BURLINGTON, IA (April 13, 2017) - Early offense continued to be the theme for the Clinton LumberKings as they ran their winning streak to four games with a 9-0 win over the Burlington Bees Thursday night at Community Field. Clinton (4-4) put up seven runs in the first two innings, scoring four in the first and adding three more runs in the second inning.
Bryson Brigman continued to be the spark plug at the top of the LumberKings lineup. He singled with one out in the first inning that started a string of five straight Clinton batters to hit safely in the inning. Conner Hale drove home the first runs of the rally with a two-RBI single up the middle and was followed two pitches later by a Luis Liberato RBI double to left center field. Yohjan Quevedo drove home the final run of the rally on a ground out to short.
The LumberKings wasted no time in adding to their lead against Bees (3-4) starter Sam Pastrone. Clinton jumped right back on Pastrone (0-2) with three more runs in the second inning. Two walks, an error, a wild pitch, a balk, and a Dimas Ojeda RBI double brought home two more runs for Clinton and an early 7-0 lead. Ojeda went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI, and a double.
Brandon Miller did not need much run support in the strongest start of the year by a LumberKings pitcher. He became the first Clinton pitcher this season to turn in a quality start with six shut out innings of work, six strikeouts, and one walk. Miller (1-1) scattered the three hits he allowed, which were all singles.
In the top of the eighth, the LumberKings added to their lead when Liberato tripled to open up the frame, his second extra-base hit of the night, and scored when Quevedo drove home his second run of the night with a ground out to short. Gareth Morgan kept the offense going with a double to right and scored on two consecutive wild pitches from Burlington reliever Greyfer Eregua.
Ronald Dominguez shutout the Bees the rest of the way not allowing a hit in three innings of relief work.
The LumberKings play game two of their three-game series with Burlington tomorrow. LHP Tim Viehoff (0-0, 0.00) will get the start for Clinton and face Burlington's RHP Jesus Castillo (0-1, 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.
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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