((HT: Clinton Herald))
A seven-run second and nine-run fifth helped the Midwest League's Burlington Bees to a 17-1 lead heading to the bottom of the inning. So, you're thinking, everything is locked up... coast from here... and it's all good...
Not so much... The Clinton LumberKings scored 19 unanswered runs for the 20-17, 12-inning win.
Clinton 2B Lonnie Kauppilla had never pitched professionally and hadn't pitched since high school. He retired the Bees in order in the 12th. Obviously, he picked up his first career save.
Josh Jackson over at milb.com caught up with him:
"Being up by one and knowing I was going to have to pitch when I haven't pitched in five years, I really wanted to get us some extra runs," the Stanford product said. "I was really glad that I was able to get that hit."
Zachary James of the Herald caught up with LumberKings manager Scott Steinemann very early in the morning in Iowa
Just so you know- thinking this is some kind of fluke- Clinton also overcame an eight-run deficit on Saturday, scoring five times with two outs in the ninth inning to beat Wisconsin, 16-13. So there's that history lesson for every other team in the Midwest League.
The official game time was just under 3-and-a-half hours and the recorded attendance of 558 will grow exponentially from this moment forward.
The HQ, actually, will admit to listening to the 12th inning from the Bees point-of-view...
Pretty wild stuff...