Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Clinch Midwest League Western Division Mid-Season Title
Tuesday night, the Brewers Single A Affiliate Wisconsin Timber Rattlers took on the Clinton LumberKings in a battle through ten to claim not only the victory, but also to clinch the Midwest League West Division first-half title.
Extra-inning wins has started to be quite the trend for the guys, as just this past weekend, Wisconsin won two straight games in walk-off fashion to clinch their spot in the playoffs.
With an impressive 42-23 record, the Rattlers have been especially hot as of late, and with the recent three game sweep against division rival, Beloit Snappers, they are sitting comfortably five games up at the top of their division.
First baseman Nick Ramirez hit a long home run to center field to lead off the second inning, which gave the Rattlers a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, the LumberKings (23-41) loaded the bases with no outs but Wisconsin starter Will West allowed just one; a sacrifice RBI fly. West would give up six hits through six, but the game stayed tied at 1-1.
Rattlers Jacob Barnes came in in relief of West in the sixth inning and proceeded to strikeout six of seven batters he faced.
With one out in the eighth it appeared Clinton had the opportunity to manufacture some runs after a walk and a single to put runners on first and second. Barnes stayed cool, struck out the next batter for out two and then picked off the runner at second to end the inning.
Yadiel Rivera got the rally started for Wisconsin in the tenth with a single to center and Clinton reliever Kyle Hunter walked John Dishon. With one out, Wisconsin had a man on first, Rivera in scoring position and third baseman Brandon Macias at the plate.
Macias was 0-for-1 on the night but had reached base three times after being hit by a pitch in the third, sixth, and eighth innings. Talk about looking for revenge!! Macias singled on a grounder into right field, which scored Rivera. Dishon, who took third on the Rivera RBI, scored on a long fly ball to center field by Max Walla. Wisconsin went on to retire the side in the bottom of the tenth to secure the win and the division title!
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