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LumberKings Slam Rattlers Playoff Chances

August 27, 2019 - Midwest League (MWL) - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers News Release

CLINTON, IA - The Clinton LumberKings jumped to a 5-0 lead and added a big insurance run when they needed it on Tuesday night at NelsonCorp Field to defeat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 6-5. The loss, the third straight in the four-game series for Wisconsin, dropped the Timber Rattlers playoff chances to almost zero.

Clinton (74-60 overall, 40-24 second half) took a big lead on one swing of the bat in the bottom of the second inning. Wisconsin starter Luis Contreras allowed a single and walked a batter to start the inning. He got a strikeout, but hit the next batter to load the bases. Then, Marcos Rivera cracked a grand slam to left and the LumberKings were up 4-0.

Antonio Piñero started the Wisconsin half of inning number three with a double and Thomas Dillard drew a walk with two outs, but the Rattlers could not score in the third.

The LumberKings rallied with two outs to add a run in the fourth. Samuel Castro reached on a bunt single and stole second. Christopher Torres drove a 3-2 pitch to right for a run-scoring single and a 5-0 lead.

Korry Howell got the Rattlers (66-67, 35-29) on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning with a two-out, solo home run. Howell's second home run of the season pulled Wisconsin to within 5-1.

The Rattlers got even closer in the top of the sixth inning. Dillard started the inning with a walk and David Fry followed with a single. Jesús Lujano was next and he doubled to left to score both runners. Lujano took third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI grounder by Pablo Abreu.

Wisconsin had runners on the corners with one out later in the inning, but could not even the score.

In the seventh, Connor McVey singled to start the inning and Fry singled with one out and the Rattlers had the tying and lead runs on base, but they could not cash in the opportunity.

Davis Bradshaw started the Clinton half of the seventh inning with a single. Wisconsin reliever Jake Cousins got ahead of Peyton Burdick with two quick strikes, but threw three consecutive wild pitches to allow Bradshaw to make his way around the bases for an insurance run.

That would be costly for Wisconsin.

Piñero gave the Rattlers hope with a two-out solo home run in the top of the eighth inning. Then, Howell singled and stole second to get into scoring position with the tying run, but he was left stranded when Clinton closer Zach Wolf entered the game to get a strikeout to end the eighth.

In the ninth, Wolf retired the Rattlers in order to close out the game and pick up his fourteenth save of the season.

Wisconsin stranded nine runners and went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position in the game.

In the other game involving a team battling for a Western Division playoff spot, division-leading Kane County rallied from a 2-0 deficit with a run in the eighth and two in the ninth to win 3-2 at Quad Cities. The Rattlers have fallen to five games behind Clinton and six games behind Kane County with six games remaining in the regular season.

The Timber Rattlers return to Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium to host the Kane County Cougars. Game one of the three-game series is Wednesday night. Freisis Adames (3-2, 3.78) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin. Kane County has named Michel Gelabert (3-2, 3.06) as their starter. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

The first 500 fans to attend this game will receive a magnet featuring former Timber Rattlers pitcher Freddy Peralta courtesy of Lamers Bus Lines. This is magnet number four in a series of four that have been given away this season.

Fans are encouraged to bring Peanut Butter and Jelly donations for the PB&J Drive for Feeding America that is being held by the Timber Rattlers and Old National Bank.

Everyone may enjoy Cher-Make Hot dogs and 16-ounce Pepsi products for $1. There are also 16-ounce domestic beers available for $2 to those of legal drinking age. These specials are part of the Wednesday night Bang for Your Buck with Y100.

If you can't make it out to the ballpark, the radio broadcast is on AM1280, WNAM and the TuneIn Radio app starting with the Papa John's Pizza Pregame Show at 6:45pm. subscribers can watch the game over the internet.


WIS 000 013 010 - 5 10 0

CLN 040 100 10x - 6 10 0

Home Runs:


Korry Howell (2nd, 0 on in 5th inning off Tanner Andrews, 2 out)

Antonio Piñero (3rd, 0 in in 8th inning off Manuel Rodriguez, 2 out)


Marcos Rivera (8th, Grand Slam, in 2nd inning off Luis Contreras, 1 out)

WP: Tanner Andrews (8-4)

LP: Luis Contreras (2-3)

SAVE: Zach Wolf (14)

TIME: 2:56

ATTN: 5,018

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