Davenport, IA - The Clinton LumberKings (10-13) and Quad Cities River Bandits (11-13) split a doubleheader at Modern Woodmen Park Wednesday night. The LumberKings took the first of the seven inning games 6-3, while the River Bandits walked off with a 9-8 come from behind victory in the second game.
The LumberKings snapped a season high five game losing streak with the victory in game one, as lefties Eddie Campbell and Kent Emanuel dueled through the first three innings. Clinton jumped on the board first, as Jeff Zimmerman hit his first home run of the season on the first pitch of the third from Emanuel (0-2). The former UNC Tarheel pitched only three innings, as Albert Minnis replaced him to begin the fourth, and proceeded to allow two runs in the frame, and another three runs in the fifth.
Eddie Campbell didn't factor in the decision, as he failed to record an out in the fourth inning. Campbell struck out five and walked a career high six before he was replaced by newly called up righty Aaron Brooks (1-0) who picked up the victory in his first LumberKings outing. Campbell walked the first three batters in the fifth, and all three runners Brooks inherited scored, as Campbell was charged with all three runs. Brooks pitched a scoreless sixth, while Emilio Pagan converted his fifth save in five chances with a clean seventh inning.
Things then started out well for the LumberKings in the second half of the twin bill. After Zach Shank and Jack Reinheimer reached safely in the first inning, Austin Wilson made it 2-0 with a two RBI single, one of four hits in the DH for the Stanford Cardinal. The lead was short lived, as Clinton spot-starter Tommy Burns allowed a run in both the first and second innings to tie the game at two.
Clinton took the lead back in the third, as Wilson's first triple of 2014 plated Corey Simpson and made it 3-2. Three more crossed the plate for the LumberKings in the fourth, all with two outs, as Clinton knocked out Quad Cities starter Jandel Gustave. Gustave allowed six runs (four earned) and left on the hook for the loss. Clinton made it 7-3 in the fifth, as Burt Reynolds hit his second home run of the season, currently one more than his cousin Robinson Cano has with the Mariners.
Lefty Blake Holovach replaced Burns with two outs in the fourth and escaped a jam that Burns left. Holovach was not so fortunate in the fifth. Five of the six batters the lefty faced in the inning reached successfully before LumberKings manager Scott Steinmann went to Leoncio Munoz. Munoz allowed a pinch-hit, two RBI single to Tyler White that tied the game 7-7. Two batters later, with the bases loaded and one out, Brett Phillips flied out to Reynolds in CF, but the LumberKings outfielder misplayed the ball and was charged with an error that allowed Jon Kemmer to score the go-ahead run.
Three outs away from victory, River Bandits manager Omar Lopez went to his pen again, this time for righty Andrew Walter. Austin Wilson greeted Walter with a game tying home run to left, his second of the season. Walter was charged with a blown save, though he worked out of a jam to keep the game tied.
Steinmann elected to go with recently called up Thyago Vieira for the bottom of the seventh inning, his debut with Clinton. Vieira allowed a leadoff single to Kemmer. He stole second with Thomas Lindauer at the plate, and moved to third when Lindauer singled passed Joe DeCarlo. With Kemmer at third, Brett Phillips flied out to Reynolds in deep centerfield, which scored Kemmer to give the River Bandits a walk-off victory.
After managing only 39 hits over the previous six game homestand, the LumberKings picked up 19 hits in the doubleheader, including four doubles, one triple, and three home runs. Austin Wilson went 4-7 with four RBI's and hit for the cycle over the two games as he raised his batting average 24 points in just seven at-bats.
Clinton and Quad Cities are set to go at it in another doubleheader Thursday night at Modern Woodmen Park. Game one is set for 6:00 CT, with game two set for 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one. The broadcast of both games can be heard on WCCI 100.3 FM, and online at LumberKings.com and WCCIRadio.com.