APPLETON, Wis. — The Clinton LumberKings saw a 6-3 lead after 4 1/2 innings slip away in a 9-6 loss to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, who completed the four-game series sweep Monday night.

Clinton, which has lost nine of 10, led 6-5 heading to the bottom of the eighth before Wisconsin erupted for four runs in the inning.

The Rattlers grabbed an early 3-0 lead with two runs in the second inning and another in the third.

The L-Kings bounced back with consecutive three-run innings in the fourth and fifth to go up 6-3.

In the fourth John Mayberry lined a one-out home run, the first hit off Wisconsin starting pitcher Jose Escalona, to left. It was his eighth home run.

Later in the inning back-to-back, two-out RBI singles by Ben Crabtree and K.C. Herren tied the game 3-3.

In the top of the fifth Clinton’s Matt Smith and Mayberry drew one-out walks before Freddie Thon belted an opposite field three-run homer, his sixth of the season, to put the L-Kings up 6-3.

The Rattlers pulled within a run with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Clinton starting pitcher Kyle Rogers allowed five runs on five hits and three walks over five innings. Reliever Jose Marte (3-3) took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks over three innings.

The L-Kings open a four-game series at home tonight with the Beloit Snappers. Game time is 7 p.m.

TIMBER RATTLERS 9, LUMBERKINGS 6

CLINTON WISCONSIN

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Vallejo 2b 5 0 2 0 Domingz ss 4 1 2 2

Smith ss 4 1 0 0 Saunders cf 4 1 1 0

Mayberry rf 4 2 1 1 Craig dh 4 1 1 1

Thon 1b 4 1 1 3 Valbena 2b 2 2 1 1

Blunt cf 4 1 1 0 Prosise c 4 1 1 2

Whittlmn 3b 3 1 0 0 Sabatlla 1b 3 0 0 0

Crabtree dh 4 0 1 1 Flaig 3b 3 1 2 0

Herren lf 4 0 2 1 EHerndz rf 3 1 2 2

Martinez c 4 0 0 0 JHernadz lf 4 1 1 0

Totals 36 6 8 5 Totals 31 9 11 8



Clinton 000 330 000 —6

Wisconsin 021 020 04x —9

E—Flaig. DP—Clinton 1. LOB—Clinton 6, Wisconsin 4. 2B—E. Hernandez, Flaig, Dominguez. HR—Mayberry (8), Thon (6), Craig (5), Prosise (2). SB—Valbuena (12), Dominguez (9). CS—Valbuena, Dominguez.

IP H R ER BB SO

Clinton

Rogers 5 5 5 5 3 7

Marte L,3-3 3 6 4 4 2 2

Wisconsin

Escalona 5 2/3 7 6 6 3 5

Gibson 1 2/3 0 0 0 0 0

Guaramato W,2-2 2/3 0 0 0 0 1

Martinez S,1 1 1 0 0 0 2

HBP—by Rogers (Sabatella). WP—Rogers 2, Martinez. Time—2:55. Attendance—1,844.

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