BURLINGTON — After suffering losses in seven of their previous eight games, the Clinton LumberKings appear to be back on track.

Clinton earned a pair of victories over the weekend at Burlington, winning 6-3 Saturday and 5-2 Sunday.

In Saturday’s victory, third baseman Jay Heafner went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and belted the first homer of his pro career.

Jeremiah Haar (3-0) pitched six innings en route to earning the victory.

Clinton shot out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Marcus Lemon doubled and scored on another double by Craig Gentry.

Heafner, starting since usual third baseman John Whittleman was in San Francisco for the All-Star Futures Game, made the most of his chance.

He led off with an RBI single in the fourth to put Clinton ahead 2-1. Heafner later scored on a single by David Paisano.

Burlington closed within 3-2 in the fourth before Heafner belted a homer over the high wall in left field to put the LumberKings ahead by three.

Clinton made it 6-2 in the seventh when Jose Vallejo singled, moved to second on a passed ball, stole third and scored on Chad Tracy’s double to left.

Burlington scored a run in the eighth.

Haar scattered six hits and struck out four in his tenure on the mound. Chris Dennis worked a perfect ninth inning to earn his first save with the LumberKings.

On Sunday, Zach Phillips (9-2) pitched seven strong innings to spark the LumberKings.

He gave up six hits and fanned four.

Clinton opened the scoring in the second inning when Heafner’s sacrifice fly scored Paisano.

Burlington tied the game in the third before Clinton took the lead for good with three runs in the fourth.

With one out, Paisano and Chris Kemp singled before Heafner hit another sacrifice fly.

Kemp later scored on an error and Hunter Harrigan crossed the plate on Lemon’s double to left.

Clinton made it 5-1 in the seventh when Lemon singled, went to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and stole home.

Burlington scored once in the eighth to account for the final tally.

The teams meet again tonight at Burlington. Game time is 7 p.m.

After an off day for the Major League All-Star Game Tuesday, Clinton hosts the Swing of the Quad Cities in a rare morning game Wednesday. The first pitch is slated for 10 a.m.

LumberKing Note ... The Clinton LumberKings have announced that right-hander Ivan Izquierdo went to the disabled list with an injured rib cage. Right-hander Chris Dennis was been promoted from short-season Spokane to fill his spot in the Clinton bullpen.

SATURDAY’S GAME

LUMBERKINGS 6, BEES 3

CLINTON BURLINGTON

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Lemon ss 5 1 3 0 Robinson cf 4 0 0 0

Vallejo 2b 5 1 2 0 Mertins 2b 3 0 1 0

Gentry cf 5 0 1 1 Dickerson lf 4 0 1 0

Tracy dh 3 0 1 1 Everett dh 4 0 1 0

Herren lf 3 0 0 0 Thmpsn 3b 4 0 1 0

Pina c 4 0 1 0 Bianchi ss 4 1 2 0

Gomez 1b 4 2 3 0 Howell c 2 0 1 0

Heafner 3b 4 2 2 3 Soto pr 0 0 0 0

Paisano rf 4 0 1 1 Castillo 1b 4 1 1 1

Walton rf 4 1 1 2

Totals 37 6 14 6 Totals 33 3 9 3



Clinton 001 202 100 —6

Burlington 001 010 010 —3

E—Lemon, Gomez, Castillo. DP—Clinton 3, Burlington 2. LOB—Clinton 6, Burlington 6. 2B—Lemon, Gentry, Tracy. HR—Heafner (1), Castillo (1), Walton (1). SB—Vallejo (23), Bianchi (7). CS—Lemon, Everett.

IP H R ER BB SO

Clinton

Haar (W,3-0) 6 6 2 1 1 4

Lueke 2 3 1 1 1 1

Dennis (Sv,1) 1 0 0 0 0 1

Burlington

Di Pietro (L,4-5) 5 1/3 10 4 3 2 3

Santiago 3 2/3 4 2 1 0 3

HBP—Howell (by Dennis). PB—Howell. Umpires—Oliver, Gary. Time—2:43. Attendance—928.

SUNDAY’S GAME

LUMBERKINGS 5, BEES 2

CLINTON BURLINGTON

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Lemon ss 4 1 3 1 Robinsn cf 4 1 1 0

Vallejo 2b 5 0 1 0 Mertins 2b 4 0 0 0

Gentry cf 4 0 1 0 Everett dh 4 0 2 1

Tracy dh 5 0 0 0 Thmpsn 3b 4 0 0 0

Herren lf 5 0 1 0 Morizio c 3 0 1 0

Paisano rf 4 2 1 0 Bianchi ss 3 0 0 0

Kemp 1b 4 1 2 0 Walton lf 3 0 1 0

Heafner 3b 2 0 2 2 Peralta rf 3 0 0 0

Harrigan c 3 1 0 0 Turner 1b 3 1 2 1

Totals 36 5 11 3 Totals 31 2 7 2



Clinton 010 300 100 —5

Burlington 001 000 010 —3

E—Walton. DP—Clinton 2, Burlington 2. LOB—Clinton 9, Burlington 3. 2B—Lemon, Gentry, Everett. HR—Turner (7). SB—Gentry (22), Vallejo (24), Lemon 3 (11), Heafner (1), Robinson (18). SF—Heafner 2.

IP H R ER BB SO

Clinton

Phillips (W,9-2) 7 6 1 1 0 4

Garr 2 1 1 1 0 4

Burlington

Monzingo (L,7-8) 4 7 4 2 0 0

Hayes 2 2 0 0 02

Barrera 2 2 1 1 1 1

Wladyka 1 0 0 0 0 1

HBP—Morizio (by Phillips); Gentry, Harrigan (by Barrera). WP—Barrera. Umpires—Gary, Oliver. Time—2:37. Attendance—784.

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