Davenport, IA - Officially out of the playoff race, the Clinton LumberKings (28-37, 58-75) did not fare well in their first game as a potential spoiler. Clinton managed just three hits and committed three errors in an 11-2 loss to the Quad Cities River Bandits (32-33, 67-67). The victory for Quad Cities combined with a loss by Wisconsin left the River Bandits just two games behind the Timber Rattlers for the second half wild card.
After Clinton fell behind with two runs in the second inning in each of Tuesday's matchups with Peoria, they fell behind early in the opener at Modern Woodmen Park. Carlos Misell (8-11), who labored through five innings, had sporadic defense behind him in the first inning. After an infield single by Marc Wik that began the inning, Jose Fernandez grounded to Clinton third baseman Joe DeCarlo. But the former second round pick's throw went over the head of first baseman Jeff Zimmerman, as Wik scored the games opening run. Fernandez moved to third base on a wild pitch, and the throw by catcher Christian Carmichael in an attempt to get him went into left field, as the second error of the inning led to a second unearned run.
Down 2-0 after one inning, the LumberKings responded with a single run in the second and third. Jeff Zimmerman led off the second with his team high 21st double, and Clinton later loaded the bases on a walk and a single. With the bases loaded, Wilton Martinez grounded out to first baseman Chase McDonald, who had only a play at second, as Martinez recorded his fourth RBI of the season. Spotty defense in the third inning by Quad Cities led to the game tying run. After a single by Aaron Barbosa, Brett Thomas reached on an error by McDonald. Barbosa stole third as Tyler O'Neill struck out, and Brian Holberton's throw in attempt to catch the outfielder stealing went into left field, as Clinton tied it 2-2 after 2.5.
With the game tied, things quickly fell out from underneath the LumberKings. Misell issued a leadoff walk in the third, one of five leadoff walks surrendered by LumberKings pitching. After Wik singled, the second of his three hits, Fernandez doubled just out of the reach of Zimmerman at first base, as two runs scored. J.D. Davis, who later homered, drove home the third run of the inning, while Ryan Bottger's sacrifice fly put the River Bandits on top 6-2.
Barbosa's single to begin the third for Clinton proved to be their final hit, as Kevin Comer (2-5), Jordan Mills, and Frederick Tiburcio combined for the six final innings, all in no-hit fashion. Comer struck out a season high 10 men over six innings, as the righty allowed just two hits in the win. The LumberKings have just seven hits over their past 16 innings.
In relief of Misell, who allowed seven runs, five earned, over five innings in the loss, Cruz Pereira fared little better. The lefty walked Lindauer to begin the seventh, and later gave up the home run to Davis, his fifth of the season. The third baseman reached base three times and tallied four RBI's in the game.
The LumberKings had just one man reach second base in the final six innings, and only three total base runners after the third inning. Joe DeCarlo walked three times in the loss, while Barbosa, Zimmerman, and Martinez recorded the only hits. Wik (3-4) and Davis (2-3) were the only starters for either side with multiple hits, while Wik also scored a game high three runs.
Game two of the series is scheduled for Thursday night at Modern Woodmen Park. Edwin Diaz (5-8, 3.48) is scheduled to make his fourth start of the season vs. Quad Cities, while Adrian Houser (5-5, 4.30) is set for his second start vs. Clinton. First pitch in Davenport is set for 7:00. The LumberKings broadcast can be heard on WCCI 100.3 FM, WCCIRadio.com, and LumberKings.com.