CLINTON, IA (April 11, 2017) - The Clinton LumberKings made it two in a row against the Beloit Snappers with a 5-3 win Tuesday night at Ashford University Field. Bryson Brigman delivered much of the offense for Clinton (2-4) with a 3-for-4 night at the plate, driving home three runs with a triple and a run scored.
The LumberKings broke out with early offense against Beloit's (2-3) starter Ty Damron. Clinton put two runs on the board in the first with three consecutive hits off Damron (0-1). Luis Rengifo, who went 3-for-4, started the rally with a single to right and was chased home two pitches later for the first run of the game on a Bryson Brigman triple to right. Conner Hale followed the three-bagger with an RBI single to center for an early 2-0 LumberKings lead.
Ljay Newsome made his home debut with Clinton and pitched well in a five-inning outing. The righty walked no batters and struck out a season-high seven Snappers. The only hiccup for Newsome (1-1) came in the second inning when Miguel Mercedes launched a leadoff solo home run to left center field to put Beloit on the board and make it a 2-1 game.
In the bottom of the second, Clinton answered back with another run off Damron. Following a one out Anthony Jimenez walk, Rengifo and Brigman drove singles to right that platted Jimenez for the third run of the game and 3-1 LumberKings lead.
Two innings later, in the fourth, the LumberKings added two more runs. Yojhan Quevedo and Jimenez reached with singles and were followed by a Rengifo double to right center. Quevedo scored easily, but Jimenez was caught in a run down after Rengifo rounded second and headed to third on the play. When the dust had settled Jimenez was tagged out between third and home and Rengifo advanced to third during the run down. Brigman capped the rally with a single, his third hit and RBI of the night.
The LumberKinsg who did not have anyone strikeout in the first four innings then ran into Snappers reliever Brendan Butler. Butler procced to go the rest of the way, pitching 4 and 1/3 innings of relief, striking out nine, walking none, and allowing no hits.
In LumberKings reliever Kyle Wilcox's first inning of work Beloit pulled to within two when Edwin Diaz crushed a two-run home run to left for the Snappers second home run of the game. The two-run shot was set up by a strikeout of leadoff man Trace Loehr who reached on a wild pitch when catcher Quevedo could not complete the strikeout with a throw to first.
All three of Beloit's runs came by way of the home run.
Wilcox and Marvin Gorgas combined to pitch the rest of the way without allowing a run. Gorgas earned the save, his first of the year, with two innings of work and three strikeouts.
The LumberKings wrap up their three-game set with the Snappers. LHP Danny Garcia (0-1, 0.00) will get the start for Clinton and face Beloit's RHP Dakota Chalmers (0-0, 6.75). First pitch is slated for 6:30 PM with the pregame show on 100.3 FM WCCI beginning at 6:15 PM Erik Oas will be on the call. Wednesday will be the wing Wednesday of the year with 50 wings all game long.
About the LumberKings
The LumberKings, the only remaining Charter Member of the Midwest League, are playing their 62nd season in Clinton and their ninth as an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Since the club's inception in 1937, 268 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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