Burlington Bees at Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

April 21st, 2004

Chris Lubanski CF 3 0 0 0
Angel Sanchez SS 3 0 0 0
Mitch Maier 3B 4 0 2 0
Bryan Graham LF 4 0 0 0
Walter Sevilla 2B 4 0 1 0
Kila Kaaihue 1B 4 0 0 0
Adam Keim DH 3 0 1 0
Brian McFall RF 3 0 0 0
Luis Gonzalez C 3 0 1 0
Josh Womack LF 4 1 2 2
Mike Cox 3B 3 0 0 0
Adam Jones SS 4 0 2 1
Jeremy Dutton 1B 4 0 1 0
Wladimir Balentien CF 3 1 0 0
Chris Colton RF 4 2 3 0
Sam Bradford DH 4 1 1 1
Justin Ruchti C 3 0 1 1
Oswaldo Navarro 2B 3 0 0 0

Burlington 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Wisconsin 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 X 5 10 1

E-Sanchez, Cox, LOB BUR-6, WIS-5, 2B-Maier, Keim, Gonzalez, Womack, Colton, 3B-Colton, SACB-Sanchez, SB-Baltentien, Bradford

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Carlos Rosa 3.2 6 5 5 2 2 L (0-3)
Steve Bray 4.1 4 0 0 0 6 ND

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Brandon Moorhead 7.1 4 0 0 1 9 W (2-0)
Jason Mackintosh 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 ND
Brian Stitt 1 1 0 0 0 1 ND

BB-Lubanski, Balentein, SO-Lubanski, Ruchti. Navarro
T-2:21, A-621

Burlington Hawk Eye

The Burlington Bees have not scored a run in 28 innings against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers after losing 5-0 in a Midwest League game Wednesday afternoon at Fox Cities Stadium.

The Timber Rattlers have pitched three consecutive shutouts against the Bees going back to the series ending Thursday at Community Field.

Burlington (5-7) missed a chance to jump out early in the top of the first inning. Wisconsin (5-7) starter Brandon Moorhead walked Chris Lubanski to start the game. Angel Sanchez followed with a sacrifice bunt and reached when Michael Cox's throw went wide of first, also allowing Lubanki to go to third.

Moorhead (2-0) got out of the jam with a popout and two strike outs. He allowed four hits and pitched a career high 7 1/3 innings while striking out a career high nine. He left the game in the eighth inning with runners on second and third and nobody out, but Jason Mackintosh preserved the shutout by striking out Lubanski and getting Sanchez to ground out.

Bees starter Carlos Rosa fell to 0-3, although the Bees have been shutout in two of his three starts.

Appleton Post Crescent
by Brett Christopherson

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers finally made life a lot easier for themselves.

That's why players like Chris Colton and Josh Womack were all smiles following the Rattlers' 5-0 Midwest League win against the Burlington Bees on Wednesday at Fox Cities Stadium.

Getting the leadoff hitter on base in each of the three innings they scored, the Rattlers took advantage by knocking those guys in and ultimately seizing control of the game.

"It's kind of hard to make some things out of nothing and kind of make a rally with nobody on." said Womack, the Rattlers left fielder who went two for four with two RBI. "It's really big that we got somebody on and were able to do something with him."

The big inning for the Rattlers was the fourth, when they scored three runs to take a 5-0 lead.

Womack, who entered the game hitting just .163 with one RBI, came up with the clutch hit when he smashed a two run, two out single to right field, scoring both Colton and Sam Bradford.

The inning began when Wladimir Balentien walked and then stole second. Colton followed with a double and Bradford drove in Balentien with a single to set things up for Womack moments later.

"I've been struggling with that early this year." Womack said of driving guys in. "I don't think I've gotten anybody in with two outs this year. But today, I came through thankfully."

Colton also came through ripping a 3-2 fastball to the gap between center and right field for a triple to lead off the second inning and then scoring when catcher Jason Ruchti reached base on an error by Bees short stop Angel Sanchez.

The Rattlers right fielder finished with three hits and two runs scored and was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.

"I just told myself to keep my hands inside the ball regardless of where it's at, inside, middle or outside." Colton said of the triple. "And I was fortunate enough to get a good pitch that I could handle. That's the name of the game. See the ball and hit it."

While Wisconsin manager Steve Roadcap was pleased his offense gave itself an opportunity to score some runs, he was even happier with how it was able to be productive when those opportunities were presented.

A perfect example came in the third, when Womack led off with a double, moved to third on a groundout by Michael Cox and scored on a groundout by Adam Jones.

Roadcap also liked the way Colton and Womack immediately raced for the plate from third in the second and third innings, respectively, when the ball was put into play.

"Im the second and third innings, we player very good situational offense." said Roadcap, "I thought Colton and Womack did a great job on a contact play, getting good reads off the bat from third base. And the big two out hit from Womack was key."

Also key was the pitching of Rattlers starter Brandon Moorhead, who improved to 2-0 after holding the Bees to four hits and striking out nine in 7 1/3 innings. So far this season, Moorhead has not allowed an earned run in 18 1/3 innings.

Brandon Moorhead scattered four hits, struck out nine and didn't allow any runs in pitching the Wisconsin TimberRattlers past the Burlington Bees 5-0 Wednesday in a Midwest League game at Fox Cities Stadium.

Moorhead improved to 2-0 on the season and hasn't given up a run in 18 1/3 innings.

Against the Bees, Moorhead pitched 7 1/3 innings, retirning 19 of 20 batters during one stretch in which he fanned seven. He left the game with one out in the eighth and runner on second and third, but reliever Jason Mackintosh was able to retire the next two batters to end the Burlington scoring threat.

Wisconisn, which snapped a three game losing streak, tacked on three runs in the fourth inning to take control of the game.

Left fielder Josh Womack came up with the big hit in the inning when he ripped a two out, two run single to right. Right fielder Chris Colton had three hits for the Rattlers.

How They Scored

Rattlers 2nd
Colton tripled. Bradford grouded out to first. Ruchti reach on an error by the shortstop. Colton scored. Navarro grounded into double play, Ruchti out on the play.

Rattlers 3rd
Womach doubled. Cox ground out to second, Womack advanced to third. Jones grounded out to third, Womach scored. Dutton flied out to left.

Rattlers 4th
Balentien walked, stole second. Colton doubled, Balentien advanced to third. Bradford singled, Colton to third and Balentien scored. Bradford stole second. Ruchti struck out looking. Navarro struck out. Womach singled, Bradford and Colton scored. Bray to pitch for Rosa. Cox popped out to second.