Clinton’s Austin notches nine straight hits

Clinton LumberKings CF Jamal Austin bats at Modern Woodmen Park earlier this season.

Clinton LumberKings CF Jamal Austin hit his way into the L-Kings’ record book and fell just shy of tying a Midwest League record when he hit safely in nine consecutive at-bats (5-for-5 Saturday and 4-for-6 Sunday).

The Midwest League record for most consecutive hits (10) was set by Fort Wayne Wizards catcher Rene Lopez with four hits on May 27, 1993, and six hits on May 29, 1993. He hit .250 in 92 games with the Wizards that year. His teammates included RHP LaTroy Hawkins, who went 15-5 with a 2.06 ERA and 179 strikeouts in 157.1 IP for the Wizards.

You can read more about Austin’s achievement here.

Midwest League Players of the Week

The Midwest League Players of the Week for June 25-July 1 are Clinton LumberKings 1B/DH Ji-Man Choi and Lansing Lugnuts RHP Aaron Sanchez.

During that time, Choi hit .538 (14-for-26) with 4 HR, a double, 7 runs and 7 RBI. In 31 games this year, he is hitting .316 with 5 HR and 19 RBI.

During that same stretch, Sanchez made two starts of five scoreless innings, striking out nine batters and allowing only five hits and two walks. He is having a phenomenal season, allowing only four earned runs in 57 innings for a 0.63 ERA. He is 7-0.

Lansing Lugnuts SP Aaron Sanchez on the mound

Dontrelle Willis retires

The D-Train has pulled into the station for the last time.

LHP Dontrelle Willis, the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year, announced today he is retiring. He last pitched in the major leagues with the Cincinnati Reds in 2011, when he went 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 13 games.

Willis pitched for the Kane County Cougars in 2002, when he went 10-2 with a 1.83 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 127.2 IP. One year later he was mowing down National League batters as a rookie with the Florida Marlins. His best season was in 2005, when he went 22-10 with a 2.63 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 236.1 IP. He threw seven complete games that year, including a league-best five shutouts. He finished second in the National League Cy Young Award voting behind St. Louis Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter.

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