Wisconsin rattles Peoria 5-1 in MWL ‘Border Battle’

I would’ve liked a different outcome to the game, but I enjoyed yesterday’s “Border Battle” between the Peoria Chiefs and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Miller Park, home of the Timber Rattlers’ parent organization, the Milwaukee Brewers.

I love watching baseball at any level, and the unusual combination of minor-league baseball and a major-league ballpark makes for a can’t-miss event, in my opinion. Additionally, my favorite minor-league team, the Peoria Chiefs, were playing at my second-favorite major-league ballpark, Miller Park. (My favorite is Wrigley Field, of course.)

So naturally, despite the Chiefs losing 5-1, I had a good time at Miller Park. I even bought an AWESOME seat for $10 — which I gave up because the ticket guy put me in the front row of the section next to the Timber Rattlers dugout, even though I specifically asked for a seat on the Chiefs side. Either he made a mistake or he thought it would be funny to put a guy wearing a Peoria Chiefs jersey-style shirt next to a bunch of hardcore Timber Rattlers fans.

But I digress.

After arriving at the park, I watched the Peoria Chiefs take batting practice for about 30 minutes. That was a treat, since fans typically aren’t in the ballpark when minor-league batting practice is going on.

The star of the game was Timber Rattlers 2B Greg Hopkins, who blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. He went 3-for-4, drove in four RBI and stole a base. And, to keep himself humble, he made an error, too.

Timber Rattlers SP Brooks Hall (4-1) earned the win, giving up just four hits, one run and no walks in five innings.

Eric Marzec pitched the last two innings for the Timber Rattlers.

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