GENEVA, Ill. — A game that featured four blown leads, 13 total runs and 27 total hits, and took more than four hours to complete, saw the Clinton LumberKings pick up a 7-6 win over Kane County in 13 innings Thursday afternoon.
Though Kane County had more opportunities to create walk-off magic, the Clinton bullpen bent but did not break, and allowed the offense to finally pull through in the 13th.
Estarlyn Morales claimed hero honors for Clinton with an opposite-field double with one out in the top of the 13th inning. The hit scored Daniel Torres, who singled in the previous at-bat, and gave Clinton its fourth lead of the game.
Blanking the Cougars in extra innings was just a continuation of what the Clinton bullpen had done all game. Four relievers combined to pitch the final 8 1/3 innings in shutout fashion, as Ryan Horstman, Ramire Cleto, Peter Miller, and Rohn Pierce (1-1) allowed just four hits in nearly a full game out of the pen.
Clinton trailed by one run in the ninth inning. Already with a home run in the game, Joe DeCarlo launched a pitch just to the left of straightaway center field. His third home run of the season tied the game at 6 and led to extra innings.
The series finale is scheduled for 6:30 tonight as Clinton sends left-hander Pat Peterson (0-1, 1.93 ERA) to the mound to face right-hander Brad Keller (0-0, 4.50).