Swing take season series, 9-8, from Wisconsin; Lucena's sacrifice drives home game-winner
The Swing of the Quad Cities pushed across the lead run in the top of the sixth inning and the Swing relief corps provided 3.2 scoreless innings as the Swing held off the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 3-2, on Friday night at Fox Cities Stadium. The first-place Swing (15-7, 51-40) have won five of their last six ballgames, and won the tight season series, nine games to eight, from the first-half champion Timber Rattlers (10-12, 49-43).
The Swing jumped to a 2-0 lead before Wisconsin tied the game with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but Quad Cities retook the lead in the top of the sixth frame. Wes Swackhamer drew a leadoff walk, and Chris Patrick moved him to third on a hit-and-run single into left. Juan Lucena knocked home Swackhamer with a sacrifice fly into shallow center, as Swackhamer aggressively scored sliding under a good throw from Chris Colton.
The Swing bullpen took over from there.
Wayne Lundgren replaced eventual winning pitcher Tyler Adamczyk with two men on and one out in the sixth, and quickly retired baserunner Mike Wilson, who was overaggressive and tried to steal third base before Lundgren delivered home. The Australian righty then coaxed a chopper to third from Matt Tuiasosopo to end the threat in the sixth.
Brian Miller entered in the bottom of the seventh inning, and mowed through six straight Rattlers batters over two inning, as Wisconsin did not get a ball out of the infield.
Jason Cairns followed suit in the ninth, working a perfect inning. After Rob John son bounced out to open the inning., pinch hitter Marshall Hubbard lined out to Matt Lemanczyk in center. Tuiasosopo chopped to second to end the game, as Matt Shpeherd made an off-balance throw to retire the hustling infielder.
Adamczyk (3-2) tossed 5.2 strong innings for the Swing, allowing two runs on just four hits. Adamczyk struck out five while walking two as he picked up his second win with the Swing and snapped a three-start losing streak. Aaron Jensen (5-9) allowed three runs on ten hits in six innings for the loss.
The Swing tallied first, using four singles to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Chris Patrick ripped an inning-opening single to center, and then Juan Lucena followed with the same hit to move men to the corners. With a full count, Lucena broke from first and Mike Ferris singled through the vacant shortstop hole to score Patrick for a 1-0 Swing lead. After a double play, Matt Lemanczyk followed with a single to score Lucena for a 2-0 Quad Cities advantage.
After Tyler Adamczyk was perfect through the first three innings, the Rattlers came back to tie it up, scoring once each in the fourth and fifth innings. Brent Johnson opened the fourth with an infield single, then scored when Brandon Green hit a bounceout. Wisconsin tied it up in the fifth, as Omar Falcon drew a leadoff walk and scored on Johnson's sacrifice fly.
UP NEXT: The Swing begin a four-game series against the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field on Saturday night, as the Swing send Matt Scherer (6-5, 3.80) to the mound against 18-year-old lefty Phillippe Valiquette (1-4, 6.18). First pitch is scheduled for 6:00, and pregame coverage on Progressive Talk AM 1270 will begin at 5:45.
UPCOMING HOMESTAND: The Swing begin an eight-game homestand on Thursday, July 21. The homestand will include a fireworks show on Friday, July 22, a Johan Santana bobblehead giveaway on Saturday, July 23, and several other promotions throughout Tickets are available for all Swing games by calling (563) 328-2000.
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