout to keep Alexander at third base. But, a grounder to short off the bat of Brett Vertigan drove in the run and Beloit had a 1-0 lead.
Beloit added to their lead in the fifth inning. They loaded the bases on three singles. Rattlers starter Austin Ross jammed Aaron Shipman, who sent a broken bat grounder to Chris McFarland at second base. But, the Rattlers could only get the out at second base and the fielder's choice got the run home from third for a 2-0 lead.
Wisconsin (54-66, 25-30) managed three hits off Beloit starter Deyvi Jimenez through six innings. Jimenez walked two, struck out five, and turned the game over to his bullpen in the top of the seventh.
But, before the first Beloit reliever took the hill in the seventh, the Snappers offense added another run in the bottom of the sixth. Daniel Robertson doubled to lead off the inning. John Wooten doubled with one out to drive in Robertson for a 3-0 lead.
Nolan Sanburn took over for Jimenez and tossed two more scoreless innings before turning the ball over to Tyler Vail in the top of the ninth. To this point in the game, only one Rattler player had reached second base. That player was Tyrone Taylor, who singled to start the game and stole second, but was left stranded there when the top of the first inning ended.
Vail retired the first batter of the inning. Then, things got interesting. Garrett Cooper, Parker Berberet, and Max Walla singled to load the bases. Vail got the second out with a strikeout. Orlando Arcia was next and he sent a sinking line drive to right. Aaron Shipman tried to make a diving catch to end the game. The ball hit in front of Shipman and he could not keep the ball in front of him. The ball rolled all the way to the wall and all three base runners scored on the triple by Arcia to tie the game.
Wisconsin reliever Taylor Wall worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth inning and the game went to extra innings.
Adrian Williams and Victor Roache both singled with one out in the top of the tenth against Chris Lamb, the fourth Beloit pitcher of the game. Williams and Roache pulled a double steal on a 1-2 pitch to Cooper. The pitch missed for ball two and Cooper was at the plate with two runners in scoring position. That situation forced the Snappers to bring their infield in to try and cut down the run at the plate. Cooper took advantage of the defensive alignment and slammed a pitch through the right side of the infield. Williams scored for a 4-3 lead. Roache was out at the plate on the play and the Rattlers would not score again. But, they did not need to score another run.
Wall did allow a leadoff single to Shipman in the bottom of the tenth, but he retired the next three batters without incident to cap another comeback win over the Snappers by Wisconsin.
Just thirteen days ago - on August 5 - the Timber Rattlers scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Snappers 6-5 at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.
Game three of the series is Monday night at Pohlman Field. The Timber Rattlers have Ryan Gibbard (4-4, 4.82) as the scheduled starting pitcher. Beloit will send Derek DeYoung (5-5, 4.22) to the mound. Game time is 7:00pm. Tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or IHeartRadio starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:40pm.
WP: Taylor Wall (2-3)
LP: Chris Lamb (2-5)
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