GRAND CHUTE, WI - The Clinton LumberKings defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3-1 on Friday night at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Tyler Pike allowed three hits over six scoreless innings and the LumberKings scratched out single runs in the fourth, seventh, and eighth to beat Wisconsin.
Clinton (49-53 overall, 16-17 second half) scored a run in the top of the fourth without a hit. DJ Peterson walked to start the inning and went to second on a wild pitch. A slow grounder up the third base line got him to third base. Gaby Guerrero drove in Peterson with a ground out to third.
Wisconsin (42-56, 13-20) did threaten in the bottom of the sixth. Pike got the first two outs of the inning. But, Mike Garza and Parker Berberet followed with singles. Pike escaped the inning with a strikeout. He ended his six innings with five strikeouts.
The LumberKings added a run in the top of the seventh. Tim Lopes doubled to start the inning. A single by Ketel Marte drove in Lopes for a 2-0 lead. Lopes added a run scoring fielder's choice in the top of the eighth to drive in Gaby Guerrero for a 3-0 lead.
Tyler Roberts doubled to start the Wisconsin ninth inning against Oliver Garcia. Roberts was the first Rattlers batter to leadoff an inning by getting on base. Roberts was still at second base with two outs. Then, Chris McFarland singled to right to knock in Roberts to help Wisconsin avoid the shutout and bring the tying run to the plate. Tyrone Taylor hit it hard, but right at the centerfielder to end the game.
The loss knocked the Timber Rattlers to a season low of fourteen games under .500.
The Timber Rattlers begin a three game series with the Burlington Bees on Saturday night at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Jorge Lopez (4-6, 5.54) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Burlington sends Nic DellaTorre (0-3, 6.30) to the mound. Game time is 6:35pm.
Saturday night is the Super Ropes Candy Bonanza at the ballpark. What is the Super Ropes Candy Bonanza? You'll have to attend to find out, but as a tease, there are candy surprises during the game. Plus, the Super Ropes Beach in right-center features a Sand Castle Building Contest with the winner receiving a one-year supply of Super Ropes!
Also, Fly Away Saturday means one lucky fan will win airfare for two from Funjet Vacations and Fox World Travel at this game. The evening wraps up when FOX 11 presents a postgame fireworks display!
If you can't make it out to the stadium, My NEW 32's Sports Showdown has the television broadcast starting with their pregame show at 6:00pm. The radio broadcast is on AM1280, WNAM or IHeartRadio starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:15pm. Saturday's broadcast is also available to subscribers of MiLB.TV.
WP: Tyler Pike (7-3)
LP: Tyler Wagner (8-8)
SAVE: Oliver Garcia (1)
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