CLINTON — It was an unusual and busy series between the Clinton LumberKings and Kane County Cougars.

Missed plays, rain delays and roster moves were the hot topics of the weekend. After the rain-shortened game Thursday and the fear of more rain delays Friday the LumberKings got both Saturday and Sunday’s games in with no problems.

The teams split the weekend set. Saturday night’s the L-Kings dropped a 5-4 loss despite battling back in the ninth. In Sunday’s matinee Omar Poveda put his all-star loss behind him, picking up his eighth win of the season as he worked six shutout innings in an 8-1 Clinton win.

Sunday, the L-Kings’ offense got going early as they put up a crooked number in the first inning, scoring three times. Marcus Lemon started things off by driving a single to center.

Jose Vallejo’s bunt single stirred things up as third baseman Christian Vitters’ errant throw went into right field. Lemon scored and Vallejo reached third.

John Whittleman doubled to center to plate Vallejo. Chad Tracy followed with a double to left, giving the L-Kings an instant 3-0 lead.

Clinton all but put the game out of reach in the seventh when they put another three spot on the board. David Paisano started the inning with a triple.

With one out Vallejo cracked a hard ground ball to shortstop that could not be handled as Paisano scored and Vallejo hustled to second. Vallejo stole third before Whittleman drew a walk.

Then, on a very odd play Tracy grounded back to the pitcher. Vallejo scored and Whittleman took a wide turn at second, leaving him hung out to dry. After numerous back and forth throws he wound end up at third on an error by Vitters. Herren followed with a single to push the last run of the inning across.

The L-Kings tacked on two more runs in the eighth.

Down 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth Saturday Lemon drew a leadoff walk followed by a Vallejo single to left. Whittleman doubled off the base of the wall down the right-field line, nearly ending the game with a walk-off home run. Lemon scored and Vallejo reached third.

Tracy was intentionally walked to load the bases, setting up a lefty/lefty matchup with K.C. Herren who popped out foul to third. Mauro Gomez then grounded into a game-ending double play.

“We gave that one away,” L-Kings manager Mike Micucci said. “That’s going to happen. I felt in the first half we stole about nine games. It’s similar to football. It’s the plus-minus in turnovers, so things like that happen.”

The loss game Kasey Kiker (2-2) his second loss. He allowed four earned runs in five innings.

The L-Kings are off today. They open a three-game series with the Swing of the Quad Cities Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

LumberKing notes: Three LumberKings have joined high-A Bakersfield. The Texas Rangers, parent club of the LumberKings, have announced that left-hander Mike Ballard, right-hander Jose Marte and infielder David Peterson have been promoted to the Bakersfield Blaze.

In turn first-baseman Chris Kemp has been sent to Clinton from Bakersfield and recent draft choice Josh Lueke, a left-hand pitcher, has joined the L-Kings from short-season Spokane.

Ballard is fresh off his league-lead tying ninth win of the year, a rain-shortened complete game shutout of Kane County on Thursday.

Ballard, 23, led the LumberKings with a 9-4 record, becoming the first hurler to reach the mark since 2005. He posted an ERA of 3.93 with 14 walks and 59 strikeouts in 14 starts, 75.2 innings. Ballard was a 14th-round pick by the Rangers in 2006.

Marte started the season in Bakersfield, going 0-2 with a 13.21 ERA in 12 games before being sent to Clinton. The 2006 L-Kings saves leader with 12, Marte thrived in his second stint, going 2-0 with three saves in four chances and an ERA of 2.45.

Peterson spent most of 2006 and all of 2007 with the LumberKings, hitting .207 with three doubles, a home run and nine RBI in 23 games this season. Signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Rangers in 2005 out of George Fox University Peterson played seven games with the Blaze last season.

Kemp makes the move from Bakersfield where he hit just .200 with a double and four RBI in 11 games. Signed as a free agent by the Rangers in 2006 he posted a .226 average with four doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI in 24 games with Clinton last season.

