Clinton Beats Bandits 6-5 on July 30

Clinton Beats Bandits 6-5 on July 30

It was dicey late, but for the first time in a week, the Clinton LumberKings (14-24, 44-62) pulled out a win. It took a ninth inning foul out sacrifice fly by left fielder Chantz Mack to defeat the hometown Quad Cities River Bandits (21-17, 56-51) 6-5. The win snapped a six game losing streak for Clinton and a four game winning streak for Quad Cities.
It was dicey late, but for the first time in a week, the Clinton LumberKings (14-24, 44-62) pulled out a win. It took a ninth inning foul out sacrifice fly by left fielder Chantz Mack to defeat the hometown Quad Cities River Bandits (21-17, 56-51) 6-5. The win snapped a six game losing streak for Clinton and a four game winning streak for Quad Cities.

After the two teams combined for eight runs in the first three innings in the series opener, things started much smoother for both clubs. Though neither starter, Seon Gi Kim for Clinton and Chris Lee for Quad Cities factored in the decision, each worked the first three innings in shutout fashion. Kim, who did not allow a hit through three innings, blinked first. After a single to Chase McDonald, his fourth hit in the series, A.J. Reed homered for the second time in three days, a two-run blast that opened the scoring.

Lee, who had walked six in 11 innings vs. Clinton prior to Wednesday’s start, issued a walk in each of the first two innings. The LumberKings offense followed each walk however with a double play, as they hit into a season high three in the game.

Quad Cities doubled its lead in the fifth. After a leadoff double by Marc Wik, Kim surrendered his second two-run home run of the game, as Brett Phillips (12) homered for the fifth consecutive game. That was the last time Quad Cities held the lead, as a five run sixth inning for Clinton propelled them to the win.

Already with five shutout innings, Lee pitched to the first four batters in the sixth. He walked Aaron Barbosa, who reached in all five plate appearances, and gave up a single to Jack Reinheimer. With men on the corners, Mack tripled home both runs and made it 5-2. Justin Seager followed with an RBI single, as Chris Cotton then relieved Lee. Marcus Littlewood greeted the lefty with an RBI triple of his own, and he scored on Jeff Zimmerman’s lone hit of the night. Clinton led 5-4 after 5.5 innings.

Paul Fry (2-3) came in from the bullpen in relief of Kim to begin the sixth. He surrendered a leadoff single to left field by Brian Holberton, and the catcher advanced to second an a Mack fielding error. Holberton moved to third on Ryan Bottger’s single, and scored the tying run on Wik’s sacrifice fly. Though he allowed the run, Fry picked up the win in relief.

Already with the RBI’s of the game, Mack did it again in the ninth. With a walk to Reinheimer, righty Andrew Walter (4-3) loaded the bases with one out. Mack popped out in foul territory behind third base, and shortstop Thomas Lindauer was forced to slide to make the catch. With his back to the plate, Luis Caballero scored the eventual winning run.

Quad Cities left the tying run at second base in the ninth, as Kevin McCoy (SV, 1) got Lindauer to groundout to end the game.

The victory evened the series, and snapped a season high losing streak for Clinton. Eight of the nine LumberKings started recorded a hit, as they outhit the River Bandits 12-7. Mack had his fifth three RBI game of the season, and second vs. Quad Cities. Littlewood extended his hit streak to a season high eight games as the catcher went 2-3.

The LumberKings look to close out July with a victory, which would give them just their third series win of the month. Blake Holovach (5-4, 3.41) will oppose Michael Feliz (6-3, 3.44) in the series finale. First pitch at Modern Woodmen Park is set for 7:00 Thursday night. The LumberKings broadcast can be heard on WCCI 100.3 FM, WCCIRadio.com, and LumberKings.com.



Mike Weisman
Clinton LumberKings
Assistant Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations

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