Appleton, WI - The LumberKings needed late game heroics to pick up a victory on Saturday afternoon and they got them. They needed heroics again Sunday, but this time the Wisconsin bullpen locked down a victory as Clinton fell in the series finale.
After coming back from an eight run deficit on Saturday, the LumberKings fell into a six run hole early Sunday afternoon. Rigoberto Garcia (0-1, 81.00) made his 2014 debut and didn't make it out of the first inning. The righty allowed four runs before Scott Steinmann called on Aaron Brooks. Brooks allowed both inherited runners to score and the LumberKings trailed 6-0 after one inning. Garcia allowed four hits, walked one, and only retired two Wisconsin hitters in the outing. Wisconsin had five hits in the first, four singles, and a double.
Trailing 7-0 after two innings, Clinton scored a single run in the third, fourth, and fifth. Righty Tristan Archer (1-1, 2.84) pitched the first five innings, and picked up his first win of the season. Archer walked Joe DeCarlo with the bases loaded in the third, gave up an RBI groundout to Ian Miller in the fourth, and an RBI single to DeCarlo in the fifth that capped off his outing.
Archer handed the game over to the bullpen for the final four innings, all shutout frames from Timber Rattlers relievers, as Trevor Seidenberger allowed only three hits in three innings of work, and Chris Razo pitched a scoreless ninth for Wisconsin.
Scott Steinmann used three relievers to pitch the final 7.2 innings after the short start from Garcia. Brooks allowed two runs (one earned) over 2.1 innings, Paul Fry surrendered two runs in 2.1 innings, and Thyago Vieira pitched 2.2 innings of shutout ball to finish the game. Clinton pitching walked six and struck out only four.
Burt Reynolds picked up two doubles and extended his hit streak to a LumberKings season high eight games after he replaced Austin Wilson in the fourth. Clinton allowed double-digit runs for the fifth time in 2014, and the second day in a row, as the LumberKings team ERA rose to 4.78, now 15th out of 16 teams in the MWL.
After taking two of three from the Timber Rattlers, the LumberKings head to Burlington to begin a three game series vs. the Bees. Monday and Wednesday's games begin at 6:30 CT, while Tuesday's matinee begins at 11:30 AM. All three broadcasts can be heard on 100.3 FM WCCI, and online at WCCIRadio.com and LumberKings.com.