BURLINGTON – Remey Reed threw six perfect innings and J.D. Osbrone drove in four runs in a Clinton LumberKings 9-5 win over the Burlington Bees at Community Field on Thursday night. The win keeps the LumberKings (42-24, 75-60) atop the Western Division and stretches their current winning streak to five games.
Clinton started their scoring immediately – eventually building toward a 9-0 lead. In the top of the first, Burlington (27-39, 66-70) starter Keith Rogalla allowed the games first three runs. Eight LumberKings batters came up during the inning with Osborne smashing a two-run homer to cap the rally – his 10th home run of the year.
Rogalla (1-2) was hung with the loss for a four-inning outing. He allowed no more runs following the first, surrendering six hits while walking none and striking out eight. In total Bees pitching struck out a combined 18 Clinton batters.
Osborne drove home another two runs in the fifth inning with an two-run single to bring his RBIs total for the night to four – matching a professional career high.
In the top of the seventh, the lead grew to nine with Clinton’s largest rally of the night. Eight batters came to the plate to score four runs on four hits. The rally was capped on back-to-back RBI doubles from Evan Edwards and Will Banfield.
Remey Reed needed little support for his most dominate start as a LumberKing. He did not allow a base runner to reach against him. Reed (4-3) earned the win with six shutout innings, with no hits and no walks, while striking out seven.
Burlington broke up the perfect game bid in the bottom of the seventh and started to rally. When the dust settled, the Bees sent nine men to the plate to score four runs on five hits.
In the bottom of the eighth, Kevin Maitan pulled the Bees a run closer with a solo home run off the scoreboard in right center – his 12th blast of the season.
Tyler Mitzel worked the final 2.1 innings for Clinton and set down Burlington 1-2-3 in the ninth to preserve the LumberKings fifth straight win and take the series.
The LumberKings will meet the Burlington Bees for the finale game of their three-game series on Friday night. Clinton will throw righty Jake Walters (6-4, 2.54) while Burlington will tap righty Robinson Pina (5-7, 3.81). First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (CDT). Fans looking to listen to the game can hear Erik Oas with the pregame show on 6:15 p.m. with the pregame show on 100.3 FM WCCI and online at lumberkings.com via the tunein radio app.
Arizona Fall League Announced
Three members of the 2019 LumberKings have been selected by the Miami Marlins to participate in the Arizona Fall League this year. Jerar Encarnacion, C.J. Carter, and Alex Vesia will join the Salt River Rafters this fall.
The Arizona Fall League is a League composed of two divisions of three, with each team made up with players from five Major League clubs. The Marlins players will join prospects from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Minnesota Twins, and Tampa Bay Rays. Being selected to player is considered an honor for the players, who will have the opportunity to showcase their skills among the best in the Minor Leagues across all levels.
The trio from the 2019 LumberKings will be joined by other Marlins prospects incuding former LumberKing Nick Neidert, Jose Devers, Victor Victor Mesa, and Vincenzo Aiello. Neidert was a part of the record setting 2016 LumberKings who were the last Clinton squad in the playoffs before the 2019 LumberKings clinched last night in Burlington.
Encarnacion, played in 68 of 69 games in the first half for the LumberKings, batting .298 and hitting 10 home runs before earning a promotion to High-A Jupiter at the Midwest League All-Star Break. Encarnacion’s final at bat as a LumberKing was a go-ahead home run in the MWL All-Star Game.
Carter, who also left after the MWL All-Star Break, appeared in 18 games out of the LumberKings bullpen. He ended with a 2.27 ERA and a proessional career high 39 strikeouts.
Vesia, who appeared in 19 games out of the LumberKings bullpen while striking out 51 batters, was promoted to High-A Jupiter and has since been able to make the leap all the way up to AA Jacksonville where he has yet to give up a run in eight appearances.
A complete List of former LumberKings selected for the AFL in 2019 can be seen below.
Alex Vesia Marlins Salt River Rafters
C.J. Carter Marlins Salt River Rafters
Jerar Encarnacion Marlins Salt River Rafters
Joe Rizzo Mariners Peoria Javelinas
Nick Neidert Marlins Salt River Rafters
Raymond Kerr Mariners Peoria Javelinas
Sam Delaplane Mariners Peoria Javelinas
Seth Elledge Cardinals Glendale Desert Dogs