The Clinton LumberKings rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 9th inning Friday to beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4-3.
The Timber Rattlers already had a 2-1 lead when they added a run in the top of the 9th inning, courtesy of a Juan Ortiz solo homer. The LumberKings faced a 3-1 deficit as they came to bat in the bottom half.
Clinton started the final frame with two singles before a throwing error allowed a run to score. Wisconsin walked the next batter to create the possibility of a force out at every base. Then, with the bases loaded, LumberKings shortstop Rayder Ascanio doubled home two runs for a walk-off victory.
Del Rosario fans 11 in 6 innings
Cedar Rapids Kernels RHP Eddie Del Rosario struck out 11 while scattering two hits and four walks in six scoreless innings versus the Kane County Cougars on Friday.
Del Rosario is now 3-2 with a 4.61 ERA, 45 strikeouts and 24 walks in 54.2 innings (10 starts) for the Kernels this season.
Cedar Rapids won the game 4-0, led offensively by designated hitter Luis Arraez, who went 3-for-5 with a solo homer. Arraez is batting .327 with 3 HR and 47 RBI in 82 games with the Kernels.
Jimenez gets four hits, four RBI
South Bend Cubs leftfielder Eloy Jimenez went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a grand slam in his team’s 11-7 win over the Lake County Captains on Friday.
The South Bend slugger from the Dominican Republic is batting .338 with 12 HR and 68 RBI in 91 games with the Cubs. He was named the Top Star of the Midwest League All-Star Game and was one of the stars in this year’s All-Star Futures Game.
Three other South Bend players — shortstop Vimael Machin, catcher Tyler Alamo and centerfielder Roberto Caro — each drove in two runs in Friday’s game. Captains catcher Juan De La Cruz went 3-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI, while shortstop Willi Castro went 4-for-5 from the leadoff spot.