Miller mows down Clinton

Matt Miller fires a strike to the plate in the seventh inning of game one on April 29, 2011. (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers)

By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers | April 29, 2011 4:06 PM ET

GRAND CHUTE, WI - Matt Miller's start was worth the wait. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers starting pitcher was held off a day due to Thursday's rain. He came out with a vengeance on Friday and pitched a complete game shutout in game one of a doubleheader with the Clinton LumberKings. Wisconsin won 5-0.

The Rattlers broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning. Cody Hawn started the inning with a single and an errant pickoff throw by Seon Gi Kim moved Hawn to second. Back to back walks to Mike Walker and Greg Hopkins loaded the bases.

Robbie Garvey sent a grounder halfway up the first base line. Kim fielded the ball and looked home. But, he had no play on Hawn. Then, Kim flipped the ball to first too high for Tim Morris. By the time the ball was corralled, Walker had scored; Hopkins was at third; and Garvey was at second.

Carlos George followed with a two-run single to center and the Rattlers were up 4-0.

Miller allowed just three hits and walked one while striking out six to earn his first Midwest League victory. He faced one over the minimum in the game thanks to a double play, an outfield assist, and a caught stealing erasing Clinton base runners.

Tyler Roberts added to the Wisconsin lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Game one on Friday was the second straight complete game for Miller. He had tossed a complete game in a loss at Burlington in the first game of a doubleheader on April 23.

a href="">Click here for boxscore of game one

WP: Matt Miller (1-2) LP: Seon Gi Kim (0-1)

TIME: 1:42

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