Game Notes 5/28; Morgan hitting with RISP, K Town, Newsome New Career-High, & Ascanio Power
Today’s Preview: The Clinton LumberKings (A, Mariners) meet the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A, Brewers) for the third time this season. The LumberKings trail the all-time series 298–360, dating back to 1963, against Wisconsin and, 61–71, since the LumberKings became a Seattle Mariners affiliate in 2009. The LumberKings have won both of their three games series matchups thus far this year. In Clinton the LumberKings took two of three April 17–19 and again took two of three from the Timber Rattlers in Wisconsin May 15–17. The LumberKings biggest offense day of the season happened in Wisconsin when the LumberKings erupted for a 15–3 win.
LumberKings Starter: Robert Dugger, 21, makes his first start and 14 appearance of the season for Clinton. Dugger was moved to the LumberKings starting rotation along with Ronald Dominguez earlier this week and is taking the spot of Danny Garcia in the LumberKings starting staff. Out of the bullpen this year Dugger has been sharp and is currently 1–1 with a 3.42 ERA over his 26.1 IP. Opponents are hitting just .219 off Dugger this year and he has allowed only three runs over his last 14 innings of work. The Texas native did start last season while pitching for the Everett Aquasox all six of his appearances in Everett came as a starter where he went 2–1 with a 5.47 ERA in 26.1 IP. Dugger was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 18th round out of Texas Tech. The righty has made two appearances against the Timber Rattlers he has not allowed a run in 4.1 IP against Wisconsin this season.
Timber Rattlers Starter: Miguel Sanchez, 23, makes his 11 appearance and first start of the season for the Timber Rattlers. The Dominican native is making just his second professional career start. His only other start as a pro came in 2016 when he was pitching for the Dommincan Summer League Brewers when he got a no decision, working only 2.2 innings and give up five run on three hits while walking five and striking out four. Sanchez is coming of his shortest outing of the season were he record just one out against the Beloit Snappers in Beloit he gave up one run on two hits while walking one and striking out none. He has faired better on the road this year where he is 1–0 with a 2.53 ERA in 10.2 IP and is 1–0 with a 5.40 ERA in 15 IP.
Last Time Out: Rayder Ascanio homered to lead-off the Clinton LumberKings night but it was not enough in a 3–1 loss to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Saturday night at Ashford University Field. Ljay Newsome set a new professional career-high for strikeouts over his 5.1 innings of work, but was given the loss for his time out. Jankins (3–3) pitched well for the Timber Rattlers (23–23) beating the LumberKings for the second time this year. The only blemish during Jankins five innings of work came on his first pitch of the night. Ascanio wasted no time in staking the LumberKings (18–28) to an early 1–0 lead with his fourth home run of the season, three of which have now come to leadoff the game. The run in the bottom of the first for Clinton, proved to be their only tally of the night. The LumberKings registered six hits in the game, all against starter Jankins. LumberKings starter Newsome (4–4) turned in one of his best performances of the year. The righty struck out nine, a new professional career-high, and held the Timber Rattlers to three runs, on three hits while walking two. Newsome struck out the first three batters he faced but finally was touched for a run in the top of the third inning. Jose Cuas led off with a walk and moved to third on a Caleb Whalen single to right. Two batters later Cuas scored the first run of the game for Wisconsin on a Joantgel Segovia sacrifice fly to center.
Newsome New Career-High: Ljay Newsome took the loss on Saturday night but turned in another fine start. The righty worked 5.1 innings but once again did not receive the run support needed. Still he struck out a professional career-high nine batters.
Ascanio Leading Off: The only run the Clinton LumberKings could muster in a 3–1loss on Saturday night. Rayder Ascanio hit his fourth home run of the season and again it came to leadoff a game, his third home run to lead-off a game this season. The fourth long fly of the year for Ascanio marks a new professional career-high for home runs.
K’s: The Clinton LumberKings wasted strong pitching in their 3–1 loss to Wisconsin. Following Newsome’s nine strikeouts over his 5.1 innings of work the bullpen picked right up with the K’s punching out eight of their own. The 17 strikeouts by LumberKings pitching set a new season high for K’s in a game.
Morgan and RISP: Gareth Morgan has enjoyed the most success by a LumberKing this season when hitting with runners in scoring position. He is currently batting .344 (11/32) with men in scoring positon leading to 18 RBI in the situation. His impressive RBI tally is the most on the team with RISP.
This date in baseball history: On this date in 1957, Walter O’Malley and Horace Stoneham are given permission by the National League to negotiate deals with cities on the West Coast, with the proviso that the future location of their respective clubs, the Dodgers and the Giants, be known by October 1. The Brooklyn and New York owners both deny there is any significance to the unanimous vote other than being given an opportunity to explore all the available options for their possible relocation of their clubs.
Broadcast Information: All games will be broadcast live on 100.3 FM WCCI and online at LumberKings.com via the TuneIn Radio App with the Erik Oas, in his first season as the “Voice of the LumberKings.”