PEORIA, Ill. — The Peoria Chiefs scored a run in the third inning and it held up as they edged the Clinton LumberKings 1-0 in Midwest League baseball action Monday night.

With two outs in the bottom of the third Peoria’s Davy Gregg singled. Gregg stole second before Robinson Chirinos drew a walk.

Mark Reed then singled to right, plating Gregg. Chirinos also tried to score on the play, but was retired in a rundown between third base and home plate.

Clinton threatened in the sixth. Terry Blunt drew a leadoff walk. He was forced out at second on a fielder’s choice by Matt Smith.

With two outs Freddie Thon, who had three of the team’s five hits, singled to center, moving Smith around to third. But, the runners were left at first and third when John Mayberry lined out.

The L-Kings made a bit of a threat in the ninth. With one out Mayberry walked and Truan Mehl followed with a single to left, with Mayberry stopping at second.

Peoria reliever Matt Avery worked out of trouble, however, striking out Brian Valichka before getting K.C. Herren popped out to end the game.

Clinton’s Jacob Rasner (3-7) was the tough-luck loser, allowing a run on seven hits and a pair of walks over six innings. He struck out six.

Todd Blackford (6-2) got the win, hurling 6 2/3 shutout innings of four-hit ball.

The Chiefs have taken the first three games of the four-game series that concludes tonight at 7:00.

Clinton opens a four-game home set with Burlington on Thursday.

CHIEFS 1, LUMBERKINGS 0

CLINTON PEORIA

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Blunt lf 2 0 0 0 Chirinos 2b 3 0 2 0

Smith ss 4 0 0 0 Reed c 4 0 1 1

Whittlmn 3b 4 0 0 0 Valdez lf 4 0 1 0

Thon 1b 4 0 3 0 Norwood 1b 3 0 0 0

Mayberry rf 3 0 0 0 Carter rf 2 0 1 0

Mehl cf 4 0 1 0 Reynlds 3b 3 0 1 0

Valichka c 3 0 0 0 Taylor dh 3 0 0 0

Herren dh 4 0 1 0 Johnston ss 3 0 0 0

Vallejo 2b 2 0 0 0 Gregg cf 3 1 2 0

Totals 30 0 5 0 Totals 28 1 8 1



Clinton 000 000 000 —0

Peoria 001 000 00x —1

E—Reynolds. DP—Peoria 2. LOB—Clinton 8, Peoria 5. 2B—Chirinos. 3B—Reynolds. SB—Herren (3), Chirinos (14), Carter (1), Gregg (13). CS—Gregg.

IP H R ER BB SO

Clinton

Rasner L,3-7 6 7 1 1 2 6

Giles 2 1 0 0 0 1

Peoria

Blackford W,6-2 6 2/3 4 0 0 2 2

Teasley 1 1/3 0 0 0 0 1

Avery S,1 1 1 0 0 1 1

HBP—by Blackford (Blunt, Valichka). Umpires—Mario Seneca (plate), Zach Bucher (bases). Time—2:20. Attendance—2,119.

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