LumberKings Smash 14 Hits in 10-3 WinAugust 20, 2012 - Midwest League (MWL) Clinton LumberKings
As late as May 19th, the LumberKings were dead last in the Midwest League in hitting. On May 5th, they entered play with a team batting average of .209. After their hit barrage tonight, the LumberKings are hitting .257 as a team. In three games in the series, they have collected 37 hits, with the series finale Tuesday night.
Clinton jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Paolini launched his 12th home run of the year. The LumberKings sent nine to the plate in the second inning and scored four times. It was Paolini again who delivered with a bases-loaded double to score a pair. Ji-Man Choi followed with a run-scoring single of his own and Paolini eventually scored on a wild pitch.
The Kernels banged out four hits in the fourth inning and scored three times against Jordan Pries. Eric Stamets led off with a double and Zach Borenstein followed with an RBI single. After Andy Workman bounced out to second and advanced Borenstein to second, Frazier Hall knocked him in with a base hit to make it 6-2. Abel Baker trimmed the lead in half with an RBI groundout.
Clinton picked back up on the offensive end in the fifth when they sent nine to the plate for the second time in the night. Jabari Blash, Mike Dowd, Guillermo Pimentel, Patrick Brady, Paolini and Choi all collected hits in the inning, leading to four more LumberKings' runs.
Paolini finished the night 3 for 5 with two runs and five RBIs and Blash finished with a 3 for 4 night and now has seven hits in the last two games. Brady, Choi and Pimentel all had multi-hit games for Clinton who ran their second-half record to 35-21.
Coupled with Kane County's comeback win over Burlington, Clinton's magic number to make the playoffs is 11 and to win the second-half title is nine. They go for the series sweep on Tuesday when right-hander Bobby Shore (3-3, 1.62) takes the mound opposite right-hander Austin Wood (5-2, 4.37) for the Kernels. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30.
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