FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Clinton’s Mauro Gomez belted a pair of home runs, but they weren’t enough as the LumberKings dropped a 6-4 decision to the Fort Wayne Wizards in Midwest League baseball action Wednesday.

In a game that started at 11 a.m. central time Clinton took a quick 2-0 lead on a two-run homer by Gomez in the first inning, plating Chad Ogden (3-for-5) who had tripled.

Fort Wayne went up 4-2 with two runs in both the third and fourth innings. Wizards No. 9 hitter Jodam Rivera had an RBI double in the third and a two-run homer in the fourth.

Gomez, who was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored, cracked another home run, his 12th, hitting a solo shot in the sixth to pull the L-Kings within a run at 4-3.

The 22-year-old first baseman has hit four homers over his last four games after connecting for six over his first 307 at-bats.

Fort Wayne scored two more runs in the seventh to go up 6-3 as Javis Diaz had an RBI double and Rayner Contreras a sacrifice fly.

Clinton scored its final run in the eighth when Gomez led off with a double and later scored on K.C. Herren’s RBI groundout.

L-Kings starting pitcher Broc Coffman (5-6) took the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out four.

The game included a pair of ejections as Wizards batting coach Bob Skube was ejected in the first inning and Clinton manager Mike Micucci was tossed in the eighth inning.

The L-Kings, who have lost their first two games in Fort Wayne and five of their last six games, will try to bounce back tonight in Game 3 of the four-game series. Game time is 6 p.m. The series concludes with another 6 p.m. tilt Friday.

WIZARDS 6, LUMBERKINGS 4

CLINTON FORT WAYNE

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Vallejo 2b 4 0 1 0 Diaz lf 4 1 2 1

Ogden ss 5 1 3 0 Contrers 3b 3 0 1 1

Whittlmn 3b 5 0 0 0 Hunter cf 3 0 0 0

Gomez 1b 5 3 4 3 Carter rf 4 0 1 1

Tracy lf 5 0 0 0 King 2b 4 0 0 0

Herren rf 4 0 1 1 Hunt 1b 3 0 0 0

Paisano cf 3 0 0 0 Martinez c 4 0 0 0

Kemp dh 3 0 2 0 Schemel dh 2 3 2 0

Lemon dh 0 0 0 0 Rivera ss 4 2 3 3

Harrigan c 3 0 0 0

Totals 37 4 11 4 Totals 31 6 9 6



Clinton 200 001 010 —4

Fort Wayne 002 200 20x —6

E—Whittleman, King. DP—Fort Wayne 2. LOB—Clinton 10, Fort Wayne 6. 2B—Gomez, Rivera, Schemmel, Diaz. 3B—Ogden. HR—Gomez 2 (12), Rivera (5). SB—Herren (6), Hunter (6), Diaz (10). CS—Contreras, Hunt. SF—Contreras.

IP H R ER BB SO

Clinton

Coffman L,5-6 6 8 6 6 3 4

Slusarz 2 1 0 0 1 1

Fort Wayne

Miller W,3-4 6 7 3 3 0 6

Schmidt 2 3 1 1 2 1

Rodriguez S,17 1 1 0 0 1 1

Coffman pitched to 3 batters in the 7th.

HBP—by Miller (Harrigan). Umpires—Jeff Gosney (plate), Alex Ortiz (bases). Time—2:40. Attendance—2,339.

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