DAVENPORT, IA (July 7, 2017) - The Clinton LumberKings failed to string hits together in a 6-2 loss to the Quad Cities River Bandits on Friday night at Modern Woodmen Park. Ronnie Dawson paced the offense for Quad Cities (12-4, 49-38) with two home runs in a 3-for-3 night at the plate that included a walk, two runs scored, and two RBI.
Ljay Newsome, who was activated from the disabled list just before the game, started for Clinton and lasted just three innings. The righty took the loss to stretch his season long losing streak to seven games. In a brief three inning start, Newsome (4-8) allowed a run to score in each of his innings out.
In Newosme's last inning of work he allowed the first of two home runs to Dawson a solo home run to center that was estimated to have traveled 429 feet.
Leading 3-0, the River Bandits spotted their starting pitcher Abdiel Saldana enough run support for the righty to earn the win. Saldana (5-1) threw five shutout innings and held the LumberKings to three hits and one walk while striking out six.
Quad Cities continued to add on once Newsome was taken out of the game scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth inning, another Dawson home run, and then tacking on two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
The LumberKings finally got on the board in the seventh inning on a Jhombeyker Morales RBI single. In the top of the ninth inning Nick Zammarelli smashed one out triple to straight away enter field and scored on a Morales RBI ground out.
Morales drove home both of the LumberKings runs and Zammarelli was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.
The LumberKings will play game two of their four-game series with the Quad Cities River Bandits on Saturday night. Left-handed pitcher Danny Garcia (5-5, 5.79) will take the ball for Clinton and face Quad Cities right-handed pitcher Cesar Rosado (1-0, 2.08). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM (CDT) with the pregame show beginning at 6:20 PM (CDT) on 100.3 FM WCCI, Erik Oas is on the call.
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, 270 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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