DAVENPORT — After walk-off magic in both halves of a doubleheader in Clinton on Saturday, lightning could not strike for a third consecutive game, as the Clinton LumberKings (2-2) dropped the series opener 7-2 to rival Quad-Cities (3-1).

After back-to-back singles by Chantz Mack and Nelson Ward opened up the game, River Bandits’ starter Austin Chrismon (W, 1-0) went more than four innings without allowing a base runner.

Though the singles by Mack and Ward led to a run in the first, courtesy of a sacrifice fly by Alex Jackson, the opening inning run was not enough.

Clinton starter Pat Peterson (L, 0-1), allowed only one earned run over 4 2/3 innings, but three errors led to four unearned runs as part of a five run fifth inning for the River Bandits.

“I thought his first four innings were really clean,” Clinton Manager Scott Steinmann said. “I thought he changed speeds well, and he’s got a good feel of pitching. He went to his breaking ball earlier than he wanted to, but overall, I think he’s a polished pitcher, and I think he’ll do well in this league.”

Jacob Nottingham began the fifth inning with his first home run of the season, which tied the game. Quad Cities took the lead for good on Bobby Boyd’s RBI single, and added on the eventual winning run later in the frame on an RBI base hit by Nick Fisher. The River Bandits added two more in the inning, and led 5-1 after five.

“Everything was going well until that fifth inning,” Steinmann said. “There was a little bit of trouble there, but it was caused by our own behalf due to errors.”

Ramire Cleto, in his first outing of 2015, pitched the final 3 1/3 innings for the LumberKings. The righty allowed a pair of runs in his season debut and kept Clinton within striking distance, but the Bandits’ bullpen followed up Chrismon’s stellar outing with three nearly flawless innings.

The twin brother of Clinton starter Pat, Eric Peterson pitched out of the bullpen for Quad Cities. The 37th round pick by Houston in 2014 gave up one run over two innings of relief. Peterson allowed a leadoff double to Joe DeCarlo in the seventh inning, and DeCarlo later scored on Kristian Brito’s sacrifice fly. The River Bandits added the final run of the game in the eighth, as a Cleto balk allowed Alfredo Gonzalez to score and close the scoring on the Quad Cities victory.

Saturday: Clinton walks-off twice

CLINTON — After a tough 4-3 loss in the season opener on Friday, Saturday proved to have a much better end result, with 5-4 and 2-1 wins over Beloit.

Following the substitution of Nelson Ward for Kristian Brito as a pinch runner in the ninth inning in game one, Ward stole third, and Snappers’ catcher Argenis Diaz’s throw to third base ended up in left field, which allowed Ward to score and the LumberKings to win via a walk-off error.

“Nelson anticipated an offspeed pitch there, and got a really good jump, and the third baseman was not in good position,” Steinmann said. “He’s making things happen, and in Class-A ball, those types of things can win you ball games.”

Just two innings prior, in the bottom of the seventh, the final scheduled inning, Clinton’s Adam Martin provided a big first hit with the LumberKings. The catcher homered off of reliever Carlos Navas with Clinton down to its final two outs.

Game two ended with a bases-loaded single by catcher Wayne Taylor to give Clinton its second walk-off win. Taylor’s single came off of Snappers reliever Jose Torres, who struggled in his first appearance of 2015. Torres, who finished 2014 with an 0-6 record, walked three and allowed the game-winning hit.

“The good thing is that we made adjustments late in the game,” Steinmann said of the nightcap. “They had to put in a couple extra guys that they didn’t want to, and we took advantage of some mistakes late.”



CLINTON ab r h bi QUAD-CITIES ab r h bi

Mack lf 4 1 0 0 Boyd cf 3 1 2 2

Ward 2b 3 0 1 0 Hernandez 2b 3 0 0 0

Jackson rf 3 0 0 1 Fisher lf 4 1 1 1

DeCarlo 3b 4 1 1 0 Tanielu  1b 4 1 1 1

Taylor dh 4 0 1 0 Bottger rf 4 0 0 0

Martin c 4 0 1 0     Gonzalez c 3 1 1 0

Brito 1b 2 0 0 1 Nottingham  dh 4 2 3 1

Marsical ss 3 0 0 1 Trompiz 3b 4 0 0 0

Fields cf 3 0 0 0 Lindauer ss 3 1 0 0

Totals 30 2 5 2   Totals 32 7 8 5

Clinton 100 000     100 — 2

Quad-Cities 000 051 01x — 7 

LOB — Clinton 4, Quad-Cities 5. 2B — DeCarlo (1), Taylor (1), Nottingham (1). HR — Nottingham (1). S — Boyd. E — DeCarlo 2, Mack, Trompiz.

                               IP H R ER BB SO


Peterson (L, 0-1) 4 2/3 6 5 1 1 3

Cleto 3 1/3 2 2 2 2 2   


Chrismon (W, 1-0) 6 2 1 0 1 3

Peterson 2 2 1 1 0 1

Thompson 1 1 0 0 0 2

WP — P. Peterson 2, Cleto. Bk — Cleto. U — Richard Genera (p), Brandon Butler (b). T — 2:32. A — 4,139.