Minor League Roundup: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Single-A Wisconsin of the Midwest League went 2-4 this week and much like big-brother Inland Empire, had to have their bullpen bail them out when the bats weren't hitting.

The offensive stars of the week for the Timber Rattlers were outfielders TJ Bohn and Gary Harris, 3B Matt Hagen and SS Michael Garciaparra.

Bohn, 23, went 7-20 (.350) with his 12th homerun, two doubles, two runs scored and five RBI. For the season Bohn has improved his overall average to .263 to go with 13 homeruns and 57 RBI.

Hagen, 23, didn't light the world on fire but for a team that hit a paltry .251 for the week, the three-bagger's 5-23 week (.217) shines through due to his two solo homeruns and four runs scored. Hagen now has 18 homeruns on the year.

Garciaparra continues to fight his way back to respectability, posting another solid week. He went 6-17 to raise his season average to .233. His defense still needs some polishing and the fine-tuning is far from done on the offensive side, but "‘Lil G" is coming along nicely of late.

In the past, it appeared that being the younger brother of a successful big leaguer was wearing thin on the 20-year-old. That seems to have changed some since June 30, when Garciaparra began his groove. In July, Garciaparra is hitting .348 and has raised his average 36 points.

He put up two multi-hit games during the week as well, bringing his July total of games with two or more base hits to nine.

Harris went 6-22 (.273) with a homerun, five runs scored and four RBI. The 23-year-old outfielder had at least one hit in five of six games played.

The bullpen's top hurlers, Justin Dowdy and Miguel Martinez, led the pitching staff. The two took over the games in which they were called upon, going a combined nine innings without allowing a run.

Dowdy held all 16 batters he faced without a hit.

Martinez's lowered his season ERA to 1.03 in 35 innings of work.

Juan Sandoval and Bobby Livingston led the starting staff.

Sandoval, 22, went seven solid innings amd allowed just two earned runs. He struck out four and walked three. The right-hander's ERA has dropped to 4.40 on the year.

Livingston, 20, had a mediocre start this week but hung tough and showed a lot of poise while giving up four earned runs in seven innings. The left-hander is still among the league leaders in wins (12) and ERA (2.73).

Wisconsin fell to 12-21 in the 2nd half and is still in last place in their division.


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