Saturday, August 29, 2009

8/28, Wisconsin 3, Cougars 4 (10)

A wild night at the Elf in the game between with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Cougars would win 4-3 in ten innings. The Cougars are now 4-1 on their eight game homestand.

The big inning or at least one of the entertaining innings of the night came in the tenth for the Cougars. Nino Leyja led it off with a single to left. Leonardo Gil then singled to right. Steve Parker put down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners along. The Rattlers then intentionally walked Mike Spina to load the bases with only one out. Franklin Hernandez then popped one up to right. The right fielder and the second baseman went after the ball. They ball was dropped by the rightfielder, the umpire had already called the infield fly rule. So Hernandez was automaticly out, and the runners could advance at their own risk. Leyja went in to score and win the game for the Cougars.

Anvioris Ramirez started for the Cougars and lasted into the fifth inning, he would give up six hits and three runs. Only two of those runs would be earned. He walked three and struck out three. In the first inning he got into a lot of trouble, but the damage was lightend due to good plays.

Josh Prince led off the game by drawing a walk. He would be picked off of first by Ramirez. Mike Brownstein then walked. Brock Kjeldgaard singled to center. Kyle Dhanani would reach on an error by third baseman Mike Spina. Brownstein would score and Kjeldgaard went to third. Pete Fatse then flew to center. Kjeldgaard tagged up and ran over catcher Juan Nunez. Nunez would hang on to the ball after the crash and the inning would be over.

The first runs of the game came in the third inning, when the teams would combine for four runs. Thankfully the Rattlers would only score one of them. With one out, Mike Brownstein doubled down the left field line. Kjeldgaard then would strike out, a wild pitch on the third strike ment there would be a throw to first. Kjeldgaard would be called out for runners interference. Brownstein got credit for a stolen base. Dhanani then singled to left to score Brownstein.

With one out, Chris Berroa walked, then went to second on a wild pitch, and third on a stolen base. Nino Leyja and Leonardo Gil walked. One out later, Mike Spina would be hit on the hand by a pitch, that would force in Berroa for the Cougars first run. Hernandez then singled to short to score Leyja. The shortstop made a bad throw that would allow Gil to score and Hernandez to get to second.

After that the game would remain at three's untill the tenth, that is not to say that both teams did not have a few chances. The Cougars had a chance in the seventh. With one out, Berroa walked, and stole second. Leyja walked, a wild pitch moved the runners into scoring position. That ment two runners in scoring position and only one out. Gil would be caught looking. Parker then grounded out to first.

In the fifth inning for the Rattlers, Brownstein led off with a single to short. Two outs later, Fatse would be hit by a pitch. Trey Barham then came in to relieve Ramirez. He would be able to get John Delaney to ground into a force out at second to end the inning.

Trey Barham pitch one and one thirds innings, with one walk. He would pick off the runner who walked. Justin Murray pitched two solid innings with one walk. His walk would be erased on a double play. Paul Smyth who would get his first Cougar win, pitched two perfect innings with three strike outs.

Tomorrow vs Wisconsin @6pm
Cody Scarpetta (4-10, 3.39) vs Mathieu Leblanc-Poirier (3-6, 4.84)

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