GRAND CHUTE, WI - Dylan Unsworth didn't allow the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to stage a comeback in game two of doubleheader Saturday night at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Unsworth was handed an early 1-0 lead and never let it go as Clinton earned the split with a 7-0 shutout in the nightcap.
Clinton (15-17) grabbed the lead two batters into the game. Tim Lopes singled and stole second. Dario Pizzano doubled to left to drive in Lopes for a 1-0 advantage.
The LumberKings padded their lead with three runs in the top of the fourth. Gaby Guerrero singled to lead off the inning. An errant pickoff throw by Leonard Lorenzo allowed Guerrero to race around to third base. Wisconsin brought the infield in to try and get the run at the plate. Lorenzo got Jordy Lara to send a slow grounder to short, but the throw home was a little off and Lorenzo scored for a 2-0 lead. One out later, Ketel Marte tripled into the corner in right to drive in Lara. A wild pitch let Marte score for a 4-0 lead.
Clinton tacked on two runs in the fifth with two-out solo home run by Tyler Marlette and an RBI single by Lara. An RBI double by Pizzano in the sixth wrapped up the scoring for the LumberKings.
Wisconsin (15-16) trailed game one 3-0 and were being no-hit heading to the bottom of the sixth inning in game one of the twinbill, but rallied for a 4-3 win. They managed two hits against Unsworth and could not put together a rally in game two. Michael Reed singled with one out in the first inning. Tyrone Taylor's popup behind short dropped in for a double with two outs in the third. Those hits and a Taylor walk with one out in the sixth inning against reliever Blake Holovach would be it for the Wisconsin offense in game two.
Unsworth struck out five and didn't walk a batter over five innings. He extended his scoreless streak to 14-1/3 innings and picked up the win to move his record to 3-0.
The Timber Rattlers continue their homestand on Saturday night when they welcome the Burlington Bees to Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Wisconsin has Austin Blaski (1-0, 1.47) as their scheduled starting pitcher. Burlington has named Pat Lowery as their starting pitcher. Lowery will be making his Midwest League debut on Saturday. First pitch is 6:35pm.
Tomorrow is a Fly Away Saturday. One lucky fan will win charter airfare for two from Funjet Vacations and Fox World Travel. Local band Autopilot will perform before after the game.
If you can't make it out to the stadium, tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:15pm. Saturday's game is also available to subscribers of MiLB.tv.
WP: Dylan Unsworth (3-0)
LP: Leonard Lorenzo (1-2)