All three games in the weekend series between the Burlington Bees and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers were won by one run. After the opening contest was won 3-2 by the Bees — I wrote about that game here — the Timber Rattlers won the second game 1-0 and the third game 2-1.
The second game featured a rehab start by Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zach Davies, who is coming back from a rotator cuff injury. Davies was excellent, giving up only two hits while striking out nine batters and walking none in 4.2 scoreless innings. He was relieved by Alec Bettinger, who scattered one hit and three walks while striking out three batters in 4.1 innings. Bettinger walked the first three batters he faced, but escaped the two-out, bases-loaded jam by getting Torii Hunter Jr. to pop out.
Pitching was excellent for the Bees, too. Starter Simon Mathews allowed only two hits and a walk while striking out eight batters in five innings. Reliever Jorge Tavarez gave up three hits and the game’s only run (on an RBI single by Tristen Lutz), struck out three batters and walked none in three innings.
Wisconsin’s Joantgel Segovia was the only player with more than one hit in the game.
The series finale was another pitchers’ duel, though it involved twice as many pitchers and lasted 10 innings. Burlington scored first on a solo homer by Jo Adell in the top of the 6th inning. Adell — the top Los Angeles Angels prospect still playing in the minors — has homered five times during his current seven-game hitting streak.
An RBI double by Lutz tied the score in the 8th before the Timber Rattlers won on two-out RBI single by Payton Henry in the 10th.
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*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler