Minor League Notes

Game notes for the High Desert Mavericks and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers for the games of June 6, 2008

High Desert Mavericks game notes for 6/8/2008
(courtesy Alex Freedman, High Desert Mavericks)

In case you missed it…

For the first time this season, the Mavs lost in extra innings, falling 6-5 in 11 against Modesto Wednesday night. The Nuts loaded the bases with none out in the 11th. David Asher got Mike Paulk to pop out to shallow center for the first out, keeping the winning run at third. Victor Ferrante was down in the count at 0-2, but delivered a single up the middle to bring home Travis Becktel. It was redemption for Ferrante, who came up in the same situation in the ninth. With the bases loaded and one out, he grounded into an inning ending double play, sending the game to extras. The Mavs had plenty of chances to take a late lead, putting the go-ahead run in scoring position with one out in each of the last three innings. They even loaded the bases with two outs in the 11th, but Greg Halman lined out to short to end the inning. The Mavs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Carlos Peguero and made it 2-0 in the third when Tyson Gillies scored on a wild pitch. In the fourth they added two more on a solo homer by Peguero and an RBI single by Travis Scott. Modesto scored its first run of the game in the fourth when Matt Repec delivered a two-out RBI single to make it 4-1. The Mavs answered with one in the fifth on yet another RBI single by Peguero, but he committed a baserunning error and was taken out of the ballgame. The Nuts staged a huge four-run rally in the fifth, as every hitter worked Anthony Varvaro deep into the count. Paulk had a two-run double to pull Modesto within one and Repec connected on another two-out RBI single to tie it. David Patton (1-1) earned the win by getting in and out of trouble in the top of the 11th. Asher (2-1), in a rare case of being used for multiple innings, got the loss.

Getting To Know…Alfredo Venegas (3-3, 4.25 ERA)

Venegas will immediately follow Anderson Garcia who will pitch 3-4 innings

Last Time Out: 4 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K @ MOD, 6/1 (L)

After walking only one batter through his first 25.1 IP, he has walked 7 in his last 10.2…however, is he averaging better than one strikeout per inning, with 37 in 36 IP
Has pitched well in the hitter-friendly High Desert, going 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA in 5 app.

Traditionally a starter, he has had to piggyback various pitchers this season…ERA is 4.91 out of the bullpen, opposed to just 3.21 as a starter

From Guayaquil, Ecuador, the largest city in the country

Against the Storm…
2008 Record: 4-5    Home/Road: 2-1/2-3
2007 Record: 10-13 Home/Road: 6-6/4-7
Next Series: June 13-15 @ Lake Elsinore
Total Games: 28 (13 H/15 R)
The last time the Mavs played the Storm, it was a rather forgettable game.  Despite having a 11-5 lead in the 7th inning, the Quakes scored twice in the seventh and then six more times in the eighth to win 13-11 on May 4. The game cost the Mavs a rare road series victory as well as a share of first place.  

Fact of the Day…  
The Mavs are last in the league with a .224 road batting average, but first with a .303 home average.  The road woes continued on their 2-6 road swing, hitting .212 and averaging 3 runs per game.  Without their 15 hit performance in the last game, the Mavs hit .184 over the other 7.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers game notes for 6/8/2008
(courtesy Chris Mehring, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers)

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Timber Rattlers beat the Quad Cities River Bandits 4-3 in 10 innings. Gavin Dickey, who had three hits, hit a game-winning home run to lead off the bottom of the tenth inning. The Rattlers have won four straight games.

IN THE HOLE: Quad Cities scored twice in the top of the first inning off Rattler starting pitcher Juan Ramirez. A two-run single by Juan Ramirez plated both runs.

COMEBACK: The Rattlers scored single runs in the second and fifth innings to tie the game 2-2.

TWO WITH THREE: Wisconsin had a pair of hitters with three hits in the game last night. Calvin Beamon had three singles, an RBI, and a run scored. Dickey had a single, double, and home run.

BAKER'S DOZEN FOR DICKEY: The Rattlers trailed 3-2 with one out and Beamon at first base in the bottom of the eighth inning. Dickey fell behind Quad Cities reliever Josh Wilson 0-2, but worked the count to 3-2 and fouled off five pitches. On the twelfth pitch of the at bat, Dickey popped a pitch up into foul territory up the first base line, but catcher Luis De La Cruz could not make the catch. On the thirteenth pitch of the at bat, Dickey lined a double into the left field corner to drive Beamon home with the tying run.

END OF THE DROUGHT: The home run by Dickey was the first by a Rattler since Mendez hit a lead-off homer against the Peoria Chiefs on May 26. The last time a Rattler homered at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium before last night was May 17, when Scott Robinson hit a game winning homer in the bottom of the ninth to beat Kane County.

BAKER'S DOZEN FOR MENDEZ: Rattler outfielder Maximo Mendez went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks last night to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He is 21-for-51 (.412) during the streak. The 13-game streak is the longest current hitting streak in the Midwest League.

MORE ZEROS: The Timber Rattler bullpen pitched four scoreless innings last night. Travis Mortimore (3IP) and Jake Wild (IP) have extended the Rattler pen's scoreless streak to nine innings.

EXTRA MILE: The Rattlers are 1-1 in extra innings this season. Their prior extra inning game in 2008 was a 1-0 loss in ten innings against Burlington on May 12 at home.

SWEET SIXTEEN: The Rattlers are 12-4 in their last 16 home games.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Quad Cities River Bandits are the Midwest League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. They are currently 30-28 and in fourth place in the Midwest League Western Division. Both Quad Cities trails division leading Clinton by 10 games. The River Bandits are 4.5 games behind the Kane County Cougars for the first half wild card spot in the Western Division. Quad Cities is 15-16 in 31 road games this season.

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