BURLINGTON, IA (April 14, 2017) - The Clinton LumberKings four game winning streak was snapped in a 4-3 walk-off loss to the Burlington Bees Friday night at Community Field. Roberto Baldoquin slugged his first home run of the year in the bottom of the ninth to give the Bees (4-4) the win.
The LumberKings (4-5) spotted Burlington a three-run lead in the bottom of the first inning. Clinton starter Tim Viehoff ran into trouble when the second batter of the inning Brannon Lund singled and the next four batters reached safely. Jack Kruger followed with a walk and then Jordan Zimmerman looked to have bounced out to third for an inning ending double play. Luis Rengifo went to third for the force out and then threw wildly to first over the head of first basemen Kristian Brito. The ball went into right field and Kruger scored all the way from first. Troy Montgomery drove home the second run of the inning with a triple and was followed four pitches later by a Brennon Morgan RBI single that capped the rally.
Trailing 3-0, the LumberKings began to chip away in the third inning. With two out, Clinton rattled off three straight singles from Johmbeyker Morales, Luis Rengifo, and Bryson Brigman to push a run across and make it 3-1.
In the top of the fifth, the LumberKings pulled to within one. Conner Hale doubled to center and, two batters later, scored on a Rengifo single to right. Rengifo went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Trailing by one in the top of the eighth the LumberKings completed the comeback when they tied the game on a Bryson Brigman sacrifice fly to center, his second RBI of the game. Morales started the rally with a leadoff double and went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored on the night.
Following the rocky first inning, LumberKings pitching settled down to shutout the Bees for the next seven innings. Reliever Michael Koval navigated a bases-loaded one out jam in the sixth and gave the ball to Steven Moyers in the eighth.
Moyers (0-1) pitched himself right into trouble in the eighth. A leadoff Kruger double and Jordan Zimmerman walked put no men on with nobody out. Moyers side stepped the danger by striking out the next three batters looking.
Mike Kaelin, who gave up the tying run in the eighth stayed on for Burlington and worked a 1-2-3 top of the ninth. The run Kaelin (1-0) allowed in the eighth led to his first blown save of the season, but was given the win following his work in the ninth.
Moyers came back out for the ninth and got the first man to pop out to second. Baldoquin followed and launched a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left for the game winner, just his second hit of the season.
The LumberKings wrap up the three-game series with Burlington tomorrow. LHP Nick Wells (0-0, 1.59) will get the start for Clinton and face Burlington's RHP Joe Gatto (1-0, 1.80). First pitch is slated for 5:00 PM with the pregame show lumberkings.com 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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