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Clinton third baseman Joe DeCarlo (5) fields a ground ball during warm-up period of the sixth inning of Wednesday's game against Beloit. DeCarlo doubled in Thursday's game.

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The Clinton Herald

CLINTON — The Clinton LumberKings continued their stretch of stellar baseball, and used a dominant outing by Eddie Campbell (8-8) in a 4-2 victory over the Burlington Bees (20-26, 58-57). The lefty allowed only an unearned run over 6 2/3 innings, by picking up his third win in four starts vs. the Bees.

Marcus Littlewood homered in the fourth inning that sparked the LumberKings to their third straight win. And, of course, the newest rally mascot gets the credit again.

"Of course the possum gave us luck again," Clinton manager Scott Steinmann said. "We have to ride him as long as we can."

For the second night in a row, the LumberKings (21-25, 51-63) fell behind early. But for the second consecutive night, Clinton rallied back to pick up the win. The win was sealed thanks to a diving catch made by centerfielder Aaron Barbosa.

Following a leadoff walk in the first inning to Bo Way, Bees first baseman Eric Aguilera singled to left field. The ball got passed Tyler O’Neill, his second error of the season, and Way scored all the way from first.

"Eddie struggled in the first inning, but you gotta him credit that he fought back and found his stuff in the final four innings," Steinmann said.

Despite the offensive revival that the LumberKings have displayed since the possum incident last week in Davenport, Campbell doesn't think his approach should change when on the mound.

"When you have a nice lead going, you may be able to get away with a pitch or two, but you try not to let your mindset change," Campbell said. "I want to make each pitch count with conviction. When I get behind, every pitch is that much more important."

Clinton answered just an inning later as Marcus Littlewood extended his hit streak to 14 with a leadoff double.

Burlington starter Yency Almonte (2-5) then loaded the bases and Martin Peguero tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Almonte faced four batters in the fourth inning but did not record an out. Joe DeCarlo followed with a double, his second hit in as many days off of the DL, and he later scored on Peguero’s RBI single. It was the first multi-RBI game for the infielder since July 10th.

"It's nice to come back enjoying themselves and having fun," DeCarlo said. "It's gonna result in wins and good baseball. I think every game is important, and if we keep things going like this, we'll see how it turns out."

The Burlington starter, who allowed only one run and five hits in the loss last week to Clinton at Community Field, surrendered seven hits, including two doubles and a home run, and four runs in the loss Thursday night. Almonte is 0-5 with a 7.50 ERA in his last five starts. Campbell meanwhile, picked up the victory over Burlington for the second time in a week, and improved to 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA vs. the Bees.

Ricardo Pereira made his season debut with Clinton, as the righty pitched the final 2.1 innings in scoreless fashion for his first save. Pereira retired the final seven Burlington hitters of the night. Pereira received ample help from the outfield in the final two innings thanks to a fly ball at the left field wall by O'Neill and a diving catch in the left centerfield gap made by Aaron Barbosa.

"He battled to get out of the seventh inning, and it was good damage control," Campbell said. "He finished out the game, so he did well."

The bottom half of the order provided the support for Campbell. Littlewood, DeCarlo, Justin Seager, and Peguero went a combined 8-for-13 with three RBI’s and four runs scored. O’Neill and Chantz Mack each saw their hit streak come to an end, while Seager lengthened his to 11 games.

Fresh off of his complete game shutout vs. Burlington, Edwin Diaz (4-7, 3.55) looks to follow it up Friday night vs. the Bees.


BURLINGTON ab r h bi CLINTON ab r h bi

Way cf 2 1 1 1 Barbosa cf 4 0 1 0

Fish lf 4 0 0 0 Reinheimer ss 3 0 1 0

Aguilera 1b 4 0 2 0 Mack rf 4 0 0 1

Houchins ss 4 0 1 0 Wilson dh 4 0 0 0

McGee dh 4 0 0 0 O'Neill lf 4 0 0 0

Mendoza rf 3 0 0 0 Littlewood c 4 2 2 1

Dionicio 3b 4 1 1 0 DeCarlo 3b 3 1 2 0

Moye c 4 0 1 0 Seager 1b 3 1 2 0

Salcedo 2b 3 0 1 0 Peguero 2b 3 0 2 2

Totals 32 2 7 1 Totals 32 4 10 4

Burlington 100 000 100 — 2

Clinton 010 300 00x — 4

E — Almonte (2), Salcedo (16), Fish (6), O'Neill (2). DP — Burlington 1. 2B — Littlewood (14), DeCarlo (12), Reinheimer (16). HR — Littlewood (8). LOB — Burlington 6, Clinton 10.



Almonte L, 2-5 3 7 4 4 1 4

Gordon 2 1 0 0 2 2

Mahle 1 1 0 0 1 2

Carlson 2 1 0 0 0 3


Campbell W, 8-8 6 2/3 5 2 1 2 6

Pereira S, 1 2 1/3 2 0 0 1 1

Almonte pitched to 3 batters in the 4th.

WP — Almonte, Gordon, Mahle. HBP — DeCarlo (by Almonte).

U — Dave Attridge (h), Mike Savakinas (p).

T — 2:54. A — 2,077.

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