Herald Staff Report

PEORIA, Ill. — Unable to get much offense going, the Clinton LumberKings didn’t give themselves much margin for error as they clung to a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning Wednesday night.

There was no margin for an error, either, and that was Clinton’s downfall as it dropped a 3-2 Midwest League baseball game to the Peoria Chiefs at O’Brien Field.

Michael Brenly led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a double off Clinton reliever Ryan Moorer, but things didn’t look too bad for the LumberKings after Moorer struck out Francisco Guzman. Things looked even brighter when Moorer fielded a grounder from Josh Harrison, and the LumberKings caught Brenly in a rundown between second and third.

Unfortunately for the LumberKings, though, third baseman Nate Tenbrink committed a throwing error on a ball hit by Josh Vitters. Harrison scored from second on the error and Vitters advanced to second base.

Clinton brought in reliever Ruben Flores, and he walked two batters before throwing a wild pitch that allowed Peoria to score what proved to be the winning run.

The LumberKings, who fell a game behind third-place Peoria in the Western Division standings, managed just five hits. They did score first, though, getting a pair of runs in the third inning.

Denny Almonte reached on an error to open the inning and moved to second base on a balk. Two outs later, Scott Savastano walked and Kris Sanchez delivered a two-run double.

Peoria starter Christopher Archer retired the next two batters before Scott Savastano walked. Kris Sanchez followed with a two-run double.

Peoria got one run back in the bottom of the third on back-to-back singles by Harrison and Vitters and a double by Kyler Burke. Vitters also tried to score on Burke’s hit but was thrown out at the plate.

The Chiefs returned that favor in the seventh when they got Terry Serrano to ground into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.

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