CLINTON — Home runs from Nick Zammarelli and Yojhan Quevedo were just enough for the Clinton LumberKings to take the series finale from Dayto with a 4-3 win Friday night at Ashford University Field.
Jack Anderson held off late charges from the Dragons to preserve the Clinton win.
The LumberKings struggled to string hits together against Dragons starter Matt Blandino, who shut them out through the first five frames. Then they scored all of their runs in the sixth.
Blandino was chased from the game following a one-out walk to Luis Rengifo and a two-run homer by Quevedo. The homer was Quevedo’s fourth of the year and pulled Clinton to within one.
Dauri Moreta then replaced Blandino and walked Nick Thurman to begin his outing. Nick Zammarelli followed with the game’s deciding blow, a two-run home run into the Lumber Lounge in right field to give the LumberKings a 4-3 lead.
Ljay Newsome started for Clinton and shut out Dayton through the first two innings before surrendering the game’s first run in the top of the third inning. Malik Collymore initiated the rally with a double, moved to third on a Gabriel Ovalle single and then scored on a Jose Siri sacrifice fly to right.
The Dragons added to their lead with an unearned run in the fourth, ending the night for Newsome. Lane Ratliff replaced him in the top of the fifth inning and struggled to throw strikes early in the outing. Siri and Michael Beltre reached on consecutive walks to open the inning. Two batters later, Tyler Stephenson scored Siri with a single to center for a Dragons 3-0 lead.
Ratliff (2-2) settled down following the fifth inning to earn his second win of the season. He worked three innings, allowed one run on three hits while walking three and striking out three.
Anderson worked the final two innings for Clinton and earned his third save of the season.
In the top of the ninth inning, Siri singled to lead off the frame and moved to third on a combination stolen base and throwing error by Thurman, placing the tying run at third with nobody out.
Two batters later, with the infield drawn in, Siri attempted to score on a Taylor Trammell grounder but failed to touch the plate on a head-first dive. Thurman had failed to apply the tag on Siri when he realized home plate umpire Donnie Smith had yet to make a call. Thurman then tagged out Siri, who was on his knees behind the plate for the second out of the inning. Bruce Yari then ground out to second to end the game.
The LumberKings will welcome in the Bowling Green Hot Rods for a three games series starting at 6:30 tonight. Right-handed Brandon Miller (8-4, 3.60 ERA) will take the ball for Clinton.