BURLINGTON, IA - The Burlington Bees completed a three-game sweep of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to open the second half of the Midwest League season. Burlington edged the Rattlers 5-4 on Sunday afternoon at Community Field. The Bees rallied from a 4-2 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on for the win.
Max Muncy put the Bees (35-37 overall, 3-0 second half) in front with his first professional hit. Oakland's 2012 fifth round pick out of Baylor hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning made t 2-0 in favor of Burlington.
The Rattlers (44-28, 0-3) rallied for a run in the top of the second inning. Chadwin Stang doubled with one out. Lance Roenicke followed with a single to shallow left. Stang rounded third, but held. However, Roenicke rounded first base too far and drew a throw. But, the Bees had no one covering first base and Roenicke outran Chih-Fang Pan back to the first base bag as Stang broke for the plate to score the first Rattlers run.
It was Stang and Roenicke who started a two-out rally in the top of the fifth to put Wisconsin in front for the first time of the afternoon. Stang drew a two-out walk against Bees starter Drew Granier on a 3-2 pitch. Roenicke followed with a base hit to left to put runners on the corners.
Then, Brandon Macias dropped a drag bunt up the third base line for a single. The throw to first was wild and both Stang and Roenicke scored as Macias motored around to third base. Mitch Haniger followed with a single to left to send Macias home for a 4-2 lead.
Goforth rebounded from his rough second inning and shut the Bees through the fifth inning. He allowed one hit - the homer by Muncy - walked four and struck out four. But, he was not involved in the decision.
Chad Pierce relieved Goforth to start the bottom of the sixth inning and gave up singles to the first two batters he faced. Rashun Dixon was next and he doubled high off the wall in left field to drive in both runners. Muncy singled on the next pitch to score Dixon and give the Bees a 5-4 lead.
Stang reached first on a bunt single with one out in the top of the seventh and stole second base, but he was left stranded when the inning ended.
Burlington's bullpen shutdown the Rattlers over the final four innings of the game. Bees relievers extended their current scoreless streak to 18-1/3 innings with their work on Sunday.
The Timber Rattlers begin a six-game homestand on Monday night when they return home to face the Quad Cities River Bandits. Mark Williams (4-5, 2.15) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin. Dail Villanueva (3-4, 4.19) is scheduled to start for Quad Cities. Game time is 7:05pm.
Monday is Peanut Free Night at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. No peanuts will be sold or be on the premises to allow fans with peanut allergies to attend the game.
Monday is also US Cellular You Run the Show Night. Fans have selected many of the promotions that will occur during the game by voting on the Timber Rattlers facebook page. Fans voted to have the US Cellulatr drawstring backpack as the item that will be given away to the first 1,000 fans to enter stadium before the game.
Additionally, the Timber Rattlers and Fox Cities Social have set up an interactive scavenger hunt during the game for a chance to win prizes. There will also be a designated meet-up area for fans to catch up with their social media friends. Follow the action for "You Run the Show Night" on Twitter through the hashtag #tratnation.
It's a B104.7 Qdoba Q*Monday, too. Fans may receive a free ticket to this game or any Monday home game on the 2012 schedule when they purchase a lunch entrée at the Qdoba by the Fox River Mall on Monday.
If you can't make it out to the ballpark on Monday, you may catch Timber Rattlers action on the radio, on the internet, or on TV. The radio broadcast is on AM1280, WNAM and timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:45pm. If you subscribe to MiLB.TV, you can follow the video action. Sports32 will telecast the game to Time Warner Cable subscribers.
Max Muncy (1st, 1 on in 2nd off David Goforth, 0 out)
WP: Chas Mye (2-0)
LP: Chad Pierce (1-2)
SAVE: Jeff Urlaub (1)