CLINTON — Two consecutive games, two consecutive 5-4 losses.

That sums up the fate of the Clinton LumberKings, who fell by the same score for the second night in a row to the Swing of the Quad Cities Tuesday at Alliant Energy Field.

The Swing piled up 13 hits, including a pair of homers, and twice threw out LumberKings trying to stretch singles into doubles.

“The biggest thing that hurt us tonight was questionable base running,” said LumberKings’ manager Andy Fox. “Those are mistakes you can’t be making 75 or 76 games into the season, especially in one-run games.

“I like the aggressiveness, but it needs to be more of a selective aggressiveness,” he added. “If you’re up by a couple of runs it’s a different story, but you have to be more careful when you’re behind.”

The LumberKings’ offense was on target, coming up with 12 hits. Two Clinton players — John Whittleman and Matt Smith — had three hits each.

“We’ve been swinging the bat well,” said Fox. “I also thought Omar (Poveda, Clinton’s starting pitcher) didn’t pitch bad at all tonight. He maybe left a few pitches up that he got hurt on, but I still think he pitched well enough to win.”

Poveda (1-9) gave up nine hits, struck out four and didn’t walk a batter while going 5 2/3 innings.

Fox was also complimentary of relievers Kevin Altman and Gerry Oakes, who gave up four hits between them.

“You see they (Quad Cities) got 13 hits, but you don’t always trust the numbers,” said Fox. “They’re a good hitting club and a lot of the time we kept them in check. Not many teams have done that.”

Quad Cities struck for two runs in the second inning. With one out, Bryan Anderson singled to left, moved to second on Chad Gabriel’s infield single, took third on A.J. Van Slyke’s single to left and scored when Jose Martinez hit into a fielder’s choice.

Gabriel then scored when Casey Rowlett lined a single to right.

John Whittleman got Clinton’s first hit of the game in the bottom of the third when he singled to right. He attempted to take second on the play, but Gabriel fired a perfect throw to Martinez who tagged out the LumberKing.

Smith followed with a single and went to second on a balk, but Adam Daniels (4-6) got a strikeout and groundout to end the frame.

The Swing went up 4-0 in the sixth. Dan Nelson led off with a single before Colby Rasmus sent a deep fly to center field, which was corralled on a nice catch by Truan Mehl.

After another flyout, Anderson belted a homer to right.

Clinton answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

With one out, John Mayberry walked, went to second on Freddie Thon’s line single to right, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Brian Valichka’s single to left.

Mehl followed with a sacrifice fly to center that plated Thon.

Valichka eventually stole second, but K.C. Herren struck out looking to end the frame.

Clinton inched within 4-3 in the seventh inning. Whittleman singled to right off reliever Matthew Trent.

After a strikeout, Jose Vallejo grounded a single off Rowlett’s glove at second and the ball went into left field, sending Whittleman to third.

Vallejo was then caught stealing second before Terry Blunt singled to right, plating Whittleman.

However, Blunt attempted to take second on the hit and was thrown out by Gabriel.

Quad Cities upped its lead to 5-3 in the top of the eighth when Randy Roth blasted a towering solo homer over the scoreboard in left field.

Clinton went three up and three down in the bottom of the eighth before making a final run in the ninth.

With two out, Whittleman grounded a single to right and stole second. He then scored when Smith sent a ground single to right.

Vallejo followed with a sharply hit ball to right, but Gabriel made a diving catch to end the game.

The teams conclude their three-game series tonight with a 7 p.m. game. It’s also I-Club Night at the stadium.

After tonight’s contest, Clinton heads out on an eight-game road trip with four games at Lansing and four more at Peoria.

“It’s always important to get a win, but even more so tonight since we’re going on the road,” said Fox. “That would give us some nice momentum.”



ab r h bi ab r h bi

Robinson lf 5 0 2 0 Vallejo 2b 5 0 1 0

Nelson 3b 4 1 2 0 Blunt lf 3 0 1 1

Rasmus cf 4 0 0 0 Mayberry rf 3 1 1 0

Roth 1b 4 1 1 1 Thon 1b 4 1 2 0

BAnderson c 4 2 2 2 Valichka c 4 0 1 1

Garbirel rf 4 1 2 0 Mehl cf 3 0 0 1

Van Slyke dh 4 0 1 0 Herren dh 4 0 0 0

Martinez ss 4 0 1 1 Whttlmn 3b 4 2 3 0

Rowlett 2b 4 0 2 1 Smith ss 4 0 3 1

Totals 37 5 13 5 Totals 34 4 12 4

Quad Cities 020 002 010 —5

Clinton 000 002 101 —4

DP—Quad Cities 1, Clinton 1. LOB—Quad Cities 5, Clinton 6. 2B—Rowlett. HR—Anderson (2), Roth (15). SB—Valichka (3), Whittleman (6). CS—Robinson, Nelson, Vallejo. SF—Mehl.


Quad Cities

Daniels (W,4-6) 6 7 2 2 2 2

Trent 1 1/3 3 1 1 0 1

Borne 1 1/3 2 1 1 0 1

Stitt (Sv,9) 1/3 0 0 0 0 0


Poveda (L,1-9) 5 2/3 9 4 4 0 3

Altman 2 1/3 3 1 1 0 2

Oakes 1 1 0 0 0 0

WP—Daniels 2. Balk—Daniels. Umpires—Boyle, Schaufert. Time—2:37. Attendance—940.

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