“It definitely does put a little pressure on me, and I love pressure,” Unsworth said of pitching in a close game.
Unsworth blanked Beloit for the first six innings.
“I was keeping them off balance, throwing inside and outside, and throwing my fastball with good command,” he said. “My changeup was pretty good, and my curveball was pretty good.”
Unsworth never faced more than four batters in an inning until the seventh, when the Snappers finally broke through. John Wooten singled with one out and scored on a two-out double to left by Jacob Tanis to make it 2-1.
But the LumberKings provided plenty of insurance in the bottom half of the inning.
A one-out bases-loaded walk to Tyler Marlette — Clinton’s second walk with the bases loaded in as many innings — made it a 3-1 game. One out later, Jordy Lara delivered a two-run single. Jabari Henry, the recipient of the bases-loaded walk in the sixth, followed with a two-run double to left to make it 7-1.
“We talked about it before batting practice due to what happened in the second game (Saturday) that the pressure is on the pitcher in that situation,” Menchaca said. “We took advantage of it with walks, then we took advantage of the guy (Beloit reliever Tucker Healy) falling behind to score some runs.”
Now, Menchaca would like to take advantage of some nice weather.
“This is my third year here, and by far this is the worst as far as weather,” he said. “It’s got to be frustrating for the new managers in the league.
“It’s tough to get in a groove as a pitcher or a hitter, and as a manager it’s tough to get everybody involved.”
In Saturday’s doubleheader, Clinton opened with a 4-2 win against Wisconsin. Pizzano’s two-run double in the bottom of the third inning snapped a 1-1 tie.