Clinton, IA - After a single run snapped a 22-inning scoreless drought Sunday afternoon, the offense for the Clinton LumberKings (13-23, 43-61) continued to be an issue, as the visiting South Bend Silver Hawks (22-14, 62-43) shutout the hometown team for the second time in three days. Clinton starter Eddie Campbell pitched just two innings, and South Bend used a five run third inning off of reliever Tyler Herb to break the game open.
For the fifth consecutive game, an opposing right-handed starter was brilliant against the LumberKings. Brent Jones (2-1), in his third start of the season with South Bend, allowed only four hits over 5.2 innings of shutout baseball. Over Clinton's five game losing streak, visiting starting pitchers have allowed just one run over 29 innings.
Clinton starter Eddie Campbell (6-8) recorded just six outs, as he allowed a pair of runs in the loss. The lefty gave up three consecutive singles to begin the game, the third of which, a base hit by Daniel Palka, the league leader in RBI's, opened the scoring. Though that proved to be the difference, the offense for the Silver Hawks kept pounding away.
Herb relieved Campbell to begin the third, but after he retired Marty Herum to begin the inning, the righty allowed the next six men to reach successfully. Jamie Westbrook made it 3-0 with his second home run of the series and sixth of the season. Following a Michael Perez triple and Grant Nelson walk, Fidel Pena grounded to Justin Seager, but Clinton's third baseman threw it past Marcus Littlewood at the plate, as a run scored. Two batters later, Andrew Velazquez capped off the inning with a two-RBI single, as South Bend led 7-0 after three innings.
The LumberKings offense had chances scattered throughout the ballgame to snap the shutout, but came up short on each occasion. Littlewood popped up with men on first and second in the opening inning. Isaiah Yates and Brett Thomas flied out with two on in the fourth. Clinton then left them loaded in the seventh, left men on second and third in the eighth, and men on the corners in the ninth.
The South Bend bullpen was nearly as good as Jones, as Alex Byo and Adam Miller allowed only three hits over the final 3.1 innings. Clinton's bullpen trio of Herb, Paul Fry, and Emilio Pagan allowed seven runs on eight hits over seven innings. All five runs in the third were charged to Herb, while both Fry and Pagan gave up a single run in relief. Pagan's 3.1 innings set a new career high, as he recorded the final 10 outs.
Brett Thomas had multiple hits for the third time in four games, while Aaron Barbosa recorded his first multi-hit game since the finale in Lansing on July 21st. The LumberKings left 14 men on base, as they tied the mark set on April 12th. Clinton went 0-8 with RISP, while South Bend went just 4-16. Eight of the nine Silver Hawks starters had at least one hit, while four had two. South Bend outscored the LumberKings 15-1 in the series, and Clinton has just two runs in the past 47 innings.
The LumberKings will turn the page and start a series in Quad Cities vs. the River Bandits Tuesday night. Clinton needs a victory to avoid a season high sixth consecutive loss, as Edwin Diaz (3-6, 3.68) gets the start in the opener. First pitch at Modern Woodmen Park is set for 7:00 CT. The LumberKings radio broadcast can be heard on WCCI 100.3 FM, WCCIRadio.com, and LumberKings.com.
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