Game Notes for 5/17; 15 runs on 22 hits, First road series win of the year, Brito and Jimenez Rattler killers, & More
Today’s Preview: The Clinton LumberKings (A, Mariners) meet the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A, Brewers) for the second time this season. The LumberKings trail the all-time series 298–357, dating back to 1963, against Wisconsin and, 61–65, since the LumberKings became a Seattle Mariners affiliate in 2009. The LumberKings took two of three games in a three -game series at Ashford University Field April 17–19. The series was the last LumberKings series win until Clinton took two of three from the Great Lakes Loons in their last series,
LumberKings Starter: Ljay Newsome, 21, makes his eighth start of the season for Clinton. The Maryland native saw his four-game winning streak snapped in his last outing when he took the loss against the Great Lakes Loons. Newsome set a season high for pitches, with 89, but lasted just four innings, his second shortest start of the season. His two starts in the month of May have not been good ones. He is currently 0–1 with an 8.00 ERA in nine innings pitched during the month. The LumberKings opening day starter, has struggled on the road this season he is 1–1 with a 7.20 ERA in three starts away from Ashford Unversity Field this season.
Timber Rattlers Starter: Thomas Jankins, 21, makes his eighth start and appearance of the season for the Timber Rattlers. The righty has made it through five innings in each of his starts this season, but was hung and was given a no decision his last time out against the Lake County Captains. Jankins has struggled with the home run this season. He allowed two home runs his last time out in give up five runs and has now allowed a homme run in each of his last five start. The Massachusetts native was drafted out of Quinnipiac University, who play in the MAAC, in the 13th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. He was just the 16th player in school history, and highest drafted player, to be taken out of the small college in Hamden Connecticut. Played high school basketball and soccer in addition to baseball.
Last Time Out: Twice the Clinton LumberKings batted around in a lopsided 15–3 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Tuesday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field. The LumberKings (15–20) slugged four home runs, two by Gareth Morgan, and totaled 22 hits in an avalanche of offense. The LumberKings scored early and often putting their first runs on the board in the top of the first inning off Timber Rattlers (17–18) starter Zack Brown. Anthony Jimenez opened the scoring with the LumberKings first home run of the afternoon. Following a Bryson Brigman one out walk, Jimenez drove a ball just over the wall in left for his second home run of the season. Jimenez came just a triple shy of the cycle going 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, three runs scored, a walk, and two RBI. After adding a run in the second, the LumberKings broke out for four runs in the third inning. Joe Rizzo leadoff with a walk which led to Brown (0–2) being taken out after just two plus innings of work. Jordan Desguin entered the game for Wisconsin and allowed back-to-back doubles to Jimenez and Yojhan Quevedo to bring home the first two runs in the inning. The LumberKings sent 10 men to the plate in the inning which was capped by a Gareth Morgan mammoth home run to center.
At Last: In a 15–3 win on Tuesday afternoon the game had the feel that the LumberKings were exercising some demons. The fourth straight win for Clinton, tied for the longest winning streak of the year, marked the first road series win of the year for the LumberKings.
A Loooong Time A’ Comin’: The Clinton LumberkIngs set a new season-high for runs scored with 15. The offensive explosion was the most runs scored by the LumberKings since they scored 18 in Beloit in a 18–4 win over the Snappers on June 1, 2014.
Anti-Venom: With all the new season-highs is can be easily lost, but Krisitan Brito and Anthony Jimenez have been Timber Rattler killers this season. Kristian Brito and Anthony Jimenez home runs in the 15–3 win Tuesday afternoon were their third and second, respectively, on the season. All of their home runs have come against Wisconsin.
Quevedo Streaking: Catcher Yojhan Quevedo has had to battle through injuries this season and is now seeing playing time split with another catcher Nick Thurman. Still Quevedo has been steady offensively, hitting safely in his last eight games (13-for-39) the longest hitting streak on the team this season. During the streak Quevedo also hit his first home run in over two years. Also during his streak, Quevedo tallied two doubles in a 15–3 win over Wisconsin, the most doubles by a LumberKing in a single game this season.
Let’s Talk Numbers: The Clinton LumberKings set season-high in several offensive categories with their 15–3 win. They slugged four home runs, collected 22 hits, scored15 runs, totaled seven doubles all season highs. Several players had personal best, Gareth Morgan hit two home runs, Anthony Jimenez and Yojhan Quevedo had four hits, Quevedo also had two doubles.
Did You See This?: Yesterday was a significant day for Major League Baseball and symbolic moment showing the growth of the game internationally. The Pittsburgh Pirates became the first team in MLB history to sign a Chinese pitcher from the MLB development program in China. Hai-Cheng Gong, 18 years old signed with the Pirates after becoming the second player to graduate from the program and will report to the Pirates spring training complex in Florida. The Pirates have already made headlines witht their promoting to the Major Leagues the first African born player, Gift Ngoepe, and signing the first Lithuanian in Dovydas Neverauskas.
This date in baseball history: On this date in 1945, every game on the American League schedule is rained out for the fourth consecutive day.
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.”