The second half would begin with the LumberKings having five players promoted to Jupiter.
Five Miami Marlins prospects, including outfielder Jerar Encarnacion, along with pitchers Chris Vallimont, Humberto Mejia, Alex Vesia, and CJ Carter were amongst the newest additions to the Hammerheads roster, in the high-A Florida State League. First baseman Sean Reynolds was demoted to the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs. Clinton would see pitchers Cam Baird, Raul Brito, and Cason Sherrod join the team. The Marlins 2019 fourth round pick Evan Edwards would also join the club.
Alberto Guerrero (3-2 2.51) took the hill to begin the second half, which started with a loss. Guerrero went six frames while allowing five hits, walking three and tallying five strikeouts.
In his first game as a LumberKing, Evan Edwards would go two-for-four with an RBI-single. Christopher Torres would also have a two hit night, going two-for-three. The Miami Marlins first pick in 2018, Connor Scott, would collect a RBI-double in the first inning.
For the second straight night Edwards collected an RBI-single by going one-for-four. Thomas Jones, who would see a three-for-four night at the plate and Connor Scott added a double and scored twice.
George Soriano once again would throw the ball well allowing three earned runs on five hits, walking two and striking out seven. Elkin Alcala (0-2, 5.40) would take the loss in his one inning of work allowing one earned run on two hits.
Jake Walters (0-3, 5.24) took the loss this night despite earning a Quality Start, tossing six innings and giving up three earned runs on four hits. The LumberKings could offer no offensive support on the night as Clinton would suffer a 0-4 shutout loss
Looking to avoid the sweep Tyler Jones (2-4, 2.34) would take the ball and throw five solid innings allowing only two hits, he would walk four and strike out four. Tyler Mitzel would come in and would toss three scoreless innings before giving up a HR in the ninth. Zack Wolf would get the final two outs for his fourth save on the season.
The newest addition Peyton Burdick, chosen by the Miami Marlins in the third round of the 2019 draft, would reach base four times, with a two-for-three performance, drawing a walk and a hit by pitch and have a RBI-double in his Clinton LumberKings debut. We would see the losing streak end at six with the 4-1 victory.
Clinton and Peoria would both throw up zeros over the first six innings. Starter Tanner Andrews gave up two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings allowing seven hits, walking one and would see a new career high nine strikeouts. Raul Brito (1-0, 0.00) tossed 1 2/3 innings of relief and pick up his first win as a LumberKing. Cason Sherrod racked up his first save while celebrating his birthday.
For the first seven innings Clinton could only manage two hits, but that would change in the eighth when Christopher Torres would have an RBI-double. Peyton Burdick would drive in Torres With a double, only to come around and score himself when Will Banfield hit his team leading seventh home run.
Alberto Guerrero wound up with a no decision with a solid performance going eight innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, walking two and five K’s. Tanner Andrews (4.20) came in to close it out, but blew the save allowing the tying run to score on a wild pitch. Elkin Alcala (1-2, 4.91) after two quick outs gave up a single to left. Peyton Burdick came up firing to nail the runner at the plate to keep the game scoreless in the tenth.
Marcos Rivera hit a two run homer for his fifth of the season. Evan Edwards finished as the hero of the night with a walkoff RBI double to run the win streak to three games.
Looking ahead to next week the LumberKings will play the final two games against the Peoria Chiefs (St. Louis Cardinals) then open a three-game series with the Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston Astros) then they will travel to take on the Beloit Wisconsin to take on the Snappers (Oakland Athletics)
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