Hollon dominates Timber Rattlers in Midwest League debut

Clinton Hollon didn't disappoint in his Midwest League debut Wednesday. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Clinton Hollon didn’t disappoint in his Midwest League debut Wednesday.

Toronto Blue Jays prospect Clinton Hollon turned in a dominant performance for his Midwest League debut Wednesday, giving up only one hit and two walks in seven innings.

Selected in the second round of the 2013 draft, Hollon missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He made nine starts in short-season this year before joining the Lansing Lugnuts for Wednesday’s game against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

He didn’t disappoint. Although he started shaky by giving up a single and two walks in the 1st inning, he escaped the frame without allowing a run, and retired 19 consecutive batters to finish his outing.

Hollon left the game with a 2-0 lead, which was enough to get him his first Midwest League win after the Timber Rattlers managed to score only one run, off reliever Colton Turner. Wisconsin has lost its last six games.

Lugnuts centerfielder D.J. Davis went 2-for-3 with a triple, extending his on-base streak to 18 consecutive games. Lansing scored both of its runs on sacrifice flies, by shortstop Dawel Lugo and designated hitter Chris Carlson.

D.J. Davis races toward 3rd base during his triple in the 2nd inning. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

D.J. Davis races toward 3rd base during his triple in the 2nd inning of Wednesday’s game.

Catcher Carlos Leal drove in the Timber Rattlers run with a two-out double in the top of the 9th inning. Wisconsin had the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base after designated hitter Elvis Rubio walked, but leftfielder Francisco Castillo then grounded out to end the game.

Carlos Leal bats for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers during Wednesday's game.

Carlos Leal bats for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers during Wednesday’s game.

Because the game was held on a Wednesday at Cooley Law School Stadium, Humphrey the Camel was on hand. You may remember the camel began attending midweek Lugnuts games last year as part of the team’s Hump Day promotion. Well, Humphrey seemed as popular as ever, as a steady stream of people walked over to pet him and take selfies with the Lugnuts cap-wearing camel.

People of all ages were eager to visit Humphrey the Camel.

People of all ages were eager to visit Humphrey the Camel.

The inaugural class of the Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame will be honored in a pre-game ceremony Thursday. (You can read about the 10 inductees here.) Their plaques, already installed and covered in preparation for the unveiling, are placed along the fence of the new outfield walkway, as seen in the photo below.

Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame

As you can see, construction on the outfield apartment complex continues. I’ll have more on that and other notable changes at Cooley Law School Stadium in an upcoming post. Spoiler alert: I think the renovations look great!

*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler

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