October 24, 2014

Timber Rattlers stay alive in MWL Playoffs

After a game 1 loss in Burlington, 4-0 on Wednesday night, the Wisconsin

Chad Pierce

Timber Rattlers needed to return home and win on Thursday, to force a 3rd and deciding game in their Midwest League playoff series.  That’s exactly what they did.

Fond du Lac native Chad Pierce went the distance on the mound, tossing a 3-hit shutout in Wisconsin’s 4-0 victory over the Bee’s. 

AUDIO: Chad Pierce said it was a battle :19

Pierce delivered the first 9-inning complete-game shutout of the season for the Rattlers.  Tyler Thornburg is the last Wisconsin pitcher to throw a complete game shutout, back on May 29, 2011.

Wisconsin did all of its damage early, scoring 3-times in the 1st and once in the second.  It gives the Timber Rattlers momentum in the series.

AUDIO: Mgr. Matt Erickson says momentum is back with the Rattlers :22

The 3rd and deciding game in the series is tonight at Fox Cities Stadium (6:30pm).  The winner advances to the second round next week.

Elsewhere in the Midwest League playoffs:

Clinton 7, Beloit 5  (10 innings)
Lake County 5, Bowling Green 4
Fort Wayne 9, Lansing 6