GRAND CHUTE, WI – The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers gave the fans who waited until the eighth inning a lot to cheer about on Friday Night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. The Timber Rattlers trailed the Beloit Sky Carp 5-3 before scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth to send everyone home happy after a 6-5 win over their in-state rivals. The Rattlers have won four in a row.
Eduardo García put the Timber Rattlers (69-60 overall, 33-31 second half) up 1-0 with a lead-off home run in the bottom of the second inning. Wisconsin added to their lead later in the inning. Zack Raabe was at third and Antonio Piñero was at first. Piñero stole second and Raabe broke home on the throw a wild throw to second to score the second run. The error let Piñero take third base. Arbert Cipion blooped a single over the drawn-in infield to score Piñero and the Rattlers were up 3-0.
Beloit (62-67 overall, 31-33) bounced back in the top of the third to tie the game. Dalvy Rosario capped a string of three straight singles to score the first run of the inning. Wisconsin starter Carlos Rodríguez walked the next batter to load the bases. Brady Allen was next, and he sent a grounder to short. Wisconsin got the force at second, but the throw to first was wild and two runs scored on the play to tie the game.
Federico Polanco, who started the third inning with a single, started the top of the fifth inning with a triple off the wall in center. Rosario had a sacrifice fly to knock in Polanco for a 4-3 lead.
Polanco started another rally for the Sky Carp with a one-out single in the top of the seventh. Reliever Miguel Guerrero walked the next batter before getting a strikeout for the second out of the inning. A walk to Kyler Castillo on a 3-2 pitch loaded the bases and ended Guerrero’s night. Taylor Floyd was called in from the Wisconsin bullpen.
Floyd got Allen to send a grounder deep in the hole at short. García got to the ball and made the throw to first that was in time but just a little off target. First baseman Ernesto Martínez stretched for the ball and had it in the webbing of his glove…but couldn’t hold it and Polanco scored on the infield single for a 5-3 lead.
That lead would not be enough.
Wisconsin has entered the bottom of the eighth tied or trailing in each of the last three games of the series with the Sky Carp. The Rattlers scored twice in the eighth inning on…