Jarvis K’s 10 in Win
GRAND CHUTE, WI – Justin Jarvis and two Wisconsin Timber Rattlers relievers held the Cedar Rapids Kernels to one hit and Zavier Warren cracked a two-run home run to send the Rattlers to a 3-1 win in the regularly scheduled game on Wednesday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. The Rattlers earned a split on the day after dropping the conclusion of Tuesday’s suspended game 6-2 earlier in the day on Wednesday.
Wisconsin (40-30 overall, 4-1 second half) opened their half of the first inning with three straight singles from Tyler Black, Ethan Murray, and Joe Gray Jr. Tristan Peters drove in Black when he grounded into a force out at second to give the Rattlers a 1-0 lead.
Seth Gray got the Kernels (45-26, 2-3) back to even in the top of the third inning with a two-out, solo home run. That was the only hit for Cedar Rapids.
The Timber Rattlers went back in front in the bottom of the fourth. Peters started the inning with a single. Zavier Warren followed with a home run that went over 400 feet to right field. Warren’s fourth home run of the season gave the Rattlers a 3-1 lead.
Jarvis wrapped his day with a perfect top of the fifth inning, including strikeouts of the final two batters he faced. Jarvis recorded ten strikeouts and pitched around three walks and a hit batsman. Jarvis has 88 strikeouts in 75 innings this season and is 3-1 with 42 strikeouts over 29-1/3 innings pitched in five starts in June. Wednesday was the third time he has reached double digits in strikeouts for a game this season.
The Wisconsin bullpen took care of the rest. Robbie Baker pitched a perfect sixth and turned the game over to Cam Robinson for the seventh.
Robinson worked a 1-2-3 seventh with two strikeouts for his eighteenth save of the season. Robinson leads all Minor League Baseball in saves this season. He also is in fourth place by himself on the Wisconsin single season saves list. The only former Rattlers in front of Robinson are Nate Griep (23 saves in 2016), Greg Holle (19 saves in 2011), and John Thompson (19 saves in 1995).
Game three of the series is scheduled for Thursday night. Israel Puello will make his Timber Rattlers debut as the starting pitcher in the game. The Kernels will counter with Cade Povich (5-4, 3.93) as their starting pitcher. Game time is 6:40pm.
Thursday night is Video Game Night. The first 1,000 fans to attend this game will receive a special pair of video game-themed socks courtesy of TDS. There are special Video Game surprises planned for fans, too.
Also, Craft Brews & Brats from Fox River Brewing Company and The Score is happening on Thursday night. Fans of legal drinking age may purchase 16-ounce craft beer for $3. All fans can purchase a Cher-Make brat for $2.
If you can’t make it out to the ballpark, the radio broadcast on AM1280, WNAM and internet audio is set to start with the pregame show at 6:20pm. The game is also available to subscribers of MiLB.tv.