CLINTON — The Clinton LumberKings avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of rival Quad Cities Wednesday by posting a 7-5 victory at Alliant Energy Field.

After back-to-back 5-4 losses, the LumberKings became just that — Lumber Kings — as they pounded out 12 hits including two solo home runs, one by John Whittleman and the other by Ben Crabtree.

Clinton is now 4-3 in the second half of Midwest League action and climbs to 27-49 overall. The Swing are also 4-3 to start out the second half and 38-37 overall.

Clinton starter, lefty Zach Phillips, had trouble controlling the Swing bats.

Quad Cities banged out nine hits and tallied five runs as Phillips couldn’t get past the fifth inning to qualify for the win.

The LumberKings’ relief corps was nothing short of spectacular. Right-hander Josh Giles came on in the fifth and went 2 2/3 innings to pick up his second win of the season without a loss.

He has pitched just over 22 innings this year and still hasn’t allowed an earned run.

Jose Marte came on for the eighth and ninth innings and the 6-foot-5 righty got six up and six down with a strikeout to record his team-leading fourth save of the year.

The Swing received a pair of hits from third baseman Daniel Nelson, shortstop Jose Martinez and first baseman Randy Roth.

However, starter Kyle Sadlowski, who falls to 4-3 overall, allowed 10 hits in just over three innings of work with six runs.

Whittleman went 2-for-3 and got on base all four times in the contest.

John Mayberry had a great game, going 3-for-4, and Joe Kemp collected two hits in four at-bats. In fact, every LumberKing hitter got at least one hit in the game except for left fielder K.C. Herren.

After Quad Cities scored twice in the second inning, the LumberKings evened things up in the bottom of the frame.

Whittleman led off with a homer to right before Kemp singled, stole second and scored on Crabtree’s sacrifice fly.

The LumberKings went ahead to stay in the third frame when Whittleman’s single plated Terry Blunt.

Clinton tacked on three more runs in the fourth. Crabtree homered to left with one out. Mayberry later singled in Matt Smith and a wild pitch allowed Blunt to score.

Quad Cities answered with three runs in the top of the fifth to close within 6-5.

The LumberKings added an insurance run in the seventh when Whittleman reached second on an error with two out, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Kemp’s ground single to center.

Clinton now goes on the road for eight straight days, first playing a four-game set against Lansing and then another four-game series against Peoria.

The LumberKings return home July 7 to begin a four-game series against South Bend.

LUMBERKINGS 7, SWING 5

QUAD CITIES CLINTON

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Robinson lf 3 1 0 0 Vallejo 2b 5 0 1 0

Nelson 3b 4 1 2 0 Blunt dh 3 2 1 0

Rasmus cf 4 1 1 1 Mayberry rf 4 0 3 1

Roth 1b 4 0 2 0 Thon dh 4 0 1 0

BAnderson 3 1 1 1 Whttlmn 3b 3 2 2 2

Gabriel rf 4 1 1 0 Kemp cf 4 1 2 1

Martinez ss 4 0 2 1 Herren lf 4 0 0 0

Rowlett 2b 4 0 0 1 Crabtree c 3 1 1 2

Williams dh 4 0 0 0 Smith ss 4 1 1 0

Totals 34 5 9 4 Totals 34 7 12 6



Quad Cities 020 030 000 —5

Clinton 021 300 10x —7

E—Rasmus, Martinez, Roth. DP—Quad Cities 1. LOB—Quad Cities 4, Clinton 6. 2B—Nelson, Gabriel, Roth. HR—Whittleman (2), Crabtree (2). SB—Kemp (6). CS—Martinez, Smith. SF—Crabtree.

IP H R ER BB SO

Quad Cities

Sadlowski (L,4-3) 3 2/3 10 6 6 1 2

Moreno 2 1/3 0 0 0 1 4

Cairns 2 2 1 0 0 0

Clinton

Philliops 4 1/3 8 5 5 2 1

Giles (W,2-0) 2 2/3 1 0 0 0 2

Marte (Sv,4) 2 0 0 0 0 1

WP—Moreno, Cairns, Giles. Umpires—Schaufert, Boyle. Time—2:39. Attendance—1,721.

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