CLINTON, IA (July 16, 2017) - Two home runs from the Bowling Green Hot Rods in the fourth inning were enough to drop the Clinton LumberKings, 5-0, on Sunday afternoon at Ashford University Field. For just the fourth time this season the LumberKings (9-15, 40-51) failed score a run at home and were shutout for the seventh time this year.
Nick Wells returned to the LumberKings starting rotation after spending two weeks on the disabled list and threw the ball well in his return. He allowed the game's first run to score in the top of the second inning when Eleardo Cabrera singled home Robbie Tenerowicz with two out in the inning.
Wells (3-7) was hung with the loss in a 4.1 inning outing in which he allowed three runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two.
The Hot Rods (15-9, 46-45) broke out for a four-run top of the fifth that effectively put the game out of reach. Wells allowed a one out single to Josh Lowe and then surrendered a two-run homer to Garret Whitley that knocked Wells from the game. Steven Moyers replaced Wells and, after retiring the first batter he faced, allowed a single to Jonah Heim and then two run homer to Mike Brosseau that ended the scoring for both teams.
Clinton failed to muster many threats against Hot Rods pitching. Adrian Navas threw seven shutout innings for Bowling Green to earn his seventh win of the season. The bottom of the first inning was the only inning in the game in which the LumberKings strung two hits together in the same frame.
Navas (7-8) struck out seven over his seven innings while walking one and scattering four hits. Peter Bayer replaced him and preserved the shutout over his two innings of relief.
The LumberKings loaded the bases against Bayer in the eighth with only one out but failed to score when Ryan Scott and Gareth Morgan struck out swing to end the threat.
In the bottom of the ninth, two more LumberKings reached against Bayer who navigated the jam with a double play ball and fly out. The loss will set up a rubber game on Monday morning which close out the six-game home stand.
The LumberKings conclude their three-game series with the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Monday afternoon. Right-handed pitcher Robert Dugger (4-1, 2.22) will take the ball for Clinton and face Bowling Green's right-handed pitcher Willy Oritz (4-1, 3.83). First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 AM (CDT) with the pregame show beginning at 10:45 AM (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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