Davenport, IA - In his second Midwest League start, Luiz Gohara (1-0) dominated from the get go, notching six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits in the process. The LumberKings used an Alex Jackson solo home run and a two run rally in the fifth to vault them to a 3-0 lead they would not relinquish. Clinton (52-35, 13-4) would defeat Quad Cities (40-46, 9-8) by that final, recording their 12th shutout of the year.
The LumberKings had an opportunity to get on the board against Albert Abreu in the first, as Rayder Ascanio walked with one out. After Dalton Kelly struck out, Alex Jackson then smacked a ball down the third base line into the left field corner, going for a two out double and moving Ascanio to third. Conner Hale couldn't get Ascanio home, as he grounded out to third to end the inning.
Clinton would strike first in the fourth as Alex Jackson led off the inning. Jackson got an outside fastball from Albert Abreu (2-7) and didn't miss, launching it over the right field wall and into the Mississippi River for his eighth home run of the year. The blast gave the LumberKings the one run edge, but they wouldn't be finished against Abreu.
In the fifth, Luis Liberato singled with one out, and with Rayder Ascanio up, LumberKings manager Mitch Canham put on the hit and run, and it paid off, as Ascanio torched the ball to the right field wall, scoring Liberato from first to extend the lead to 2-0. Dalton Kelly stepped in next, and again, Canham put on the hit and run. Like it did in the previous at bat, it paid off, as Kelly lined the ball to center for a single, scoring Ascanio and making it 3-0.
Gohara meanwhile was efficient in his six innings, as in the first inning he allowed a leadoff single to Myles Straw, but faced the minimum in the inning as he picked off Straw at first. He allowed the second River Bandits hit to Straw in the third with two outs, but got Osvaldo Duarte to ground out to short to end the inning. He didn't allow another base runner until the sixth to Duarte, but then picked him off first to end the inning.
Quad Cities did threaten in the bottom of the ninth against Spencer Herrmann, as they loaded the bases on a dropped third strike, a single, and a walk. With two on and nobody out, Dexture McCall hit a high fly to left that in many ballparks would've been gone, but it died at the track and landed in Gus Craig's glove. Herrmann struck out Hector Roa with the bases loaded to end the game and preserve the shutout.
The LumberKings get back at it tomorrow at 5:15 in Davenport as they send Pablo Lopez (4-0, 1.64) to the hill against the River Bandits' Elieser Hernandez (4-2, 2.28). The game broadcast will be internet only tomorrow and can be heard at www.lumberkings.com beginning at 5 PM with the Iowa Pork Producers Pregame Show.
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