ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Clinton shutout the Timber Rattlers 10-0. The LumberKings scored two runs in the first, added three in the second, and tacked on five runs in the sixth. The loss was the fourth straight for Wisconsin.
ROUGH START: The LumberKings loaded the bases against Rattlers starting pitcher Eric Arnett on an error and a pair of walks. A two-out single by Mario Martinez drove in the runs that put Clinton up 2-0. In the third, the LumberKings scored a run on a wild pitch, another on a triple by Nick Franklin, and one more on another wild pitch for a 5-0 lead.
PUT IT AWAY: Matt Cerione homered off Arnett in the sixth. Later in the inning, Tony Butler gave up a three-run homer to Blake Ochoa that put the L-Kings up 10-0.
IS THAT ANY WAY TO TREAT AN EX-TEAMMATE? Butler and Ochoa were teammates for a short time on the 2007 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The duo was the starting battery for Wisconsin in two games during that season: August 5 at Fort Wayne and August 10 vs. Beloit.
A COUPLE OF NOTES: Last night was the thirteenth time the Rattlers have allowed 10 or more runs in a game. Nine of those games have been at Time Warner Cable Field. Last night was also the sixth time Wisconsin has been shutout in 2010. The loss dropped the Timber Rattlers to 20 games under .500 for the first time this season.
A TREND: The Timber Rattlers have 32 hits in the four games during their current losing streak. Wisconsin is 3-for-32 with runners in scoring position in the last four games.
THREE MUSKETEERS: Scooter Gennett had three hits – two singles and a double – for Wisconsin last night. Gennett leads the Midwest League in hits with 125 and in doubles with 34. He has the highest batting average (.324) of current Midwest League players who are eligible for the 2010 batting title.
CLOSING THE BOOKS: Wisconsin went 11-17 in July. The Rattlers hit .261 during the month and scored 121 runs. Wisconsin allowed 155 runs and the pitchers had an ERA of 5.04 during the 28 games in July.
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Clinton LumberKings are the Midwest League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. They finished the first half with a record of 38-32 and missed out on one of the two first half playoff spots in the Western Division. Clinton is currently 16-17 in the second half of the season. They trail Kane County by 3-1/2 games for the top playoff spot in the second half. They are a ½ game behind Peoria for the second half wild card spot. The LumberKings are coming off a three-game series at home against Cedar Rapids in which they dropped two of three.
FAMILIAR FACES: There are five former Timber Rattlers players and one former Timber Rattlers manager on the current Clinton roster. Pitcher Jose Jimenez, catcher Blake Ochoa, infielder Luis Nunez, and outfielders Daniel Carroll and Kalian Sams are the players. Terry Pollreisz, who managed the Rattlers in 2008, is the hitting coach for Clinton
2010 SEASON SERIES: The Rattlers and LumberKings have played seven games this season and Clinton leads 4-3. Clinton went 2-1 at Time Warner Cable Field in a set from April 11-13. The Timber Rattlers went 2-1 at Alliant Energy Field in a series from June 15-17.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .253 as a team. They have scored 476 runs (4.7/game) and hit 59 home runs. The LumberKings are hitting .248 as a team. They have scored 484 runs (4.7/game) and hit 93 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.49 while allowing a total of 516 runs (5.1/game) this season. Clinton pitchers have a team ERA of 3.46 while allowing a total of 416 runs (4.1/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 144 errors. The LumberKings defense has committed 116 errors. Wisconsin is 22-29 in home games this season. Clinton is 22-26 on the road in 2010.
CLINTON STARTING PITCHER: RHP Taylor Lewis was selected in the 19th round of the 2008 draft out of Yavapai (AZ) College. He spent 2008 with Pulaski in the Appalachian League and split time in 2009 between Pulaski and Everett, the Northwest League affiliate of the Mariners. He was 3-2 with a 7.81ERA in six starts during the 2009 season. Lewis is 3-1 with a 6.37ERA in 16 games (four starts) for the LumberKings after joining Clinton from extended Spring Training in May of 2010. In his last appearance, Lewis allowed one run on two hits over an inning at Lansing on July 24 and he was not involved in the decision. The last time Lewis started a game was June 1 at Bowling Green, he gave up seven runs on 11 hits over 5-2/3 innings and took the loss. Today is the first time he is facing the Rattlers and the first time he is facing an affiliate of the Brewers.