Burlington, IA - Something simply clicks for Eddie Campbell when pitching at Community Field. The left-hander - making his third start of the season at Burlington - lasted into the seventh inning, and the Clinton LumberKings (17-24, 47-62) won their fourth straight game with a 1-0 shutout of the Burlington Bees (19-22, 57-53).
Campbell (7-8), making his team-high 22nd start, stymied the Bees all night over 6.2 innings. He allowed just five hits - four singles and one double - and he didn't walk a batter in a start for the first time in 2014. He struck out just two, but recorded nine flyouts and induced an inning-ending double play in the fifth.
The southpaw, along with relievers Aaron Brooks and Emilio Pagan, needed just one run in Clinton's eighth shutout victory. And that one run came in the top of the fourth inning.
Chantz Mack, who led the LumberKings with three home runs in July, hit a missile off of Yency Almonte (2-4) over the wall in right for the only run of the game.
With Campbell dealing, that was all Clinton would need, much less than the near nine runs they were averaging over their previous four games. The 2013 15th-round pick out of Virginia Tech faced the minimum in the first, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. He left the game at 90 pitches, throwing 66 for strikes.
Brooks was called upon first with two outs in the seventh and a runner at third base. It took the right-hander just three curveballs to strike out Ryan Dalton, keeping Campbell in line for the win.
Both Clinton and Burlington went 1-2-3 in the eighth inning, setting up the save situation for Pagan in the ninth. After Jeff Zimmerman ended the top of the ninth bouncing into a 1-6-3 double play, Pagan picked up his 13th save by striking out the side in the bottom half. The 23-year-old walked Mike Fish on a 3-2 pitch but struck out Stephen McGee on a 3-2 offering, giving the LumberKings their fourth straight series win on the road.
Almonte yielded just one run on five hits and three walks over 6.2 innings, his longest outing of the season for Burlington. He struck out three and caught Luis Caballero looking two times.
The LumberKings out-hit the Bees 6-5, with six players each recording one hit. Justin Seager's two-out single in the sixth inning pushed his hitting streak to six games. He's hitting .385 (10-26) during that stretch.
Both teams went hitless with runners in scoring position - Clinton 0-for-4 and Burlington 0-for-7.
Campbell is now 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA against Burlington in three starts at Community Field.
A win tomorrow by the LumberKings would give them the season series over Burlington. Clinton is currently 9-5 against the Bees with five games remaining.
The series finale Sunday is set for a 2:00 PM CT first pitch. Clinton, seeking their third sweep of the season, will send right-hander Edwin Diaz (3-7, 3.92) to the mound against Burlington right-hander Daniel Hurtado (1-1, 2.17). The broadcast can be heard on WCCI 100.3 FM, wcciradio.com, and lumberkings.com.