PEORIA, Ill. — The Clinton LumberKings left 10 men on base in a 2-0 loss to the Peoria Chiefs in Midwest League baseball Sunday afternoon at Dozer Park. The loss came one day after Clinton erased a four-run deficit to beat the Chiefs 7-6.
Each team registered seven hits in Sunday’s game, but Clinton failed to get a runner to third after the fourth inning.
The game looked as though the LumberKings would strike first in the top of the first inning. A Johnny Slater single and Chiefs error, combined with an Evan Kruczynski wild pitch, put runners at second and third with nobody out. Clinton failed to push a run a across when the next three batters were retired without getting a ball out of the infield.
Kruczynski (3-3) continued to be tested by the LumberKings over his five innings. Clinton left a runner on in the second, the bases loaded in the third and two more runners on the fourth, which made eight men left on base through four innings.
Peoria scored its first run in the bottom of the first inning against LumberKings starter Ryne Inman. The Chiefs rallied with two outs. Dylan Carlson walked and Danny Hudzina hit a run-scoring double.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Chiefs added one more run when they strung four singles together off Inman (1-4). Carlson drove home the run with an single to right. But the hit also ended the inning when Mick Fennell was caught in a rundown.
Tyler Watson kept the Chiefs at bay from the sixth inning onward. The LumberKings reliever turned in three shutout innings.
Yeison Medina worked the final two innings for the Chiefs and earned his seventh save of the season.
On Saturday night, Clinton pulled off another come-from-behind win, topping Peoria 7-6.
Clinton broke a 6-6 tie in the top of the eighth inning.
Louis Boyd worked a walk against Chiefs reliever Dewin Perez (2-5) to lead off the inning. Boyd moved to third on a combination of a Slater single and a double play. He scored the go-ahead run on a Ryan McCarvel passed ball.
Steven Moyers (2-3) earned the win for Clinton and allowed just two base runners during his 2 1/3 innings of relief. Seth Elledge worked the eighth and ninth innings and faced the minimum during his time out to register his team-leading fourth save of the season.
The LumberKings scored the first runs of the game in the top of the first inning. Three consecutive hits off Chiefs starter Ian Oaxnevad pushed the first run of the game across. Jhombeyker Morales then scored Yojhan Quevedo with a sacrifice fly to right.
Nick Wells started for Clinton and silenced the Chiefs for the first two innings before allowing Stefan Troscalir’s grand slam in the bottom of the third. Trosclair hit the ball all the way up the berm in left for the Chiefs’ first lead of the night. The grand slam was the first allowed by LumberKings pitching this season.
The LumberKings batted around in the top of the fifth to score three runs and pull to within one. Quevedo, Nick Thurman and Dimas Ojeda each drove in a run during the LumberKings rally.
Nick Zammarelli tied the game in the top of the sixth. With two men out, and Slater running on the pitch, Zammarelli lined an RBI double to right-center that tied the game at 6.
The LumberKings conclude their four-game series with the Chiefs at noon today. Left-handed pitcher Danny Garcia (6-11, 6.04 ERA) starts for Clinton against Peoria right-handed pitcher Frederis Parra (3-4, 3.03).