The Lumberkings have won of five of their last six and moved into a tie for first place in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League.
Looking to gain traction on their recent success, the Miami Marlins Midwest League affiliate would start with the final two games against the Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians). The Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego Padres) would then come into town for a three game series. The LumberKings would then travel to Michigan to take part in a series with the Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles Dodgers).
The Lumberkings would jump out to a 2-0 lead after the first over the Captains. They then poured it on in the third, sending 13 Kings to the plate and scoring eight runs. Led by a Davis Bradshaw two-run single and a bases-loaded two-run double by Christopher Torres. Torres would finish two-for-five with two RBI and two runs scored.
Alberto Guerrero earned the win throwing five scoreless innings and lowering his ERA while striking out five. The newest LumberKings arm, former top prospect Tyler Kolek, would pitch one scoreless inning. He would walked two while striking out two. A 10-1 win would see the Kings move into sole possession of first place.
George Soriano suffered a loss the next day, allowing four earned runs on six hits. He would struggle finding the plate, walking six while getting four K’s. Elkin Alcala would go the last three innings allowing only 2 hits and striking out two.
After falling behind 4-0, the Lumberkings would score two in the bottom of the fourth. JD Osborne would double in Evan Edwards, then score on a Davis Bradshaw single. The ninth-inning rally would fall short when the tying run was left standing at second. Despite losing the finale 4-3, the LumberKings took two-of-three in the series.
Starter Josh Roberson, fresh off the IL, would take the ball to start this one. Josh would exit after just 3 2/3 innings after allowing two earned runs on five hits. Josh would walk two and strike out five. Cam Baird would relieve Josh and go 1 1/3 innings while allowing two earned runs. The call would go to Manuel Rodriguez and would he not disappoint. Tossing four scoreless, hitless innings. Manuel would strike out four while earning the win.
Connor Scott would continue to heat up, going three-for-four with a double (17), adding a RBI and a run scored. Will Banfield would launch his eighth home run in the victory, a 5-4 decision over the TinCups.
Remey Reed made his Lumberkings debut and earned his first MWL win in this one, going six innings and allowing only one earned run on seven hits. He struck out three while walking none. Tyler Kolek and Zach Wolf would throw three scoreless combined to defeat Fort Wayne, 8-2.
Evan Edwards would go three-for-three with two RBI, and two scored. JD Osborne and Thomas Jones would add two RBI’s. Connor Scott was two-for-five with an RBI and a run scored while increasing his average to .247 in the 8-2 win.
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Both teams would score a run early in this one then see a bunch of zeros go up on the board against Fort Wayne. Jake Walters pitched eight strong innings, giving up one earned run on three hits. Jake would walk one and strike out four. The game would head to extra innings, and the TinCaps would score three in the top of the tenth.
Davis Bradshaw started the next half-inning at second followed by a Samuel Castro walk. When Peyton Burdick fell behind 0-2, he then sent the next pitch over the fence for a three-run homer to tie it back up and send this one to the 11th. The TinCaps would take the lead once again it the top of the 11th. The Lumberkings would walk it off as two runs would score on a error. Raul Brito would get the win and complete the sweep and move the win streak to three with a 6-5 win.
Tanner Andrews would get a no-decision after allowing four runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. He’d walk two and strike out eight. Cam Baird would finish the game and take the loss after allowing two earned runs and striking out three, giving up three hits.
Led by Christopher Torres’ two-for-four performance, he scored a run after hitting his fifth triple of the season. Bubba Hollins finished with two hits and a run scored. Of the Lumberkings five runs only two were batted in. The result would see the three-game win streak end with a 6-5 loss to Great Lakes.
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