FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Harvard graduate Brent Suter (Cincinnati, Ohio) played a big role in helping the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers claim the Midwest League (A) championship last week.
Suter, a 31st round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2012 draft, threw three hitless innings of relief to help the Timber Rattlers beat the Fort Wayne TinCaps, 4-2, in Game 4 of the circuit's best-of-5 Championship Series.
Suter relieved winning pitcher Chad Thompson to start the bottom of the seventh and the recently-promoted left-hander started mowing down TinCaps and didn't stop until the championship was won.
He retired the side in order in the seventh and the eighth and started out the ninth with a ground ball out. He then got a pair of strikeouts, including the final out by a called strike three on a 2-2 pitch to send his teammates into celebration. All told, Suter had three strikeouts to finish a solid rookie campaign that saw him promoted from rookie ball just in time for postseason play.
Wisconsin and Fort Wayne split the first two games of the Championship Series, before the Timber Rattlers won Game 3 on Saturday, 10-8, and sealed the title at Parkview Field.
In three appearances with Wisconsin, Suter struck out eight batters in 8.2 innings with two saves while allowing just two earned runs for a 2.08 ERA.
The pennant is the first for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The last Midwest League Championship by an Appleton Professional Baseball team was won in 1984 by the Appleton Foxes. The Foxes joined the Midwest League in 1962 and won eight pennants (1964, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1978, 1982, 1983, & 1984). Now, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have a pennant of their own to fly over Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.