CLINTON — The Clinton LumberKings lost their fourth straight game Tuesday at Alliant Energy Field as the Eastern Division-leading West Michigan Whitecaps took a 5-2 decision in the first of a four-game series.

Beau Jones made his first start as a LumberKing. It was a short one as he went just 2 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a pair of walks. He struck out three.

The Whitecaps struck first in the third inning when Brennan Boesch slammed a two-run homer, his ninth.

The LumberKings made it 2-2 in the fourth. Chad Ogden reached on a fielding error before Mauro Gomez belted a double to left, sending Ogden to third.

Ogden scored on Chad Tracy’s fielder’s choice and Gomez moved to third before scoring on David Paisano’s single to center.

Jon Hollis (1-5) replaced Jones and pitched 3 2/3 effective innings, but took the loss, allowing the go-ahead run in the seventh. Hollis allowed just one hit and walked one. He struck out two.

The Whitecaps scored the go-ahead run on Scott Sizemore’s sacrifice fly.

The LumberKings threatened in the eight, putting runners on second and third with one out, but Manny Pina grounded into a fielder’s choice and Jay Heafner struck out to end the inning.

The Whitecaps added two insurance runs in the ninth off Clinton reliever Anton Maxwell as Audy Ciriaco scored on a passed ball and Ryan Strieby had a sacrifice fly.

West Michigan starter Charles Furbush allowed just two unearned runs on five hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. Casey Fien (5-0) got the win, working 2 1/3 shutout innings. Brett Jensen got the save, his 21st, striking out the side in the ninth.

The teams meet for Game 2 of the series tonight at 7 p.m. It will be Baseball Card Strip No. 6 Giveaway Night.

WHITECAPS 5, LUMBERKINGS 2

WEST MICHIGAN CLINTON

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Tucker dh 3 1 1 0 Vallejo 2b 5 0 1 0

Sizemore 2b 3 1 0 1 Ogden ss 5 1 0 0

Boesch rf 4 1 2 2 Gomez dh 3 1 2 0

Hernandez cf 5 0 1 0 Tracy lf 4 0 0 1

Strieby 1b 2 0 0 1 Kemp 1b 3 0 1 0

De Leon 3b 4 0 0 0 Paisano cf 4 0 2 1

Laster lf 3 1 1 0 Pina c 4 0 1 0

Newton c 4 0 0 0 Heafner 3b 4 0 0 0

Ciriaco ss 4 1 2 0 Bradbury rf 3 0 1 0

Totals 32 5 7 4 Totals 35 2 8 2



West Michigan 002 000 102 —5

Clinton 000 200 000 —2

E—Sizemore, Furbush. DP—West Michigan 1. LOB—West Michigan 10, Clinton 9. 2B—Gomez. 3B—Ciriaco. HR—Boesch (9). SB—Hernandez (43), Strieby (4), Paisano (11). SF—Sizemore, Strieby.

IP H R ER BB SO

West Michigan

Furbush 5 2/3 5 2 0 2 3

Fien W,5-0 2 1/3 3 0 0 0 2

Jensen S,21 1 0 0 0 0 3

Clinton

Jones 2 2/3 4 2 2 2 3

Hollis L,1-5 3 2/3 1 1 1 1 2

Slusarz 1 1/3 0 0 0 1 1

Maxwell 1 1/3 2 2 2 1 0

HBP—by Furbush (Bradbury), by Hollis (Tucker), by Slusarz (De Leon), by Maxwell (Tucker). WP—Furbush, Hollis. Balk—Jones. PB—Pina. Umpires—Ike Boykins (plate), Patrick Barbour (bases). Time—3:18. Attendance—825.

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