ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Rattlers beat the LumberKings 9-6. Khris Davis and Chris Dennis both homered for the Rattlers. Kentrail Davis had three hits and drove in a pair of runs. Hiram Burgos won his third straight start with Wisconsin as the Rattlers ended Clinton’s seven-game winning streak.
EARLY ACTION: Khris Davis homered in the second inning to give Wisconsin a 1-0 lead. The LumberKings scored on back-to-back homers in the bottom of the second and added a run in the third to go up 3-1. Dennis hit a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning to put the Rattlers up 4-3. Kentrail Davis doubled in a pair of runs and scored on a throwing error later in the inning to give Wisconsin a 7-3 advantage.
TRADING RUNS: Wisconsin and Clinton each scored a single run in the seventh and eighth innings. Clinton got a home run from Vinnie Catricala in the bottom of the ninth for the final run of the game.
POWER STATION: Five homers were hit last night. The pair of home runs for the Rattlers ran their season total to 63. Clinton’s three homers put their total at 109 for 2010. The home run by Davis was his first since July 12 and he had 17 home runs this season. He is four shy of the club record for home runs. Juan Silvestre (1999) and Matt Hagen (2003) each hit 21 homers in a single season.
BACK IN THE TOP FIVE: Dennis’s three-run homer ran his season total of RBI to 68. He is tied with Nate Freiman of Fort Wayne for fourth in the Midwest League in that category. Matt Davidson of South Bend leads the league with 74.
BURGOS THE STARTER: Burgos went seven innings and allowed four runs on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Burgos is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in three starts with the Timber Rattlers. He has struck out 17 and walked two in 20 innings as a starter for Wisconsin.
GIVE ME ANOTHER DOZEN: Wisconsin had 12 hits in last night’s game. That makes two straight games with a dozen hits for the Rattlers’ offense.
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 23-19 in the second half of the season. They trail Kane County by 2-1/2 games for the top playoff spot in the second half. They hold the second half wild card spot by 1-1/2 games over Beloit.
FAMILIAR FACES: There are four 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 outfielder Daniel Carroll 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 12 games this season. Clinton leads 7-5. 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. The LumberKings took two of three from the Rattlers July 31-August 2 in Grand Chute.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST: The Timber Rattlers are hitting .252 as a team. They have scored 507 runs (4.6/game) and hit 63 home runs. The LumberKings are hitting .254 as a team. They have scored 551 runs (5.0/game) and hit 109 homers. Wisconsin pitchers have a team ERA of 4.49 while allowing a total of 558 runs (5.0/game) this season. Clinton pitchers have a team ERA of 3.51 while allowing a total of 461 runs (4.2/game). The Timber Rattler defense has committed 152 errors. The LumberKings defense has committed 126 errors. Wisconsin is 20-34 in road games this season. Clinton is 33-24 at home in 2010.
CLINTON STARTING PITCHER: RHP Erasmo Ramirez was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of El Salvador in 2007. He spent the last two seasons in the Venezuelan Summer League. In 2009, Ramirez was 11-1 in 14 games (13 starts) with a 0.51ERA, 80 strikeouts, and five walks in 88 innings. In his start prior to today, Ramirez won at Quad Cities on August 5. He struck out 12 and allowed two runs on four hits over six innings. Ramirez, who was a Midwest League All-Star for the Western Division, has made two other appearances against the Rattlers. On June 17 at Clinton, Wisconsin scored two runs (one earned) on eight hits over seven innings against Ramirez. The LumberKings won the game 3-2, but Ramirez, who struck out six, was not involved in the decision. Ramirez beat the Rattlers at Time Warner Cable Field on July 31. He held the Rattlers off the scoreboard over 6-2/3 innings. Ramirez struck out four Rattlers and walked one in that game.