CLINTON — Andy Fox is hoping Thursday’s performance is a sign of things to come for the Clinton LumberKings.

Solid pitching, strong defense and timely hitting propelled Clinton to a 1-0 victory over Beloit Thursday night at Alliant Energy Field.

The win, which came in a brisk 1 hour, 57 minutes, snapped a six-game LumberKings’ losing streak.

“Hopefully things snowball from here and we can get some more wins,” said Fox, the LumberKings’ manager. “The guys have been struggling and were really hungry for a win. Tonight we were able to get it.”

Juan Jimenez pitched seven solid innings for Clinton, striking out six while giving up six hits.

Josh Giles tossed hitless ball and fanned four over the next two innings to get the win.

The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the eighth.

Jose Vallejo led things off when he laid down a perfect bunt and beat the throw to first.

Alberto Martinez sacrificed him to second. Vallejo went to third when Truan Mehl grounded out to short before Matt Smith lined a double to left field to score the run.

“We executed very well in that inning,” said Fox. “Vallejo put down a beautiful bunt and Martinez got a great one down, too. And then Smitty came up with a big hit exactly when we needed him to.”

“I took a strike on the first pitch to get my timing down,” added Smith. “The next pitch he threw a two-seamer a bit up and away. I just stayed on it and got it over the infield.”

Despite the outcome, Beloit looked like it meant business at the start of the game.

The Snappers loaded the bases with three straight one-out singles before Jimenez tossed a strikeout and induced a flyout to get out of trouble.

“We had great outings by both our pitchers,” said Smith. “They worked fast and efficiently. That made it easy on us in the field.”

“Jimenez had a great performance and Giles did an excellent job of shutting the door,” added Fox.

Giles came on in relief in the eighth inning and faced the minimum of six batters. He struck out the last four to finish off the win.

“It was getting tough,” said Smith of the losing streak. “When you start going through that kind of adversity, the days seems to drag on. Hopefully we’ve got something started now.”

Clinton concludes its series with Beloit tonight with a 7 p.m. game.

From there, Clinton hits the road for a four-game series at Peoria.

LUMBERKINGS 1, SNAPPERS 0

BELOIT CLINTON

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Patterson lf 1 0 0 0 Mehl cf 4 0 0 0

Moore c 4 0 1 0 Smith ss 4 0 1 1

Ovalie cf 3 0 2 0 Mayberry rf 3 0 1 0

Lis 1b 4 0 1 0 Thon 1b 3 0 0 0

Kelly ss 4 0 1 0 Kemp dh 3 0 1 0

Berg 3b 3 0 0 0 Whttlmn 3b 3 0 1 0

Sanchez dh 4 0 0 0 Herren lf 3 0 0 0

Tintor rf 4 0 0 0 Vallejo 2b 2 1 1 0

Thompsn 2b 3 0 1 0 Martinez c 2 0 0 0



Totals 30 0 6 0 Totals 27 1 5 1



Beloit 000 000 000 —0

Clinton 000 000 010 —1

E—Martinez. DP—Beloit 1, Cilnton 1. LOB—Beloit 8, Clinton 5. 2B—Whittleman, Smith. SB—Patterson (17). CS—Patterson. S—Patterson, Martinez.

IP H R ER BB SO

Beloit

Hawes 6 2 0 0 2 4

Shinskie (L,4-4) 2 3 1 1 0 0

Clinton

Jimenez 7 6 0 0 3 6

Giles (W,1-0) 2 0 0 0 0 4

HBP—Patterson (by Jimenez). Umpires—NA. Time—1:57. Attendance—912.

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