CLINTON — Two outs away from a 2-0 shutout win victory slipped away from the Clinton LumberKings as the Swing of the Quad Cities used a three-run ninth inning rally to earn a 3-2 win at Alliant Energy Field Thursday night.

The loss dampened Clinton’s first postgame fireworks show since the club hosted the Midwest League All-Star Game in 1998.

Clinton reliever John Slusarz retired the first batter in the top of the ninth before things went downhill. Quad Cities Donovan Solano singled and Slusarz was relieved by Tim Gudex.

The left-hander was promptly greeted by a towering two-run home run to straight-away center field by the Swing’s Steve Hill. Tim Dorn followed with a single.

With two outs Gudex (2-4) was replaced by Brett Zamzow. The first batter he faced, Luke Gorsett, hit a towering fly ball to left field.

L-Kings left fielder K.C. Herren apparently lost the ball in the night sky and it dropped near the left-field corner for a triple as Dorn raced around to put Quad Cities ahead 3-2.

Clinton’s Jose Vallejo opened the bottom of the ninth with a single to left-center field, but was thrown out at second on a very close play trying to stretch the single into a double.

With two outs Herren lofted a fly ball to left that Swing left fielder Daryl Jones dropped as he and shortstop Willian Sandoval converged. Herren reached second on the play.

The L-Kings were unable to capitalize, however, as Mauro Gomez popped up to end the game.

The majority of the game was a terrific pitchers’ duel between Clinton’s Omar Poveda and Quad Cities’ Tyler Herron.

Poveda retired the first 14 batters he faced and fired two-hit ball over seven shutout innings, striking out seven and not walking a batter. He faced just one batter over the minimum.

Herron faced the minimum 18 batters through six innings and hurled four-hit ball over his seven innings, allowing one run.

The first baserunner of the game came in the bottom of the fourth when the L-Kings’ Craig Gentry led off with a single. The Swing’s first baserunner was Gorsett who doubled with two outs in the fifth.

Clinton broke the scoreless deadlock in the seventh. Gentry led off with a single to center and moved to second on a balk.

Vallejo drew a walk before John Whittleman blasted a shot at Dorn, Quad Cities first baseman, who made a nice stop and narrowly threw out Vallejo at second.

With one out and runners at first and third Herren looped an RBI single to center. With runners at first and second and two outs Marcus Lemon reached on an infield hit as Swing second baseman Jaime Landin made a diving stop up the middle.

Whittleman raced around third and attempted to score on the play, but was gunned down by Landin.

Clinton made it 2-0 with another run in the eighth. Manny Pina led off with a single to center. Chris Kemp followed with a single to right as Pina moved to third. Pina scored when David Paisano hit into a double play.

The teams meet in the finale of the four-game home and home set tonight at 6 p.m.



ab r h bi ab r h bi

Jones lf 4 0 0 0 Gentry cf 4 1 2 0

Solano 3b 4 1 1 0 Vallejo 2b 3 0 1 0

Hill c 4 1 1 2 Whittlmn 3b 4 0 0 0

Grossman 1b 4 1 1 0 Herren lf 4 0 1 1

Reyes dh 4 0 0 0 Gomez 1b 4 0 0 0

Gorsett rf 4 0 3 1 Lemon ss 3 0 1 0

Landin 2b 4 0 1 0 Pina c 3 1 1 0

Ramirez cf 3 0 1 0 Kemp dh 3 0 1 0

Sandoval ss 3 0 0 0 Paisano rf 3 0 0 0

Totals 34 3 8 3 Totals 31 2 7 1

Quad Cities 000 000 003 — 3

Clinton 000 000 110 — 2

E—Jones. DP—Quad Cities 2, Clinton 1. LOB—Quad Cities 4, Clinton 3. 2B—Gorsett. 3B—Gorsett. HR—Hill (2).


Quad Cities

Herron 7 4 1 1 1 5

Carrasco W,2-0 1 2 1 1 0 0

Maiques S,19 1 1 0 0 0 1


Poveda 7 2 0 0 0 7

Slusarz 1 1/3 3 1 1 0 3

Gudex L,2-4 1/3 2 2 2 0 0

Zamzow 1/3 1 0 0 0 0

Balk—Herron. Umpires—Dan Oliver (plate), Jared Gary (bases). Time—2:11. Attendance—3,001.

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