Rattlers shutout Clinton to wrap successful road trip

By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers | July 30, 2012 7:01 PM ET

CLINTON, IA - Matt Miller and Stephen Peterson combined on a seven-hit shutout at Clinton on Monday night at Ashford University Field. Nick Ramirez contributed three RBI, including a two-run homer, in the 7-0 win over the LumberKings.

Max Walla hit a solo homer with one out in the top of the first inning to give the Rattlers (62-43 overall, 18-18 second half) a 1-0 lead. The home run was the 27th hit by the Timber Rattlers this month.

The LumberKings (45-60, 21-15) almost answered in the bottom of the first inning against Miller. Ji-Man Choi singled to left with one out and Chris Taylor at second. Taylor attempted to score, but left fielder Ben McMahan threw out Taylor at the plate for the second out of the inning. The assist was the eleventh of the season for McMahan.

Wisconsin padded their lead in the third. Brandon Macias drove in two runs with a double in the top of the third inning. One out later Ramirez lined a two-run homer to left-center and the Rattlers were up 5-0.

Miller tossed six scoreless innings and scattered five hits. He worked around two walks and struck out three batters.

Wisconsin added two more runs in the top of the eighth inning. Chadwin Stang started the inning with an infield single. That hit extended Stang's hitting streak to 14 games. He would take third on an errant pickoff throw. Later in the inning he would score on a throwing error on a play at second base.

Ramirez knocked in the final run of the game with a single. Ramirez drove in seven runs in the final two games at Clinton to give him 55 for the season.

Peterson worked the final three innings in a scoreless fashion to record his third save of the season.

The Timber Rattlers wrapped up their six game road trip to Kane County and Clinton with a 5-1 record.

The Timber Rattlers return home to start a four game series with the Burlington Bees on Tuesday night at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Chad Pierce (4-3, 3.35) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Left-hander Chris Lamb (0-0, 5.59) is set to start for the Bees. Game time is 7:05pm.

A Chad Pierce poster will be given away to the first 1,000 fans to attend the game. This is poster number eight in a series of ten that are being given away this season. A stress ball from Cars.com will also be given away to the first 1,000 to attend Tuesday's game.

Tuesday is an American TV Tuesday presented by 103.9 WVBO. One fan in attendance will win a 32" flat-screen TV from American TV of Appleton.

If you can't make it out to the game, tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:45pm.

Max Walla (6th, 0 on in 1st inning off Seon-Gi Kim, 1 out)
Nick Ramirez (13th, 1 on in 3rd inning off Seon-Gi Kim, 2 out)

WP: Matt Miller (9-7)
LP: Seon-Gi Kim (2-3)
SAVE: Stephen Peterson (3)

TIME: 2:36
ATTN: 748

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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