PEORIA, IL (August 18, 2017) - 13 strikeouts and timely hitting by the Peoria Chiefs were enough to drop the Clinton LumberKings 2-1 on Friday night at Dozer Park. Gareth Morgan homered in his second straight game for Clinton (23-31, 54-67) but would be the only run the LumberKings could muster.
Anthony Shew started for Peoria (29-25, 59-64) and dominated over his 7.1 inning start. Shew (2-0) picked up his second win of the season against the LumberKings and set a new professional career-high for strikeouts in a single game with 11.
The Lumberkings tallied just one run on the night when Morgan lifted a solo home run just over the wall in left center field that briefly tied the game at one. The home run was Morgan's 14th of the season, the most on the team.
The Chiefs scored the game's first run against LumberKings starter Steven Ridings in the bottom of the second inning. The run was unearned and the only tally that Ridings allowed in a 5.2 inning outing.
Wyatt Mills followed Ridings out of the bullpen. In the bottom of the sixth inning, he struck out the first man he faced to strand a Chief runner at second.
Mills (0-1) then allowed the game's deciding run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Dylan Carlson lined an RBI double into the right field corner to score Juan Yepez for what proved to be the game's deciding run.
Leland Tilley defended the lead for Peoria with 1.2 innings of work. Tilley earned his first save of the season for his time out.
The LumberKings will play game two of their four-game series with the Peoria Chiefs on Saturday night. Left-handed pitcher Nick Wells (5-9, 6.14) will take the ball for Clinton and face the Chiefs left-handed pitcher Ian Oaxnevad (3-10, 4.22). Game time is slated for 6:30 PM (C.D.T.) with the pregame show on 100.3 FM WCCI beginning at 6:15 PM, Erik Oas will be on the call.
The LumberKings will return home to Clinton for the final home stand of the season on Friday, August 25. Clinton will host the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from August 25 through August 28 before taking Tuesday, the 29th, off and beginning the final home series of the year with the Kane County Cougars August 30th through September 1st. Saturday, August 26 will be the final "Stay Late Saturday" of the season, with Cal Stage Band performing a special post-game concert. Stay after the game on September 1st as we thank the fans after the final home game of the year with a post-game fireworks spectacular presented by WQUAD-TV. To reserve your seats call (563) 242-0727 or visit www.lumberkings.com
About the LumberKings
The LumberKings, the only remaining Charter Member of the Midwest League, are playing their 62nd season in the league and their ninth as an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Since the club's inception in 1937, 272 former Clinton players have made it to the Major Leagues. The LumberKings play at historic Ashford University Field located off 6th Avenue North at 537 Ballpark Drive. Tickets to all 70 home games are available by calling (563) 242-0727 or by visiting lumberkings.com
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