APPLETON, WI- The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (10-12, 39-48) used a two-run home run by left fielder Michael Reed in the twelfth inning to drop the Lake County Captains (12-10, 35-54) to their fourth straight defeat. All four games have been won in the last-at-bat including three walk-offs. Lake County has yet to score a run in extra innings this season and now fall to 0-6 in extra frames.
Right-hander Jake Sisco made the start for the Captains as he took on Tyler Wagner for the Timber Rattlers. Wagner was the 4th round pick in 2012 for the Brewers.
Lake County opened a 2-0 lead after half an inning. Left fielder Todd Hankins led off with a single, stole second and came home on a RBI double by centerfielder Logan Vick. After a groundout, third baseman Erik Gonzalez blooped a RBI single into center field to score Vick. Two more singles loaded the bases but the Captains could not score any more runs.
Wisconsin tied the game in the bottom half of the frame. Two singles, a stolen base and a walk loaded the bases after three batters. Left fielder Victor Roache grounded into a double play to score the first run. Another run scored on a fielding error by the right fielder Anthony Santander.
The Timber Rattlers took their first lead of the night in the second inning. Right fielder Max Walla led off the inning with a double to left field. Two batters later, second baseman Chris McFarland tripled to right field to plate Walla and give the home team a 3-2 lead.
Roache launched his ninth home run of the year to left-center field in the third inning, giving the Timber Rattlers a 4-2 lead.
Lake County forced extra innings after tying the game at four in the fourth. Two singles and a fielder’s choice put runners on the corners with two outs. Shortstop Dorssys Paulino lined a two-out, two-run double to left field.
Both starters earned no-decisions on Saturday night. Sisco threw six innings with four runs (three earned) on seven hits. He walked one and struck out two. Wagner lasted eight innings before exiting the game. He gave up four hits on eleven hits while walking one and striking out eight.
The game became a battle of the bullpens as the game was tied into the twelfth inning. Cody Penny and Grant Sides combined to throw five innings of scoreless baseball. He allowed four base runners, two hits and two hit batters along with five strikeouts.
Rodolfo Fernandez relieved Wagner and threw four scoreless innings to set the table for the walk-off win. He earned his second win with eight strikeouts.
Jack Wagoner relieved Sides in the twelfth inning. Wagoner walked shortstop Orlando Arcia to begin the inning. Arcia stole second base before Reed ended the game with one swing of the the bat.
Wagoner took the loss without retiring a batter. He was charged with two runs on one hit and one walk.
The Captains had 12 hits on the night. Catcher Richard Stock led the way with a four-hit game.
Lake County will remain on the road on Sunday to take on the 2012 Midwest League Champion Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in game two of a three game series. Lake County will start RHP Robbie Aviles (3-3, 4.05) and the Rattlers will counter with RHP Jorge Lopez (4-6, 5.37). First Pitch will be at 2:05 PM from Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin.