Timber Rattlers even series with 6-3 win over Bees

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3B Sthervin Matos went 3-for-3 with a double and a RBI sac fly in his team's 6-3 win Tuesday.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3B Sthervin Matos went 3-for-3 with a double and a RBI sac fly in his team’s 6-3 win.

Sthervin Matos had three hits and Luis Aviles drove in three runs to lead the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to a 6-3 win over the Burlington Bees on Tuesday afternoon.

The T-Rats victory evened the series at a win apiece. (Read my post about the first game here.)

After failing to capitalize on a leadoff triple by Tucker Neuhaus in the bottom of the 1st inning, the Timber Rattlers scored first with a pair of runs in the 2nd inning. Matos singled home a run and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Mitch Meyer.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers LF Mitch Meyer swings at a pitch during Tuesday's game.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers LF Mitch Meyer swings at a pitch during Tuesday’s game.

The Bees gained a 3-2 advantage by scoring once in the 3rd and twice in the 4th, but the Timber Rattlers took back the lead for good on a two-run double by Luis Aviles in the bottom of the 4th.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers CF Luis Aviles breaks for third base.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers CF Luis Aviles heads to third base on a groundout by DH Tucker Neuhaus in the 4th inning of Tuesday’s game.

David Denson doubled home a run in the 6th before Aviles drove in the game’s final run in the 8th.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 1B David Denson rejoined the team from the rookie-level Helena Brewers on Monday.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 1B David Denson rejoined the team from the rookie-level Helena Brewers on Monday.

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The lighting at Fox Cities Stadium during Tuesday’s game was great for shooting photos, so I took a lot of them. Well, I actually take a lot of photos at most Midwest League games I attend, but I shot even more than usual this time.

Here are some Timber Rattlers playing pepper before the game.

T-Rats playing pepper

Tim Arakawa had two hits for the Bees. Here he is heading to the plate in the top of the 1st inning.

Tim Arakawa on deck

Here is a close-up of Bees third baseman Zach Houchins exchanging pleasantries with Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson before the bottom half of the 1st inning.

Zach Houchins

Here is Wisconsin’s Elvis Rubio looking up after sliding safely into third base.

Elvis Rubio safe at 3rd base

One of the between-innings promotions at Fox Cities Stadium involves BubbleBalls, as seen here.

BubbleBalls

Trevor Gretzky, son of hockey great Wayne Gretzky, plays left field for the Bees this year. He also played 50 games with the Bees last year and 14 games with the Kane County Cougars in 2013.

Trevor Gretzky

Gretzky was picked off first base in the top of the 4th inning, but it didn’t count because Timber Rattlers pitcher Eric Hanhold committed a balk when he threw to first base. Denson is applying the tag.

Trevor Gretzky picked off

Speaking of Timber Rattlers pitchers, here is a photo of reliever Gian Rizzo, who has his name tattooed on his left forearm.

Gian Rizzo

Greg McCall was Wisconsin’s catcher Tuesday.

Greg McCall

Finally, here is a warning for all who enter Fox Cities Stadium.

Bratzooka sign

I hope you enjoyed these photos. Let me know if you want to see more photo-heavy posts like this in the future — you just might get your wish!

*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler

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