CEDAR RAPIDS — The Clinton LumberKings could not hold on to a 3-0 lead after 5 1/2 innings Monday, dropping their third straight game to the Cedar Rapids Kernels who came back for a 5-3 win.

Clinton built an early 3-0 lead with a run in the first inning and two more in the third. In the top of the first Mauro Gomez, who was 2-for-3, cracked a two-out double before scoring on a single to center by Chad Tracy, who was 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

In the L-Kings’ third inning Jay Heafner ripped a leadoff triple to center. He promptly scored on a groundout by Jose Vallejo.

With two outs Gomez belted another double. He then scored on another RBI single by Tracy.

Clinton starting pitcher Kasey Kiker worked five shutout innings before running into trouble in the sixth. Cedar Rapids made it a one-run game with two runs in the inning and Kiker was replaced by Joshua Lueke with two outs in the frame.

The Kernels’ runs in the inning came on a sacrifice fly by Matthew Sweeney and a solo home run by Mark Trumbo.

Cedar Rapids pulled even at 3-3 with another run in the seventh. The L-Kings prevented the tying run when Vallejo, the second baseman, threw out Wilberto Ortiz at the plate on a fielder’s choice.

With two outs the Kernels’ Peter Bourjos singled in Ryan Mount with the tying run.

The Kernels went ahead with two unearned runs in the eighth. Clinton reliever Ivan Izquierdo replaced Lueke to start the inning.

Sweeney singled to start the inning. Trumbo reached on a fielder’s choice as Heafner, the third baseman, had a throwing error.

Sweeney was able to score and Trumbo took second on another error on the play as center fielder David Paisano also made a throwing error. Hank Conger followed with an RBI single.

Kiker allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five. Lueke allowed a run on two hits and a walk in an inning-and-a-third. He struck out three.

KERNELS 5, LUMBERKINGS 3

CLINTON CEDAR RAPIDS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Vallejo 2b 4 0 1 1 Bourjos cf 3 1 2 1

Lemon ss 4 0 0 0 Phillips ss 4 0 0 0

Gomez dh 3 2 2 0 Sweeney 3b 3 1 1 1

Tracy lf 4 0 3 2 Trumbo 1b 4 2 1 1

Kemp 1b 4 0 0 0 Conger c 4 0 1 1

Herren rf 4 0 1 0 Walker c 0 0 0 0

Paisano cf 4 0 0 0 Ortiz dh 3 0 1 0

Pina c 3 0 1 0 Mount 2b 4 1 2 0

Heafner 3b 3 1 1 0 Johnson lf 3 0 0 0

Rosario rf 3 0 0 0

Totals 33 3 9 3 Totals 31 5 8 4



Clinton 102 000 000 —3

Cedar Rapids 000 002 12x —5

E—Lemon, Heafner, Paisano. DP—Cedar Rapids 2. LOB—Clinton 4, Cedar Rapids 6. 2B—Gomez 2, Mount 2. 3B—Heafner. HR—Trumbo (11). SB—Bourjos (15), Johnson (11). CS—Johnson. SF—Sweeney.

IP H R ER BB SO

Clinton

Kiker 5 2/3 4 2 2 2 5

Lueke 1 1/3 2 1 1 1 3

Izquierdo L,2-2 1 2 2 0 0 1

Cedar Rapids

Mendoza 6 8 3 3 0 5

Cassevah W,2-1 2 1 0 0 0 2

Madrigal S,11 1 0 0 0 0 1

HBP—by Mendoza (Gomez). WP—Kiker. Time—2:35. Attendance—1,472.

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