Wisconsin tops Clinton to take series

By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers | August 13, 2012 8:07 PM ET

GRAND CHUTE, WI - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers wrapped up their regular season series against the Clinton LumberKings with a 7-4 win Monday night at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Ben McMahan and Greg Hopkins each drove in a pair of runs in the game for the Rattlers.

Wisconsin (69-50 overall, 25-25 second half) got on the board in the first inning. Max Walla doubled with one out. McMahan doubled with two outs to drive in Walla. Nick Ramirez was next and he lined a single to right to score McMahan for a 2-0 lead.

Clinton (53-65, 30-20) got their first run in the fourth inning. Jabari Blash doubled to start the inning. A single by Kevin Rivers drove in Blash and the Wisconsin lead was a single run.

Chadwin Stang put the Rattlers back up by two runs with an RBI single in the fourth inning.

Wisconsin starting pitcher Eric Semmelhack tossed a scoreless fifth inning for Wisconsin and turned the game over to Maverick Lasker. Semmelhack allowed one run on six hits and struck out five to put himself in line for his second win of the season.

The LumberKings got to Lasker for a run in the top of the sixth inning on a run scoring fielder's choice to make the score 3-2.

Wisconsin padded the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. Hopkins stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs against reliever Josh Corrales and plated two runs with a single. Corrales hit Mike Garza to reload the bases and was replaced by John Taylor, who promptly hit Rafael Neda to force in a run to make the score 6-2.

Lasker got into trouble in the eighth inning as he allowed an RBI single to Mike Dowd with one out. But, Lasker escaped the inning by getting Guillermo Pimentel to ground into an inning ending double play.

McMahan provided Wisconsin with their seventh run of the game with a single to score Walla in the bottom of the eighth inning. Walla was on base three times on Monday and scored all three times.

Dillon Hazlett would hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning, but Lasker got the final outs of the game to close out the LumberKings and pick up his first save of the season.

The Rattlers took two of three from Clinton in the just completed series at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Wisconsin went 12-3 in the season series against the LumberKings.

Wisconsin is off on Tuesday for their final scheduled off day of the regular season. The Rattlers resume Midwest League play on Wednesday in Beloit. Shaun Marcum of the Milwaukee Brewers is scheduled to make his second rehabilitation start for Wisconsin. Cole Johnson (1-1, 1.11) will get the start for the Snappers. Game time is 7:00pm. Tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:40pm.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK NOTE: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers pitcher Mark Williams was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week earlier on Monday. Williams went 1-0 in two games - one start - last week. He allowed no runs on six hits, walked two, and struck out thirteen in eight innings. Williams pitched a seven-inning complete game shutout and struck out eleven in the second game of a double header against Cedar Rapids on August 10. This is the second time Williams has been named the Pitcher of the Week for the Midwest League in 2012.

Dillon Hazlett (5th, 0 on in 9th inning off Maverick Lasker, 1 out)

WP: Eric Semmelhack (2-1)
LP: Seon-Gi Kim (3-4)
SAVE: Maverick Lasker (1)

TIME: 3:18
ATTN: 1,869

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