High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (8-12)
After sitting just a game below .500, the Timber Rattlers looked to get things back on track as they reach the conclusion of the first month. The Timber Rattlers took advantage of the six walks thrown by the starting pitcher for the Beloit Sky Carp, pushing across three runs. Everything following the exit of the Sky Carp's pitcher was dominant as the bullpen threw four shutout innings that included five punchouts. Third baseman Eduardo Garcia had a three-hit game on the Timber Rattlers' way to a 4-3 loss to the Sky Carp in game one.
The bats looked to be alive at the start of game two but that was shut down quickly after the Timber Rattlers scored four runs in the first two innings but would then be shut out for the rest of the game. Jose Acosta was the shining star for the Timber Rattlers as he went 3-3 on the night scoring two runs and improving his batting average to .389 on the season. The Timber Rattlers dropped game two 7-4.
Brewers relief pitcher Gus Varland was sent on a rehab assignment to the Timber Rattlers this week and he would make his first appearance during game three. Things didn't go according to plan as he didn't even make it out of the inning giving up three runs on three hits including a walk. He'd eventually be accredited for the loss on the evening. Acosta continued his hot hitting with another multi-hit night improving his average to .429. The Timber Rattlers dropped their third game in a row 6-4.
The pitching woes continued for the Timber Rattlers heading into the weekend as they gave up nine hits and three runs on their way to a fourth straight loss to the Sky Carp 3-0. Tyler Woessner gave up eight of those hits, as well as three runs in six innings. On the offensive side of things, there wasn't much going on as they could only scrounge up two hits against the Sky Carp pitching.
Looking to at least scrape a couple from this series after dropping the first four, the Timber Rattlers did just that but needed an extra inning to do so. Alexander Cornielle had a strong showing pitching five and third innings striking out seven along the way. Gus Varland made an appearance looking to bounce back from a rough first rehab outing. Varland would finish up the sixth for Cornielle and pitch the seventh and only gave up one hit in doing so. Joe Gray Jr. came to the plate in the bottom of the tenth with the bases loaded and hit a sacrifice fly to left field which brought home the winning run to win 4-3.
Sunday afternoon's finale was cancelled in light of the weather, leaving the Timber Rattlers to drop the series to the Sky Carp four games to one.
The Timber Rattlers look to change their fortune in their upcoming series against the Peoria Chiefs. They currently sit dead last in the Midwest League West standings and a series win against the Chiefs would move them up a couple of places.