Rattlers hold on for win over Clinton
FOX CITIES STADIUM -- The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers built an 11-2 lead and held on for a 13-9 victory over the Clinton LumberKings Sunday afternoon. Mark Lowe pitched six strong innings for his sixth win and the Rattler offense pounded out seventeen hits while taking advantage of five Clinton errors, but the Wisconsin bullpen made things interesting late.
The LumberKings (51-49 overall, 13-17 second half) took an early lead on an unearned run. Brandon Cashman reached on an error, stole second, and went to third on a sacrifice bunt. An RBI grounder by Brandon Boggs gave the LumberKings the lead.
Wisconsin (54-46, 15-15) stormed back in the bottom of the third with three runs. A two run double by Mike Wilson put the Rattlers in front. Marshall Hubbard drove in Wilson with a single.
The Rattlers got going again in the bottom of the second inning with three unearned runs. Brent Johnson scored on an error. Then, with two runners on and two outs, Hubbard singled to center to drive home one run and an error on the play allowed the other run to score.
Cashman would homer in the top of the third inning to make the score 6-2. But, the game turned strange in the bottom of the third.
Oswaldo Navarro had runners at second and third with no outs and a 3-0 count. Clinton starter Kyle Rogers threw a pitch over Navarro's head. Navarro ducked but left his bat above his head. The ball made contact with Navarro's bat and dropped ten feet in front of the plate. Rogers fielded the ball after freezing for a moment. But his throw to first base was wild and two runs scored. Brent Johnson followed with a single to center that was misplayed for another error and Navarro scored for a 9-2 Rattler lead. Rogers left after the Johnson single.
Then, the first pitch by reliever Josh Giles hit home plate umpire Garrett Wilson on the knee. Wilson had to be helped off the field. Base umpire Nicholas Nolde had to go behind the plate to replace his partner. Rattler reliever Cibney Bello and LumberKing infielder Tug Hulett took over a the base umpires.
When play resumed Jack Arroyo drove in Johnson with a sacrifice fly and the Rattlers lead was 10-2. An RBI single by Brandon Green in the bottom of the fifth inning pushed the Rattler lead to 11-2.
Lowe pitched six innings allowed two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and then turned things over to the bullpen. That's when the LumberKings did most of their damage. Ian Gac hit a two run homer off Adam Brandt in the top of the seventh inning.
The Rattlers added a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh on back-to-back RBI singles by Brandon Green and Matt Tuiasosopo and had a 13-4 lead. The Rattlers would need those runs.
In the top of the eighth, Clinton got back-to-back home runs to get to within 13-8. Andrew Wishy hit a three run homer off Brandt. Gac followed with his second homer of the game.
In the top of the ninth, Clinton loaded the bases with no outs against Jon Lockwood. A sacrifice fly by Ben Harrison drove in a run to cut the Rattler lead to 13-9. Lockwood struck out the next batter for out number two, but he would walk Wishy to load the bases and bring Gac to the plate as the tying run.
Steve Grasley entered the game and struck out Gac swinging to get his third save of the season.
The Rattlers welcome the Kane County Cougars to Fox Cities Stadium to start a four game series on Monday night. Randy Frye (2-4, 8.10ERA) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Rattlers. Joe Scott (1-1, 6.00ERA) will start for the Cougars. Game time is 7:05pm.
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