CLINTON — When you get solid pitching, your chances of winning are pretty good.

That’s what the Clinton Lumber-Kings discovered Friday night as three pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over Kane County at Alliant Energy Field.

Starter Zach Phillips (7-2) had a phenomenal outing, giving up just one hit and fanning eight in six innings of work.

Jeremiah Haar added one-hit ball over the next two innings, while Brennan Garr finished off the game with a two-strikeout, no-hit ninth.

“All three of our pitchers showed great command of the fastball,” said Clinton manager Mike Micucci. “They worked ahead in the count and kept Kane County off-balance.”

The LumberKings started fast and furious, scoring two runs in the first inning alone.

Marcus Lemon led off with a line-drive single to right, moved to second on a passed ball and went to third on Jose Vallejo’s single to center.

Vallejo then stole second before John Whittleman grounded out to score Lemon.

Vallejo took third on the groundout and scored on Chad Tracy’s groundout.

“Getting the two leadoff guys on base is huge,” said Miccuci. “That kind of sparked the rest of the team.”

The LumberKings tacked on another run in the fourth.

With one out, K.C. Herren walked, took third on a double to center by Mauro Gomez and scored on a passed ball.

Whittleman concluded the scoring in the eighth when he blasted a solo homer into the LumberLounge in right field.

“We wanted to get the lead because we figured the rains could be coming and it might end up being a short game,” said Micucci. “After we got the lead, the guys did a good job of not letting down.”

Henry Alberto Rodriguez (3-4) suffered the loss despite a solid outing. He gave up five hits in six innings.

The teams continue their series with a 7 p.m. game tonight and 2 p.m. contest Sunday.

LUMBERKINGS 4, COUGARS 0

KANE COUNTY CLINTON

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Massaro cf 4 0 0 0 Lemon ss 2 1 1 0

Cobb 2b 4 0 0 0 Vallejo 2b 4 1 1 0

Mitchell rf 4 0 0 0 Whttlmn 3b 4 1 1 2

Dowling 1b 4 0 0 0 Tracy lf 4 0 1 1

Affronti ss 4 0 0 0 Herren rf 3 1 0 0

Pratt dh 2 0 1 0 Gomez 1b 4 0 1 0

Hernandz 3b 2 0 0 0 Pina c 3 0 1 0

Johnson lf 3 0 0 0 Backman dh 3 0 0 0

Rosendo c 2 0 1 0 Paisano cf 2 0 0 0

Totals 29 0 2 0 Totals 29 4 6 3



Kane County 000 000 000 —0

Clinton 200 100 01X —4

E—Dowling. LOB—Kane County 5, Clinton 5. 2B—Gomez. HR—Whittleman (13). SB—Vallejo (19). CS—Lemon 2.

IP H R ER BB SO

Kane County

Rodriguez (L,3-4) 6 5 3 2 3 5

Deaza 2 1 1 1 1 1

Clinton

Phillips (W,7-2) 6 1 0 0 2 8

Haar 2 1 0 0 1 1

Garr 1 0 0 0 0 2

WP—Phillips. PB—Rosendo 2. Umpires—Mahoney, Hospodka. Time—2:28. Attendance—NA.