Clinton, IA - For the third time in the past seven days, the Clinton LumberKings (20-25, 50-63) scored double-digit runs in route to a victory. Wednesday night at Ashford University Field, the hometown team hit a season high four home runs to secure a win in the series finale vs. the Beloit Snappers (15-29, 45-70). Tyler O'Neill, Jack Reinheimer, Justin Seager, and Austin Wilson each cleared the outfield wall in the win.
A night after just their third walk-off win of the season thanks to a pair of home runs by O'Neill, the 19-year-old did it again in the first inning of the finale. In just his second game off of the disabled list, O'Neill put one over the wall in left field off of Beloit starter Kyle Finnegan (6-8). His three-run home run gave Clinton an early 3-0 lead, though Beloit answered with three runs in the next half inning, which included a home run by Luis Baez.
Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the second, Clinton's second home run of the night put them ahead for good. Seager closed out the scoring off of Finnegan with his third home run of the season, a two run blast that plated Joe DeCarlo. In his first game off of the disabled list, DeCarlo went 1-4 and scored a pair of runs.
Though Clinton starter Seon Gi Kim (1-2) surrendered three runs in the second, he was brilliant from that point forward. The righty matched his career high with 6.2 innings, as he struck out five and walked just two in his first victory with Clinton this season. Kim walked BJ Boyd to begin the seventh, and the DH scored the final Beloit run of the game. Rafael Pineda retired the final man in the seventh, and allowed only one man to reach over the final two innings.
Two solo home runs in the fifth inning off of righty Joseph Michaud provided insurance for the LumberKings. Reinheimer began the inning with his second HR of the season, while Austin Wilson made it 7-3 with his team leading 12th of the year. It was Wilson's first day off of the disabled list as well, and the Stanford graduate went 2-4 with a double in addition to his home run.
In the win, eight of the nine Clinton starters had a hit, while six had two. The home run by Seager and O'Neill extended each of their hit streaks to 10, while Chantz Mack's single in the first lengthened his hit streak to nine, and Marcus Littlewood's fifth inning hit increased his season high streak with a hit to 13. Seager and O'Neill each had four RBI's for the first time this season, while the LumberKings won their first home series since a sweep of Burlington in mid-May.
Those same Burlington Bees come into Clinton Thursday to begin a four game series at Ashford University Field. Carlos Misell (8-9, 4.30) and Yency Almonte (2-4, 4.38) are scheduled to start the series opener. First pitch is set for 6:30 CT. The LumberKings broadcast can be heard on WCCI 100.3 FM, WCCIRadio.com, and LumberKings.com.