CEDAR RAPIDS — The Clinton LumberKings dropped a 4-1 decision to the Cedar Rapids Kernels in Game 1 of their best-of-three Western Division playoff series Thursday night.

Taking the hill for the LumberKings in Game 1 was Zach Phillips. He found himself in trouble early as he gave up a lead-off double to Mark Trumbo in the second inning.

Matt Sweeney singled to center, moving Trumbo to third. Posting the first run of the game, Hank Conger lofted a sac fly to right. Later in the inning Tyler Johnson scored on a Ryan Mount single, making it 2-0.

The LumberKings came back in the fifth when Chad Tracy led off with a line shot over the right-field fence, making it a 2-1 ballgame.

In the sixth Trumbo struck again, blasted a solo shot to left, giving the Kernels a 3-1 edge.

Phillips went six innings, allowing three earned runs. He was replaced by newcomer Andrew Laughter.

The Kernels tacked on another run in the seventh for a 4-1 lead.

The LumberKing offense could not get anything going and could only manage three hits in the contest.

In the ninth Cedar Rapids’ closer Warner Madrigal came in and shut the door, striking out the side in 1-2-3 fashion.

Clinton’s Game 2 starter Kasey Kiker looks to prolong the series tonight at 7 p.m. at Alliant Energy Field.

This is the fourth postseason in five years for Clinton with the Texas Rangers organization.

The LumberKings earned the Western Division’s first-half wild card spot, while the Kernels took the second half pennant.

The L-Kings have posted an 8-7 mark against the Kernels this season, going 3-4 on the road and 5-3 at Alliant Energy Field.

L-Kings Notes: The LumberKings, in conjunction with the Texas Rangers, announced their 25-man roster for the opening round of the playoffs.

Infielder Renny Osuna, outfielder Tim Smith and right-hander Andrew Laughter have all been promoted from short-season Spokane, whose season ended Monday.

The three Indians’ standouts take the place of banged up infielder Jay Heafner, outfielder Josh Bradbury and right-hander Julio Santana.

Osuna, 22, hit .274 with 12 doubles, a home run and 25 RBIs in 42 games as Spokane’s primary third-baseman. The Miranda, Venezuela native was drafted by the Rangers in the 32nd round in 2005 out of New Mexico Junior College and split last season between the Dominican Summer League and Arizona League, hitting a combined .280.

Smith, 21, was drafted by the Rangers in the seventh round in this year’s June draft out of Arizona State. The outfielder hit .284 with five doubles, a home run and nine RBIs in 23 games with Spokane. Hailing from Toronto, Smith batted .333 with 12 doubles, three home runs and 27 RBIs in 62 games in his senior season with the Sun Devils.

Laughter, 22, was the Rangers’ 10th-round pick this June out of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. The former Cajun hurler went 0-1 with a 2.03 ERA and 11 saves in 13 opportunities with Spokane, striking out 32 while walking only four over 31.0 innings.

All three players were on the active roster for Tuesday night’s playoff opener.

KERNELS 4, LUMBERKINGS 1

CLINTON CEDAR RAPIDS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Lemon ss 4 0 0 0 Bourjos cf 3 0 0 1

Vallejo 2b 4 0 1 0 Phillips ss 4 0 1 0

Herren rf 4 0 0 0 Ortiz 3b 4 0 0 0

Gomez 1b 3 0 0 0 Trumbo 1b 4 2 2 1

Tracy lf 3 1 1 1 Sweeny dh 4 0 1 0

Kemp dh 3 0 0 0 Conger c 2 0 0 1

Paisano cf 3 0 0 0 Johnson lf 3 1 0 0

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

Smith 3b 3 0 0 0 Rosario rf 1 0 0 0



Clinton 000 010 000 —1

Cedar Rapids 020 001 10x —4

E—Gomez, Herren. LOB—Clinton 2, Cedar Rapids 5. 2B—Vallejo, Trumbo. HR—Tracy, Trumbo. SB—Conger, Mount 2, Phillips, Johnson. S—Rosario 2. SF—Conger, Bourjos.

IP H R ER BB SO

Clinton

Phillips (L) 6 6 3 3 1 2

Laughter 1 1 1 1 0 0

Lueke 1 0 0 0 0 1

Cedar Rapids

Bell (W) 7 3 1 1 0 5

Albano 1 0 0 0 0 0

Madrigal (S) 1 0 0 0 0 3

Time—2:23. Attendance—1,219.

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