It took longer than they wanted, but the South Bend Cubs beat the Clinton LumberKings 3-2 in 10 innings Thursday to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Midwest League Championship Series.
The Cubs were one out away from victory when the LumberKings tied the score 2-2 on an RBI single by Peyton Burdick. After South Bend didn’t score in the bottom of the 9th, the game entered extra innings — and a rain delay that lasted an hour and 38 minutes.
The Cubs won in the bottom of the 10th when Peyton Culbertson uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Cole Roederer to score.
South Bend scored first when Nelson Maldonado singled home two runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. Clinton pulled within a run when Bubba Hollins doubled home Evan Edwards in the top of the 3rd.
The LumberKings squandered bases-loaded opportunities to score more runs in the 5th and 6th innings.
South Bend’s starting pitcher, Faustino Carrera, allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five batters in five innings. Clinton starting pitcher Jake Walters allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out six batters in six innings.
Game 3 will be played in Clinton on Saturday. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. CST. Scheduled starting pitchers are LumberKings RHP Josh Roberson and Cubs RHP Riley Thompson.