Lueke, 23, was a 16th-round pick. He made one start with Spokane, allowing a hit over 1 2/3 innings and striking out three in his professional debut on June 20 against Eugene. He hails from Highland Heights, Ky., and pitched for Northern Kentucky University prior to being drafted.

The moves give the LumberKings 24 players on the 25-man roster.

SATURDAY’S GAME

COUGARS 5, LUMBERKINGS 4

KANE COUNTY CLINTON

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Massaro cf 4 0 1 0 Lemon ss 2 1 0 0

Affonti ss 4 0 1 0 Vallejo 2b 5 0 3 1

Dowling 1b 4 1 1 1 Whittlmn dh 3 0 1 1

Pratt dh 5 0 0 0 Tracy lf 4 0 0 0

Mendez rf 3 2 1 0 Herren rf 5 1 2 0

Mitchell lf 2 1 0 0 Gomez 1b 5 1 0 0

Hernandz 2b 4 1 1 1 Heafner 3b 4 0 1 1

Vitters 3b 3 0 0 0 Gossage c 4 1 1 1

Rosendo c 4 0 1 1 Paisano cf 2 0 1 0

Totals 33 5 6 3 Totals 34 4 9 4



Kane County 010 310 000 —5

Clinton 010 200 001 —4

E—Vitters. DP—Kane County 2. LOB—Kane County 8, Clinton 11. 2B—Mendez, Hernandez, Whittleman. HR—Dowling (5). SB—Affonti 2 (3), Massaro 2 (9), Vallejo (20). S—Lemon.

IP H R ER BB SO

Kane County

Heuser W,6-2 5 7 3 2 3 5

Fernandez 3 0 0 0 2 3

Moore 0 2 1 1 2 0

Gordon S,2 1 0 0 0 0 0

Clinton

Kiker L,2-2 5 5 5 4 2 4

Zamzow 2 0 0 0 2 4

Izquierdo 1 0 0 0 1 1

Hollis 1 1 0 0 1 1

Moore pitched to 4 batters in the 9th.

HBP—by Kiker (Mitchell). WP—Heuser, Kiker. PB—Rosendo, Gossage. Umpires—Joel Hospodka (plate), Scott Mahoney (bases). Time—3:13. Attendance—1,271.

SUNDAY’S GAME

LUMBERKINGS 8, COUGARS 1

KANE COUNTY CLINTON

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Massaro cf 5 0 0 0 Lemon ss 5 2 2 1

Cobb 2b 1 0 1 0 Vallejo 2b 5 2 2 1

Hernandz 2b 1 0 0 0 Whittlmn 3b 2 2 1 1

Dowling 1b 3 0 0 0 Tracy lf 3 0 1 2

Pratt dh 3 0 0 0 Herren rf 4 0 1 1

Mendez rf 4 1 1 0 Gomez 1b 4 0 1 0

Johnson lf 3 0 0 0 Pina c 3 0 1 0

Rosendo c 3 0 2 0 Kemp dh 4 1 1 0

Affonti ph 1 0 0 0 Paisano cf 4 1 1 0

Vitters 3b 4 0 1 1

Valdez ss 2 0 1 0

Totals 30 1 6 1 Totals 34 8 11 6



Kane County 000 000 001 —1

Clinton 300 000 32x —8

E—Vitters 2, Valdez, Lemon, Herren. DP—Kane County 2, Clinton 2. LOB—Kane County 9, Clinton 6. 2B—Rosendo, Whittleman, Tracy, Vallejo. 3B—Paisano, Lemon. SB—Vallejo (21). CS—Massaro.

IP H R ER BB SO

Kane County

Cahill L,3-2 6 7 3 3 2 5

Tharpe 1 2 3 1 1 0

Presutti 1 2 2 2 0 0

Clinton

Poveda W,8-2 6 3 0 0 2 5

Slusarz 2 1 0 0 3 1

Gudex 1 2 1 1 2 0

HBP—by Cahill (Pina). WP—Cahill, Presutti 2, Gudex. Umpires—Mahoney (plate), Hospodka (bases). Time—2:44. Attendance—2,704.