GRAND CHUTE, WI - The Clinton LumberKings cracked fifteen hits and scored nine runs on Sunday afternoon to beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 9-4. Clinton jumped to an early lead and never let the Rattlers get back into the game at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.
Clinton (53-64 overall, 30-19 second half) had the lead four batters into the game. They had two on with one out in the top of the first inning and Ramon Morla cracked a home run to left field for a 3-0 lead. Dan Paolini made it 4-0 with a two-out RBI single in the second.
Greg Hopkins cut that four run deficit in half for Wisconsin in the bottom of the second inning. Cameron Garfield singled with one out and Hopkins followed with a two-run homer to left. The home run was the first for Hopkins since June 9 and made the score 4-2.
Clinton added to their lead in the third on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Phillips. That was the final run allowed by Wisconsin starting pitcher David Goforth.
The LumberKings put the game away with a four run sixth inning against reliever Michael White. The LumberKings loaded the bases on a single, a hit batsman, and a single. Paolini singled in the first run of the frame. White would get a 4-6-3 double play for a pair of outs, but a run scored to make it 7-2. Blash followed with a long home run to left and the LumberKings were up 9-2.
Wisconsin (68-50, 24-25) got a run in the bottom of the seventh. Ben McMahan doubled to start the inning and went to third on a wild pitch. Cameron Garfield's grounder to short scored McMahan.
Greg Hopkins struck again in the bottom of the ninth. He singled with two outs to score McMahan for the final run of the game. Hopkins drove in three of the four runs scored by the Rattlers on Sunday.
The final game of the series is Monday night. Eric Semmelhack (1-1, 5.82) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Clinton counters with Seon-Gi Kim (3-3, 5.03). Game time is 7:05pm.
Monday is a B104.7 Qdoba Q*Monday. Stop by the Qdoba by the Fox River Mall for lunch on Monday, purchase a lunch entrée and you receive a free ticket to the games.
Monday is also a 25-cent hotdog night at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Purchase a hotdog for a quarter during the game.
If you can't make it out to the game, tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:45pm.
Ramon Morla (9th, 2 on in 1st inning off David Goforth, 1 out)
Jabari Blash (13th, 1 on in 6th inning off Michael White, 2 out)
Greg Hopkins (9th, 1 on in 2nd inning off Jordan Shipers, 1 out)
WP: Kyle Hunter (3-5)
LP: David Goforth (8-7)
SAVE: Jeremy Dobbs (1)
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