BURLINGTON — The math has become pretty simple.

In order to make the postseason, the Clinton LumberKings must win every remaining game, while the Burlington Bees cannot win another game this season.

The LumberKings' 2-1 loss to Burlington on Wednesday night dropped them five games behind the Bees in the second-half wild-card race with five games to play.

Clinton will likely miss the Midwest League playoffs for just the second time in the past seven seasons. The LumberKings have two remaining games against Burlington, before returning home for three games against Western Division second-half champion Peoria.

The Bees, who stand on the brink of securing a playoff spot for the second consecutive season, broke a 1-all tie on Patrick Norris' RBI fielder's choice in the eighth.

The game had been a scoreless duel between rookie right-hander Andrew Carraway of the LumberKings and left-hander Ivor Hodgson of the Bees. The LumberKings finally broke through against Hodgson in the sixth, when Scott Savastano singled and Nate Tenbrink walked to put runners at the corners. Jake Shaffer lined a double just inside the third-base bag to score Savastano for a 1-0 Clinton lead and chase Hodgson from the game.

Dusty Odenback came on from the Bees bullpen, and the LumberKings missed a chance to cash in on further offense.

Shaver Hansen laced a ball towards center that would have scored two, but Norris made the catch on the run to end the inning.

It was Norris' speed on the bases that helped tiedthe score against Carraway in the bottom of the sixth. He reached on a two-out single into shallow left-center and stole second. Norris then came home when Adrian Ortiz reached on an infield single to the right side of the diamond.

Carraway exited after 52⁄3 innings, yielding just the run on four hits while striking out seven. Hodgson had a near identical line, giving up a run on four hits over 52⁄3 innings and striking out six.

LumberKings rookie left-hander Brian Moran stranded an inherited runner in the sixth and worked a perfect seventh, but gave up a leadoff single to Ryan Wood in the eighth.

Following a bunt single by Fernando Garcia, Moran, who took his third professional loss, then allowed the go-ahead fielder's choice to Norris that plated Wood.

Clinton could not come back against Bees right-hander James Thompson, who retired the side in the ninth to notch his eighth save. Odenbach ended up with the win with 21⁄3 scoreless relief innings.

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