GRAND CHUTE, WI - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers had a lot of base runners early, but couldn't get a big hit on Saturday night against the Beloit Snappers at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. The Snappers received two key hits in the contest and pulled away for a 5-2 win over the home team.
Beloit (23-37) took advantage of a bout of wildness from Wisconsin starting pitcher Reese Olson in the third inning to take the lead. Olson walked three to load the bases. Max Schuemann drove in the first run of the game with a ground out. Anthony Churlin made the score 3-0 when he ripped a double down the line in left.
Wisconsin (29-32) got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. Chad McClanahan drew a walk with one out. Gabriel García followed with a towering fly ball to left that stayed fair for a two-run home run. The home run was the fifth of the season for García and it pulled Wisconsin to within a run.
The Rattlers had several free base runners in the early stages of the game as Beloit starting pitcher Bryce Conley walked six and hit one batter in the first five innings, but he limited Wisconsin to two runs on two hits.
García drew a lead-off walk from Snappers reliever Richard Guasch to start the bottom of the sixth. A sacrifice bunt moved him to second and he advanced to third on a wild pitch. But, Guasch stranded García at third and the Rattlers still trailed by one run.
Ryan Gridley gave Beloit some breathing room when he cracked a two-out, two-run home run and the Snappers were up 5-2.
In the ninth, the Rattlers got the tying run to the plate against Guasch. Korry Howell singled with one out and Antonio Piñero singled with two outs to put runners at the corners. But, Guasch got the final out to close out the game for his first save of the season.
All-Star Adam Hill (5-4, 4.86) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Rattlers on Sunday. Beloit has named Joe DeMers (0-1, 6.59) as their starter. Game time is 1:05pm.
Zach Davies made three appearances for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 2018 and we celebrate that by giving him a bobblehead this year. The first 1,000 fans to attend Sunday's game will receive a bobblehead of the Brewers ace courtesy of U.S. Cellular.
Daniel Tiger will be coming to our neighborhood to meet his young fans during this game and Forefront Dermatology and the American Cancer Society will be on hand to promote sun safety and the dangers of overexposure to UV rays with Cover Your Bases and free samples of Blue Lizard Sunscreen.
Get to the park early to play catch in the outfield courtesy of Rasmussen College starting at noon. Timber Rattlers players and coaches will wear their 2019 Brewers-themed jerseys for this game as part of Brewers Sunday with Rasmussen College and Star 98.5.
The players will be available for a postgame autograph session sponsored by Tundraland.
If you can't make it out to the game, there are several ways to follow the action. Saturday's game will be televised on CW-14 in Northeastern Wisconsin and on My-24 in Southeastern Wisconsin starting at 1:00pm. The radio broadcast is on AM1280, WNAM and the TuneIn Radio app starting with the Papa John's Pizza Pregame Show at 12:45pm. MiLB.tv subscribers can watch the game over the internet.
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