On the fourth and fifth days of my road trip to Cooperstown, I watched the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers take two games from the Lake County Captains. The Captains have now lost eight consecutive games; the Timber Rattlers have won four in a row.
The Timber Rattlers took control of Wednesday’s game early with a five-run 1st inning. They added three more runs in the 4th inning and won the game 8-4.
David Denson and Jose Pena each had two hits and three RBI for the Timber Rattlers; Pena hit a solo home run. Chris McFarland went 3-for-5 with two stolen bases.
Captains SP Dace Kime gave up all eight runs, including an unearned one. He gave up nine hits, two walks and two wild pitches, and struck out two batters in four innings.
Timber Rattlers SP Preston Gainey got the win. He gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits, two walks and a wild pitch in five innings. He struck out three batters.
The only notable offensive performance for the Captains was Clint Frazier’s 3-for-3 line that included a solo homer in the 1st inning. That was nice for me to see because it was the first time I got to see Frazier play in person; I saw the Captains play a pair of games in Kane County early in the season, but he wasn’t with the team yet.
It was also the first time I got to see Mike Papi, this year’s first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians. (Frazier was Cleveland’s top draft pick last year.) Papi went a combined 0-for-6 during the two games I attended.
I don’t get to visit Lake County very often, so I’m glad I got to meet several Classic Park press box denizens during Wednesday’s game: David Glasier of The News-Herald, Tyler Stotsky of Indians Baseball Insider, and Tim Shirer of the Lake County Sentinel.
I appreciate the time each of them took to talk with me. You can read Glasier’s story about my Midwest League travels here.
Just as they did the previous night, the Timber Rattlers used an early offensive outburst to take control of Thursday’s game and win it 7-4.
The Timber Rattlers scored seven runs in the top of the 2nd inning; all of them came with two outs. Four players were credited with RBI: Chris McFarland (2), David Denson, Taylor Brennan and Angel Ortega.
The Timber Rattlers got only one more hit after that fruitful frame — an 8th-inning single by Rafael Neda. Regardless, the seven-run stake was more than enough for Wisconsin SP Anthony Banda, who gave up only three hits and a walk while striking out six batters in seven scoreless innings.
The Captains scored all four of their runs off Timber Rattlers RP Victor Diaz, who pitched the final two frames of the game. Lake County’s catcher, Richard Stock, went 3-for-4 with a double and a two-run homer.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler