GRAND CHUTE, WI - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers defeated the Kane County Cougars 9-2 on Tuesday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. The Rattlers banged out eleven hits en route to their fourth straight win.
The Rattlers (17-18) took the lead in the bottom of the third inning. Brent Díaz doubled to open the inning. Korry Howell was next and his infield single put runners at the corner. Brice Turang got Díaz home with a sacrifice fly for the 1-0 lead.
Kane County (21-17) tied the game in the top of the fourth on a long home run to right by Alek Thomas.
Wisconsin went back in front in the bottom of the fourth. Gabriel García doubled to start the inning and Chad McClanahan followed with an RBI single for the 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Díaz blooped a two-out single down the line in right to score a run and move LG Castillo from first to third.
The Rattlers used trickery to get their third run of the inning. Díaz broke from first on a pitch to the plate and drew a throw. He stayed in the rundown long enough for Castillo to break for the plate and score the run to make it 4-1.
Adam Hill was the starting pitcher for the Rattlers and he allowed one run on two hits over 5-1/3 innings before giving way to the bullpen.
Wisconsin's offense put the game away with five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Castillo drove in the first run of the inning with a grounder. A two-out error on a grounder off the bat of Díaz let in another run. Then, Howell doubled to right-center and Díaz scored. That knocked Kane County starting pitcher Ryan Weiss out of the game.
Turang greeted reliever Ryan Fritze with a two-run home run to the Wisconsin bullpen a little to the right of dead center. The homer was Turang's first in the Midwest League and the Rattlers were up 9-1. The home run also gave Turang three RBI in the game.
The final run of the game scored on a sacrifice fly by Eddie Hernandez in the top of the seventh. Kane County got no closer than 9-2.
Wisconsin has reached double digits in hits in their last three games and in four of their last five contests. Jesús Lujano had three hits in Tuesday's game. It was his second straight three-hit game.
The four-game winning streak is the first of the season for Wisconsin as they have pulled back to within one game of the .500 mark.
The Timber Rattlers host the Cougars in the final game of the series on Wednesday night. Logan Gillaspie (0-0, 2.95) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin. Kane County has named Levi Kelly (0-0, 2.08) as their starter. Game time is 6:35pm.
The left field berm will set aside as a seating area for fans and their dogs on Wednesday for the second of five Bark in the Park games presented by Fox Valley Animal Referral Center. Please see the release at this link for details on the event and the guidelines to allow your dog to attend the game.
Enjoy Cher-Make Hot dogs and 16-ounce Pepsi products available for $1. There are also 16-ounce domestic beers available for $2 to those of legal drinking age on this Bang for Your Buck Night with Y100. Members of Paw Patrol will return to the ballpark for this game for pictures with their fans of all ages.
Additionally, to celebrate former Timber Rattlers Keston Hiura's promotion to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Timber Rattlers ticket office has announced a 15-hour flash sale for Wednesday's game that began at 3:00pm (1500 hours) on Tuesday. Hiura wore number 15 when he was a Rattler, he is the #15 prospect in all of baseball, and Wednesday is May 15. Order tickets through the Timber Rattlers website and use promocode "Keston" to receive a $5 reserved seat bleacher ticket for Wednesday's game. The offer ends at 6:00pm on Wednesday.
If you can't make it out to the game, you can still catch all the action. The radio broadcast is on AM1280, WNAM and the TuneIn Radio app starting with the Papa John's Pizza Pregame Show at 6:15pm. MiLB.tv subscribers can watch the game over the internet.
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