Jason Markovitz pitched two perfect innings in relief and the Clinton LumberKings scored three consecutive runs to earn a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Burlington on Friday in the second game of a doubleheader created when Thursday’s season opener was suspended by rain.
“It’s great to get a win,” Markovitz said. “I was told and I believe it, that you have to hate losing more than you love winning. And we all love winning.”
Markovitz struck out four batters and picked up the win in the seven-inning game.
Burlington claimed the first game 9-5. It was tied 4-4 Thursday when it was suspended by rain.
Douglas Landaeta (4-for-5 in the first game) scored the go-ahead run on Tony Thompson’s triple in the fifth inning. Landaeta then added a two-run triple the Bees’ four-run sixth.
Markovitz entered with the score tied at 2 in the top of the fifth.
“I was needing to throw strikes and put up zeroes,” he said. “I wanted to give the team the best chance to win.”
Marcus Littlewood, the No. 8 prospect in the Mariners’ system according to Baseball America, went 5-for-7 combined in the two games, including a single to lead off the fifth for the LumberKings.
“I was looking for a fastball like I always do,” Littlewood said. “I got one over the plate for a strike. I turned on it. I hit it off the end of the bat, but I got enough for it to go to the outfield.”
He advanced to third on a single by Ramon Morla.
“We’re taught to go from first to third as often as we can,” Littlewood said. “I got the opportunity and it was good because I was in better scoring position.”
Mickey Wiswall took advantage of that by hitting an RBI single that turned out to be the game-winner.
“We got the win in the second game and that’s all that matters,” Littlewood said.