CLINTON – Zach Shank hit a two-run single in the fourth inning as one of three hits on Wednesday night, but Quad Cities got a big shot from their big man in a 4-3 12-inning affair on Wednesday night.
Quad Cities tied the game in the eighth inning when Brett Booth hit a double that nearly left the ballpark. Pinch runner James Ramsay came in to score, but Ronnie Mitchell was thrown out on a 7-3-2 play.
Brett Phillips then hit an RBI single in the 12th that brought in Marc Wik to put the River Bandits ahead for good.
“Tough to lose a game where we had so many chances,” said Scott Steinmann, the LumberKings manager. “We struck out quite a bit there with runners in scoring position and left a lot of guys stranded.”
The LumberKings, in fact, were 3-for-14 on Wednesday after going 0-for-6 with RISP on Tuesday. Clinton left 12 men on base.
Shank was the lead-off hitter for the LumberKings (3-3, 33-41) as he entered Wednesday’s game with a .290 batting average, and the fifth time Shank has had at least three hits in a game.
Aaron Barbosa put the LumberKings on the board first when he hit an RBI single in the second inning that scored Lonnie Kauppila to make the score 1-0.
Right-handed pitcher Luis Flores allowed five hits on two earned runs while striking out six and walking two.
The runs came off of a home run off the bat of Chase McDonald, who left the farm in the sixth inning with a 410 foot shot over the right centerfield wall.
Justin Seager hit a double at the top of the left field wall with one out in the eighth. The next batter, Martin Peguero, hit a sharp single to left field that forced Seager to freeze at third base.
The next two hitters struck out and grounded out to first base.
Clinton appeared to have something going in the 12th inning when Jack Reinheimer and Chantz Mack got on base, but the game ended with two strikeouts.