The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers beat the Kane County Cougars 3-2 Wednesday in a noon game that included a 27-minute rain delay.
Whereas Tuesday’s game featured plenty of offense, Wednesday’s game was generally easier on the pitchers. Wisconsin’s starting pitcher, LHP Anthony Banda, gave up two runs on five hits, four walks, a wild pitch and a balk, while striking out six batters in five innings. He got the win.
Banda was relieved by RHP Victor Diaz, who shut down the Cougars for the final four innings of the game. He walked two batters but didn’t allow any hits.
Cougars SP Tyler Skulina pitched five innings, giving up one run on five hits, a walk and a hit batsman. He struck out five batters. (You may recall that Skulina and Nathan Dorris combined efforts to no-hit the Quad Cities River Bandits last month.)
There weren’t a lot of offensive highlights in this game, but the most notable one probably was the long home run hit by Cougars C Kyle Schwarber in the 3rd inning.
Schwarber, the fourth-overall pick in this year’s draft, also singled, stole a base, and threw out two would-be base-stealers. In his 11 pro games so far (split between Kane County and short-season Boise), Schwarber is hitting .513 (20-for-39) with 6 HR and 13 RBI.
The offensive highlight for the Timber Rattlers was 1B Garrett Cooper’s RBI double with two outs in the top of the 4th inning.
Cougars CF Jake Hannemann went 1-for-3 with a walk and two stolen bases. He stole home in the bottom of the 5th inning; it was supposed to be a squeeze play with SS Carlos Penalver at the plate, but Banda’s pitch was in the dirt, so Hannemann ended up with a straight steal.
There was a 27-minute rain delay between the second and third outs in the top of the 7th inning.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler