Clinton, IA - With a need to win out and get a lot of help, the Clinton LumberKings (28-36, 58-74) saw their playoff chances end, as they lost the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader 7-0. A 7-5 victory over the Peoria Chiefs (31-33, 68-65) in the opening game earned the LumberKings their third consecutive series win at home. The split kept Peoria three games back of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the playoff race, each team has six games remaining.
Down 2-0 after the top of the second inning in game one, two home runs gave Clinton a 3-2 lead, a lead they did not relinquish. A leadoff home run, the fifth of the season, for Joe DeCarlo made it 2-1. Three batters later, Luis Perdomo (3-5) surrendered a two-run home run to Wilton Martinez, his first of the season. The Peoria righty allowed five runs and seven hits over 3.2 innings.
After the LumberKings scored on Christian Carmichael's RBI single in the third, Peoria answered with a run off of Seon Gi Kim (ND) in the fourth. An error on Luis Caballero allowed Steve Bean to reach successfully, and the catcher scored on C.J. McElroy's RBI single. Kim left with two outs in the frame, as Tyler Herb (2-1) retired Richy Pedroza to end the inning.
Clinton added a single run in the fourth, and two final runs on Carmichael's second two-out hit of the night in the fifth. Herb allowed a pair of runs over 2.1 innings in the victory, while Emilio Pagan (SV, 14) pitched a scoreless seventh for the save. Seven of the nine Clinton starters recorded a hit in game one, as just Aaron Barbosa and Martin Peguero failed to record a hit. The 7-5 Clinton win featured seven errors, four by Peoria, and three by the LumberKings.
In game two, Peoria yet again took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Blake Holovach (6-6) allowed a pair of runs on Ronnierd Garcia's two-RBI double in the inning. The two runs were all the Chiefs needed, as Rob Kaminsky (8-2) shut out the LumberKings through six four-hit innings. The lefty allowed just two men to reach third base in the win, and had three 1-2-3 innings.
Luis Perez homered off of Holovach to begin the third, his fourth of the season, and the Clinton starter allowed an unearned run in the fourth. Holovach departed with two outs in the fifth, as he allowed four runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings. Kevin McCoy pitched the final 1.1 innings, but the righty gave up three runs in the seventh. Two two-out singles by Wick and Garcia loaded the bases, before Pedroza tripled past Tyler O'Neill in right field. The three-RBI hit wrapped up the scoring at 7-0.
It was the 10th time Clinton has been shutout this season, and the league tying high 12th for Peoria in 2014. DeCarlo's HR in game one extended his hit streak to 14, but he failed to record a hit in game two.
With six games remaining, the LumberKings will head to Quad Cities for three games vs. the River Bandits. Quad Cities is currently tied with Peoria, three games behind Wisconsin in the wild card. Carlos Misell (8-10, 4.63) is scheduled to start for Clinton, while Kevin Comer (1-5, 4.48) will start for the River Bandits. First pitch at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport is scheduled for 7:00. The LumberKings broadcast can be heard on WCCI 100.3 FM, WCCIRadio.com, and LumberKings.com.