GRAND CHUTE, WI (MILB.com) - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers got one big inning on Wednesday night and it was enough to beat the Quad Cities River Bandits 5-1. Taylor Brennan broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run double in the fourth inning. Starting pitcher Barrett Astin allowed one run over six innings and picked up his fourth win of the season.
The teams traded runs in the first inning. Brett Phillips doubled to
start the game for Quad Cities (18-20). A sacrifice bunt moved him to
third base. Jack Mayfield drove in Phillips with a grounder to short and
the Bandits led 1-0. Wisconsin (18-20) responded with an unearned run
in the bottom of the first. Chris McFarland reached second base on a
throwing error after a infield grounder. Clint Coulter lined a single to
left-center to drive in McFarland with the tying run.
The Rattlers broke the tie with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Coulter started the rally with a single. Jose Pena and Michael Ratterree drew consecutive walks to load the bases with no outs. Brennan unloaded the bases with a double down the line in left. All three runners scored and the Rattlers were up 4-1. Angel Ortega drove in Brennan with a two-out double to make the score 5-1 in favor of Wisconsin.
Astin made that lead hold for Wisconsin. The Rattlers starting pitcher struck out seven walked one, and allowed three hits over six innings while not allowing another run after the top of the first inning. His seven strikeouts were the most for him in a game as a professional.