CLINTON — The Clinton LumberKings have won just once since May 26, going 1-10 in the last few weeks.

Tuesday, Clinton returned home to Alliant Energy Field after getting swept in a four-game series at Wisconsin. But, the L-Kings could not snap out of their recent funk, dropping a 7-1 decision to the Beloit Snappers.

“We’ve hit a little rough patch,” LumberKings manager Andy Fox said. “A lot of things aren’t going right. This is where you learn to grind it out and battle through it. We can’t get in the habit of losing. You have to find a way to win.

“This is probably our worst drought of the year. But, the guys are playing hard and doing the things they need to do to prepare. We’re just not getting the results on the field that we need.”

Clinton did score first, pushing its lone run, which was unearned, across in the bottom of the first inning.

With two outs and nobody on John Mayberry singled to center field. Freddie Thon then reached on a fielding error by Beloit first baseman Erik Lis, with Mayberry moving to second.

Terry Blunt followed with a single to left, scoring Mayberry. Blunt went to second on the play and Thon took third on a throwing error by Snappers left fielder Tarrence Patterson.

Beloit scored in each of the next five innings, building a 7-1 advantage in the sixth.

The Snappers made it 1-1 with a run in the second inning. Lis drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second by Daniel Berg.

Lis went to third on a wild pitch by L-Kings starting pitcher Zach Phillips. Paul Kelly then reached on a fielding error by Clinton second baseman Jose Vallejo, with Lis scoring on the play.

The L-Kings put their first two batters on in the second inning as K.C. Herren walked and Joe Kemp singled to left. No. 9 hitter Brian Valichka then grounded into a double play, the first of three turned by the Snappers, with Herren moving to third on the play. He was stranded as Vallejo struck out to end the inning.

Beloit went up 3-1 with two runs in the third inning. Allan de San Miguel was hit by Phillips to start the inning. Toby Gardenhire moved de San Miguel to second with a sacrifice bunt.

Patterson then singled in de San Miguel. After Patterson was caught stealing Caleb Moore and Edward Ovalle cracked back-to-back doubles for a run.

The Snappers made it 5-1 with two more runs in the fourth. With one out Kelly doubled. He moved to third on a wild pitch by Phillips, then scored on a single by Eli Tintor. Tintor stole second and scored on Gardenhire’s two-out single.

The L-Kings put their first two batters on again in the fourth as Blunt singled to left and John Whittleman walked. But, Herren grounded into a double play before Kemp struck out, leaving Blunt at third.

Beloit added a run in the fifth and another in the sixth. With one out in the fifth Moore drew a walk, ending Phillips’ night as reliever J.B. Diaz came on.

Ovalle then reached on a fielder’s choice, with Moore being forced out at second. Lis and Berg drew walks to load the bases before Kelly’s infield hit plated a run. The Snappers left the bases loaded as Tintor grounded out to end the inning.

In the top of the sixth de San Miguel was hit by a pitch for the second time. Gardenhire then reached on an error by Diaz, who made an errant throw trying to force out de San Miguel at second.

Patterson reached on a fielder’s choice that moved de San Miguel to third. Moore then lofted a sacrifice fly to center to make it 7-1.

Ovalle followed with a single and Lis reached on an error to load the bases before Berg lined out to center to end the inning.

The L-Kings left two runners on in the seventh. With one out Herren was hit by a pitch. And, with two outs Valichka singled to left. But, Vallejo struck out to end the inning.

Clinton threatened in the eighth. With one out Mayberry doubled to left and Thon followed with a single to center, moving Mayberry to third. But, another double play thwarted the uprising as Blunt grounded into a twin killing.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth Kemp raked a double into the right-field corner before Valichka popped out to end the game.

Phillips (2-4) took the loss, allowing six runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings.



ab r h bi ab r h bi

Patterson lf 5 0 2 1 Vallejo 2b 4 0 0 0

Moore dh 3 1 1 1 Smith ss 4 0 0 0

Ovalle cf 5 1 2 1 Maybrry rf 4 1 2 0

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

Berg 3b 3 0 0 0 Blunt lf 4 0 2 1

Kelly ss 4 1 2 2 Whttlmn 3b 3 0 0 0

Tintor rf 4 1 1 1 Herren dh 2 0 0 0

deSanMigl c 2 2 0 0 Kemp cf 4 0 2 0

Gardnhre 2b 3 0 1 1 Valichka c 4 0 1 0

Totals 32 7 9 7 Totals 33 1 8 1

Beloit 012 211 000 —7

Clinton 100 000 000 —1

E—Lis, Patterson, Vallejo, Diaz, Smith. DP—Beloit 3, Clinton 2. LOB—Beloit 8, Clinton 8. 2B—Moore, Ovalle, Kelly, Mayberry, Kemp. SB—Tintor (2). S—Berg, Gardenhire. SF—Moore.



Sosa W,4-5 6 4 1 0 2 5

Lugo 2 3 0 0 0 2

Cordero 1 1 0 0 0 0


Phillips L,2-4 4 1/3 6 6 6 2 3

Diaz 1 2/3 2 1 0 2 0

Oakes 2 1 0 0 1 1

Altman 1 0 0 0 0 1

HBP—by Lugo (Herren), by Phillips (de San Miguel), by Diaz (de San Miguel). WP—Phillips 2. Time—2:51. Attendance—806.

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