In Beloit, the Snappers fell to the Lansing Lugnuts 6-1.
In the Fox Cities, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers blanked the Great Lakes 1-0.
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers had a 4-1 lead over the Beloit Snappers heading into the bottom of the fourth inning at Pohlman Field on Friday night. But the Snappers rallied in the bottom of the fourth and went on to win a shortened game 9-5 in Midwest League Action.
That bottom of the fourth featured a bank of lights going out to force a delay, a hit batsman, a walk, a wild pitch, five Wisconsin errors and twelve Beloit batters coming to the plate to score seven runs.
The Snappers added a run in the 5th before a snowstorm shortened the game to five innings. [Read more…]
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are looking to install additional drainage and in doing so, will replace the entire playing surface at Fox Cities Stadium today.
The project will begin with the removal of the infield grass, which is scheduled to be donated to the baseball diamond of Weyauwega-Fremont High School.
The Timber Rattlers front office will be helping with the installation of the sod in Weyauwega on Wednesday.
“We pride ourselves on having a state of the art playing surface and even though the field looks great, in order to ensure a great field for years to come, it is time for us to make these improvements,” said Rob Zerjav, team president of the Timber Rattlers. “We are also excited to be able to reuse virtually our entire existing field by donating the sod and the warning track material to area high schools.”
The team will also donate sod to Omro, Menasha and Neenah High Schools.
The Milwaukee Brewers have the 15th pick in the first round of the 2015 baseball amateur draft which gets underway this evening.
The Brewers have a total of three selections tonight. After the 15th pick, they have No. 40 (Competitive Balance Round A) and No. 55 (second round).
Last year, the Brewers selected three high school players on day 1. Pitcher Kodi Medeiros was taken in the first round, shortstop Jake Gatewood in the Competitive Balance Round A and outfielder Monte Harrison in round two.
Of the three, Medeiros is performing the best, pitching for the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
18-year-old left hander Kodi Medeiros pitched six innings of no-hit ball in the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers home opener on Sunday, but when he left, the Peoria Chiefs offense exploded and knocked off the Rattlers 11-1 in front of 5,954 fans at Fox Cities Stadium. It sent the Rattlers to an 0-4 start.
Medeiros, the 12th overall selection in the 2014 first-year player draft, threw six scoreless and hitless innings and struck out seven before departing. Medeiros (from Hawaii) walked just one batter.
Medeiros forced Peoria into 11 ground ball outs. He didn’t allow a single fly ball.
Peoria didn’t collect its first hit until the 8th inning when the wheels came off for the Timber Rattlers bullpen. The Chiefs scored seven runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth. All 13 Peoria hits came in the final two innings.
Game two of the series is tonight at 6:35 at Fox Cities Stadium.
The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a four-year player development contract extension with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Midwest League through the 2020 season. The announcement was made jointly by Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin and Timber Rattlers President Rob Zerjav.
The 2015 season will mark the seventh season of affiliation between the Brewers and Timber Rattlers. The partnership officially began on October 1, 2008 as part of a four-year agreement.
This past season, the Timber Rattlers went 72-67 during the regular season and qualified for the postseason after clinching a second-half Wild Card berth in the Midwest League’s Western Division. It marked Wisconsin’s second postseason appearance over the past three seasons. In 2012, the Timber Rattlers won the Midwest League Championship.
That victory eliminated the Quad Cities River Bandits, who won 9-4 at Burlington. That left Peoria as the only team with a chance to catch the Timber Rattlers. But the Chiefs lost 9-2 at Kane County on Sunday night to allow the Rattlers to claim the second half Western Division Wild Card spot.
The Timber Rattlers will open the playoffs on Wednesday night at 6:35 against Kane County in game 1 of the best 2-of-3 series. The Cougars are the First Half Western Division Champions and are 91-48 on the season. The Timber Rattlers went 6-12 against Kane County during the regular season.
helping the Class “A” Affiliate of the Brewers, grab game two of a twin bill with the Quad Cities 4-3.
Ramirez is expected to return to Milwaukee today and be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday as the Brewers open an 8-game road trip at Minnesota on Wednesday night. Ramirez could serve as the Brewers DH during the two game series in Minnesota.
Manager Ron Roenicke also has to figure out where to put Ramirez in his lineup. The Brewers bats have come to life over the last dozen games, leading the league in hits, doubles and home runs during the stretch.
Ramirez went to the disabled list when he injured his left hamstring.
Last year, Ramirez declined a minor league rehab assignment. This year, Ramirez accepted and said it was beneficial to play a pair of games with the Timber Rattlers.
Talk to Matt Erickson about becoming the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers all-time winningest manager and he’ll joke about the fact that
he’s been around for so long that he should have the most wins.
But Erickson deserves far more credit than what he’s willing to take. The Timber Rattlers split a Midwest League double-header with the Burlington Bee’s last night at Fox Cities Stadium. The victory came in game two, a 3-2 victory which is number 216 for Erickson. He passed Gary Thurman for most wins in franchise history.
The Appleton native grew up a Milwaukee Brewers fan, played in the organization, including a short stint in Milwaukee, and is now a manager in the Brewers chain with the Class (A) Timber Rattlers.
Erickson is in his fourth year managing the Timber Rattlers. He led Wisconsin to the 2012 Midwest League title.