GRAND CHUTE, WI - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers were looking forward to some home cooking at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium on Monday night. But, the Quad Cities River Bandits and Dail Villanueva spoiled the homecoming. The Bandits beat the Timber Rattlers 4-1 in Wisconsin's first home game since June 11. Villanueva was the main culprit as he struck out six over seven shutout innings.
Quad Cities (38-35 overall, 3-1 second half) broke the scoreless tie in the fourth inning. But, they needed a couple of cracks at getting that first run. Anthony Garcia doubled with one out. David Medina followed with a sharp single to center. Garcia headed for the plate, but a strong throw from Mitch Haniger caught the River Bandits runner at home.
Luis Mateo was next and he doubled off the wall in left field to drive in Medina with the first run of the game.
Rattlers starting pitcher Mark Williams walked the first two batters in the top of the fifth inning. Then, Matt Williams hit a three-run home run to left and the River Bandits went up 4-0.
Villanueva kept the Rattlers (44-29, 0-4) out of the hit column until the fifth inning. Chadwin Stang broke up the no-hitter with a two-out triple in the fifth. But, Stang was left stranded at third. Villanueva gave up a one out triple to Yadiel Rivera in the sixth and a two out double to Cameron Garfield in the seventh, but he ended each inning without allowing a run. In all, Wisconsin had a runner at third base four times in the game, but they could not get the key hit to score that runner.
Cameron Garfield prevented the shutout with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to drive in Mitch Haniger from second base.
The loss was the sixth straight for the Timber Rattlers,
Game two of the series is Tuesday night. Chad Thompson (2-1, 5.31) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Willy Paulino (2-4, 5.30) is set to start for the River Bandits. Game time is 7:05pm.
The first in a series of four magnets from Lamers Bus Lines will be given away to the first 500 fans to attend this game. Timber Rattlers All-Star pitcher and Brewers prospect Drew Gagnon is on magnet #1. Plus, as part of WVBO, 103.9, American TV Tuesday one fan in attendance will win a 32" flat-screen TV from American TV of Appleton.
If you can't make it to the game, tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:45pm. Subscribers to MiLB.TV can watch the action, too.
Matt Williams (3rd, 2 on in 5th inning off Mark Williams, 0 out)
WP: Dail Villanueva (4-4)
LP: Mark Williams (4-6)