BURLINGTON, IA (August 23, 2017) - Steven Ridings threw a career-high 7.2 innings for the Clinton LumberKings in a 1-0 win over the Burlington Bees on Wednesday night at Community Field. Nick Zammarelli III and Joe Rizzo each registered their 100th hits of the season in the LumberKings (27-32, 58-68)
BURLINGTON, IA (August 23, 2017) - Steven Ridings threw a career-high 7.2 innings for the Clinton LumberKings in a 1-0 win over the Burlington Bees on Wednesday night at Community Field. Nick Zammarelli III and Joe Rizzo each registered their 100th hits of the season in the LumberKings (27-32, 58-68) second shutout win of the season over Burlington (25-34, 56-72).
Clinton led throughout the game scoring the game's only run in the top of the first inning. Elvis Rodriguez made his season debut for the Bees and pitched himself into trouble during the opening frame of the game. Joe Rizzo reached with one out on an error and moved to second on a Yojhan Quevedo single. Nick Zammarelli then punched an RBI single to left to score Rizzo and register his 100th hit of the season.
Rodriguez (0-1) then settle down to work five innings for Burlington, but would be hung with the loss for allowing an unearned run on seven hits while walking none and striking out six.
Steven Ridings took the 1-0 lead he was given in the first and made it hold up over his strongest start of his professional career. The Bees tallied just four hits off Ridings who surrendered more than one hit in an inning just once. Ridings walked one and struck out seven and was awarded his first win as a LumberKing.
In the top of the third inning, Rizzo lined a single to right that went for his 100th hit of the season. Rizzo, with the hit, joined teammates Zammarelli and Bryson Brigman as the only LumberKings thus far this season to record 100 hits.
Wyatt Mills relieved Ridings in the eighth inning and earned his fourth save of the season for a 1.1 inning outing.
The win gives the LumberKings the series win and is their third straight. Clinton has now won four of their last five games.
The LumberKings will conclude their road trip with the third and final game with the Burlington Bees on Thursday night. Left-handed pitcher Nick Wells (5-9, 6.44) will take the ball for Clinton and face Burlington's right-handed pitcher Andrew Vinson (9-9, 4.43). Game time is slated for 6:30 PM (C.D.T.) with the pregame show on 100.3 FM WCCI beginning at 6:15 PM, Erik Oas will be on the call.
The LumberKings will return home to Clinton for the final home stand of the season on Friday, August 25. Clinton will host the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from August 25 through August 28 before taking Tuesday, the 29th, off and beginning the final home series of the year with the Kane County Cougars August 30th through September 1st. Saturday, August 26 will be the final "Stay Late Saturday" of the season, with Cal Stage Band performing a special post-game concert. Stay after the game on September 1st as we thank the fans after the final home game of the year with a post-game fireworks spectacular presented by WQAD-TV. To reserve your seats call (563) 242-0727 or visit www.lumberkings.com
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, 272 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