BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — There’s nothing like jumping on a team when it’s down, and the Clinton LumberKings did just that Friday night.
For the second night in a row, the LumberKings used a five-run inning to take a victory at Bowling Green Ballpark, this time by a 7-1 score. The win got the LumberKings back to .500 (7-7) on the season and clinched the series from the Bowling Green Hot Rods. It was the 12th consecutive loss for the Hot Rods.
A five-run sixth inning in Thursday night’s game took Clinton from a deficit to the lead for good, while a five-run first inning Friday night put the LumberKings ahead before starter Jake Zokan had to throw a pitch. Hot Rods starter Chris Kirsch (0-3) came in off an outing in which he allowed six runs on nine hits, and matched that line in the loss to the LumberKings.
The five-run first saw the Clinton pound out five hits, including three doubles, one each by Marcus Littlewood, Joe DeCarlo, and Justin Seager.
Arby Fields opened the game with an infield single and went to third when Littlewood doubled to right field. Fields scored on Jack Reinheimer’s groundout, then Tyler O’Neill followed with another groundout.
But Kirsch was unable to get out of the inning before things blew up on him.
He hit Austin Wilson with a pitch, then DeCarlo doubled in two runs and Seager drove DeCarlo in with a double. Seager scored when Martin Peguero followed with a single to right field, and the LumberKings were sitting on the 5-0 lead.
Clinton added one more in the second as Littlewood picked up his first home run of 2014. He went 2-for-5 to push his average to .385.
The big first inning proved to be more than enough for Zokan (1-0) to pick up his first Midwest League victory. The left-hander cruised through five innings, as he scattered five hits and allowed only one run. Zokan has allowed no more than two runs in each of his first three A-ball starts.