CLINTON — Comeback mayhem ensues in Clinton. On Tuesday night, it was Brock Hebert’s and Tyler Marlette’s turns to come up.
The LumberKings were down 4-2 to Peoria entering the eighth inning, with all the big hits seeming to come from the other dugout. Clinton managed only five hits entering the frame, hardly touching Chiefs’ starter Silfredo Garcia, who finished with seven strikeouts in as many innings. The previous inning, Garcia struck out three with two batters looking and Janelfry Zorrilla fanning on two straight breaking balls.
In the eighth, with two outs, Marlette took the plate with runners on first and third. He knocked the ball to left center to reach second, scoring Ketel Marte and Patrick Kivlehan to tie the game 4-4. After two more walks, Hebert took the batters box with a chance to put Clinton ahead, but at that point he was 0-for-3 on the night.
“They had a good starter on the mound,” Hebert said of Garcia. “With those guys you just have to keep competing, keep competing... We kind of stuck with the same approach. I got my fastball and put a good swing on it.”
Marlette scored on a wild pitch to break the tie, then Hebert singled to center field to score Zorrilla. Although Jordy Lara was thrown out at the plate to end the side, it was too late for Peoria, down 6-4 going into the final inning.
After Clinton closer Grady Wood’s shutout ninth, striking out Jimmy Parque for the final out, it made the bottom of the Clinton lineup Tuesday’s clutch performers.
“It’s just like everything fell into place at the right time,” Clinton manager Eddie Menchaca said. “I think it’s more about better at bats at the end of the game that matter the most. That’s why baseball’s a great game; it all happened with two outs.”