The LumberKings kicked off the week looking to build on the past two wins, and started by hosting the Peoria Chiefs (St. Louis Cardinals) for a two-game series.
The Miami Marlins middle-A affiliate would then travel two hours east to face the Kane County Cougars (Arizona Diamondbacks), before returning home to open up a series against the Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians).
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with your third straight win? Tyler Jones (3-4, 1.87) took the mound, and he would look super tossing 6 2/3 scoreless innings while allowing three hits, and setting a new professional high with seven strikeouts.
Clinton’s pitching once again would receive a solid performance as Tanner Andrews (3-3, 3.51) would toss seven innings of three-hit ball. He struck out six while giving up just one earned run.
Connor Scott scored on a wild pitch and tied the game in the fourth. Evan Edwards collected a three-hit night and scored on a Thomas Jones double Clinton went on to win this one 4-1 to complete the sweep and run their win streak to four.
looking for their fifth straight win Alberto Guerrero (3-4, 2.66) went six innings giving up two earned runs on five hits. He walked one while striking out four. The offense could only come up with four singles as the Lumberkings fell 2-0 and see the win streak end.
George Soriano worked six innings and gave up only one earned run on two hits, adding three strikeouts. Manuel Rodriguez (3-1, 4.31) fresh off the IL, would go three innings and give up only two hits, one of which would be the game tying HR in the bottom of the ninth.
Will Banfield started the tenth on second. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, he ended up scoring on another wild pitch. Zack Wolf threw a scoreless bottom-10 to pick up save number six.
Jake Walters (1-3, 3.89) earned his first professional win by going 6 2/3 scoreless innings and allowing only two hits while striking out seven. Raul Brito allowed two earned runs while retiring only one batter. Called on to get out of the jam, Elkin Alcala would not disappoint. Alcala threw two scoreless and picked up his third save with the effort. With the 4-2 win the Lumberkings would take the series and move into a first place tie for first.
After allowing a run to start the game the Kings would plate five. Evan Edwards (.288) would crush his first HR, a three run shot. JD Osborne would go back-to-back with his fifth on the year. Christopher Torres would have a three-for-five night at the plate, knocking in one and scoring three.
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With the promotion of Tyler Jones to High-A Jupiter, Tanner Andrews (4-3, 3.72) would get the start a day early. He’d see six innings of work, giving up four earned runs on six hits. We would see an IMMACULATE INNING In the second with nine pitches, nine strikes. Tanner would finish with six K’s on the night. Cam Baird would toss two scoreless to earn his second hold. Zach Wolf would close this one out for his seventh save moving the win streak to seven.
Looking ahead the team will close out the series with Lake County, then the Fort Wayne Tin Caps (San Diego Padres) will come in for a three game series. The team will then take to the road to open a series against the Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles Dodgers).
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