Clinton, IA (July 13, 2018) - Ariel Sandoval's 11th home run of the season was enough for the Clinton LumberKings to end the longest losing streak of the season in a 1-0 win over the Great Lakes Loons on Friday night at Ashford University Field. The game featured two delays totaling two hours and 19 minutes of stoppage and four LumberKings (10-11, 49-42) pitchers combined to earn their sixth shutout win of the season.
The game started 46 minutes after the scheduled start time due to rain and began with Ryne Inman taking the ball for Clinton. Inman worked just two innings before the second delay of the night, one hour and 30 minutes, forced him from the game.
Tyler Jackson followed Inman out of the bullpen and continued to keep the Loons (5-17, 29-61) out of the run column with four shutout innings of relief. For his time Jackson (1-0) earned his first win of the season while allowing four hits and striking out three.
Kyle Wilcox contributed two shutout innings of relief while striking out five Loons during his time out and earned his first hold of the season.
Sam Delaplane earned his team leading sixth save of the season with a drama free 1-2-3 ninth inning ending a losing streak that had reached eight games.
Ariel Sandoval represented all of the offense and the only extra base hit for the LumberKings of the series. He launched his 11th home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth off Great Lakes reliever Devin Hemmerich (1-5).
The LumberKings will now welcome in the Lansing Lugnuts for a three-game series starting on Saturday night. Clinton will throw right-hander Clay Chandler (5-1, 3.56) while the Lugnuts will counter with righty Graham Spraker (0-1, 3.06) First pitch for game one is slated for 6:30 PM. Fans looking to listen to the game can hear Erik Oas on the call on 100.3 FM WCCI and online at lumberkings.com via the tune in radio ap at 6:15 PM with the pregame show.
Arrive early and stay late on Saturday for a pregame giveaway and postgame concert. The first 500 fans through the gates will receive a Casey's 50th anniversary and Mediacom T-shirt giveaway. Following the game, the Avey-Grouws band takes the stage in the beer garden for the fourth installment of the "Stay Late Concert Series."
About the LumberKings
The LumberKings, the only remaining Charter Member of the Midwest League, are in their 63rd season in the league and their 10th as an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Since the club's inception in 1937, 280 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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