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.
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.
David Denson doubled home a run in the 6th before Aviles drove in the game’s final run in the 8th.
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.
Tim Arakawa had two hits for the Bees. Here he is heading to the plate in the top of the 1st inning.
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.
Here is Wisconsin’s Elvis Rubio looking up after sliding safely into third base.
One of the between-innings promotions at Fox Cities Stadium involves BubbleBalls, as seen here.
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.
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.
Speaking of Timber Rattlers pitchers, here is a photo of reliever Gian Rizzo, who has his name tattooed on his left forearm.
Greg McCall was Wisconsin’s catcher Tuesday.
Finally, here is a warning for all who enter Fox Cities Stadium.
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