BURLINGTON, IA (September 4, 2017) - The 2017 Clinton LumberKings season came to end Monday afternoon with a 1-0 win over the Burlington Bees at Community Field. The LumberKings (33-36, 64-72) ended the season by taking two of three from the Bees (28-41, 59-79).
The season final was the quickest contest of the year. The game coming to an end in a timely one hour and 47 minutes. The only run of the game came across in the top of the first inning and then settled into a pitcher's duel.
Gareth Morgan singled off Bees starter Andrew Vinson to start the game and quickly moved to third on a stolen base and throwing error by Bees catcher Julian Leon. Nick Zammarelli singled in Morgan for the only run of the game.
Vinson (9-11) took the loss for the Bees but turned in a strong five-inning outing in which he allowed just the one run on four hits while striking out one and walking none.
The Bees, who outhit the LumberKings 7-6, failed to string hits together off a combination of three LumberKings pitchers. Just once, in the bottom of the eighth inning, did the Bees get more than one man to reach base in the same frame.
Nick Wells earned the win for Clinton with six shutout innings of work. Wells (6-10) held the Bees to four hits while walking one and striking out one.
Michael Koval continued the LumberKings shutout with two innings of relief and received his fifth hold of the year.
Seth Elledge then set down the Bees 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth to earn his fifth save of the season.
The shutout win for the LumberKings was their third against Burlington this season and their fifth of the year.
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, 273 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. Advertising and tickets for the 2018 season are available by calling (563) 242-0727 or by visiting lumberkings.com
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