Timber Rattlers beat Snappers 9-5 in early game

A seven-run 3rd inning was enough for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to beat the Beloit Snappers, 9-5, in the last game of their three-game series.

Here’s what happened that inning, as described in Wisconsin’s game story:

Wisconsin sent eleven men to the plate in the top of the third inning and scored seven runs to take control of the game. Jose Sermo started the inning with a single. (Alfredo) Rodriguez singled and Orlando Arcia walked to load the bases with no outs. Tyrone Taylor lined a double off the glove of the Beloit third baseman to drive in Sermo and Rodriguez. (Michael) Reed followed with a two-run single to drive in Arcia and Taylor for a 5-0 lead.

That single by Reed knocked Beloit starting pitcher Dakota Bacus out of the game and the Snappers called on Stu Pudenz to stop the Wisconsin onslaught.

Adam Giacalone greeted Pudenz with a double to left-center that drove in Reed for a 6-0 lead.

Pudenz got the first out of the inning, but the Timber Rattlers weren’t done. Max Walla singled and Chris McFarland walked to load the bases again. Sermo, in his second at bat of the third inning, singled to drive in two more runs for an 8-0 lead.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3B Jose Sermo singles to start the 7-run 3rd inning.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3B Jose Sermo singles to start the 7-run 3rd inning.

Unfortunately for the Timber Rattlers, the inning didn’t end well for Sermo. Here’s the report from T-Rats radio broadcaster Chris Mehring on his blog, Rattler Radio:

Jose Sermo tried to avoid a tag on a grounder to second on the inning-ending double play in the top of the third.  He could not avoid the tag and tweaked a little something.  He was limping a bit when the team got back to Appleton.  We’ll see where that goes for tomorrow.

You can see Sermo on the ground in the background of this crowded photo I took simply to remember that Chris McFarland (No. 4) is the subject of the previous picture I snapped:

Sermo on the ground

Here’s the McFarland photo I mentioned:

Timber Rattlers 2B Chris McFarland heads for 3rd base during the big 3rd inning.

Timber Rattlers 2B Chris McFarland heads for 3rd base during the big 3rd inning.

As you can see in the above photo, the Timber Rattlers wore their “T-Rats” alternate road jerseys.

Wisconsin’s Michael Reed drove in three runs, and teammates Sermo, Adam Giacalone and Tyrone Taylor each drove in two.

LF Michael Reed put the Timber Rattlers on the board with this RBI single in the 1st inning.

LF Michael Reed put the Timber Rattlers on the board with this RBI single in the 1st inning.

All the offense wasn’t confined to Wisconsin’s side of the scoreboard, but Timber Rattlers SP Tyler Wagner (5-3) did a great job limiting Beloit’s ability to plate runs. He gave up only one run on four hits and no walks in 7 IP. He struck out four batters.

The Snappers fared better against the Timber Rattlers bullpen, especially in the 9th inning, when 2B Christopher Bostick hit a two-out grand slam off RP Martin Viramontes.

Beloit's Chris Bostick is greeted by teammates at home after hitting a 9th-inning grand slam.

Beloit’s Chris Bostick (No. 20) is greeted by teammates at home after hitting a 9th-inning grand slam.

Snappers SP Dakota Bacus (4-2) got the loss after giving up six runs on five hits and two walks in 2 IP (including five batters in the top of the 3rd inning). Perhaps he was still tired from all the effort he put into being a “whitewall ninja” during the previous game.

Snappers pitcher Dakota Bacus hiding against the LF wall at Pohlman Field.

Snappers pitcher Dakota Bacus hiding against the LF wall at Pohlman Field.

Yes, that’s Bacus making like the Invisible Man while the game was in progress. Play was halted after an umpire noticed him out there, with Victor Roache at the plate. (Mehring wrote about the incident here. Photo tweeted by Hilary Bauer, the T-Rats’ marketing coordinator and on-field emcee.)

The announced attendance for the afternoon game was 938.

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