CLINTON — Playing at an unusual time of day had no ill-effects on Omar Poveda and the Clinton LumberKings.

Hosting the Swing of the Quad Cities in a rare 10 a.m. start, Poveda struck out a dozen while leading his team to a 2-1 victory Wednesday.

The day was dubbed Pack the Park with Kids Day, and the hosts gave the young fans at Alliant Energy Field plenty to cheer about.

John Whittleman’s two-run single in third gave the LumberKings all the scoring they needed, while Poveda stymied the Swing bats through seven innings.

“Poveda did an excellent job mixing pitches up and keeping their hitters off-balance,” said Clinton skipper Mike Micucci. “He made the one bad pitch where he hung a breaking ball and their guy (Jared Schweitzer) put a real good swing on it and homered.”

Was it the best outing of the season for Poveda (9-3), who scattered three hits and walked just one?

“That’s hard to say because he’s had so many good efforts,” said Micucci. “He’s had six or seven just like this one. In fact, the last time he faced these guys he left in the seventh inning leading 2-0 or 1-0.”

Even though the LumberKings tallied two runs, it easily could have been more.

Marcus Lemon led off the bottom of the first with a triple to right field, but was stranded when Elvis Hernandez (5-7) struck out the next three LumberKings.

The LumberKings threatened again in the second when Manny Pina singled to right-center with one out. He reached second and was heading to third on Wally Backman’s single, but Backman was tagged out between first and second to end the threat.

Clinton finally got on the board in the third.

David Paisano was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame and Lemon delivered a double off the right-field wall to put runners on second and third.

Whittleman followed with a single through the right side of the infield to score both runners.

The LumberKings had runners in scoring position in both the fourth and fifth innings (Pina and Jose Vallejo), but couldn’t capitalize.

In the sixth, with two out, Schweitzer sent a Poveda offering over wall and onto the berm in left field to give the Swing their lone run.

After Steve Hill singled, Poveda fanned Christian Reyes to get out of the inning.

Brennan Garr worked the eighth and ninth frames to earn his fifth save of the year. He gave up just one hit and struck out three.

Besides Lemon, Pina also had two hits to help spark Clinton’s offense.

“Looking back at the game, we had one big hit to punch across two runs and they had one big hit to score their run,” said Micucci. “Other than that, it was good pitching and good defense.”

The lone error of the contest was committed by Poveda, who overthrew Mauro Gomez at first base.

Micucci said he enjoyed the chance to play a morning game.

“It kind of breaks up the monotony,” he said. “For us, it’s kind of like an off day. We just kind of showed up and played. I feel bad for them (the Swing) since they had to commute. It’s much tougher on them than us.”

After an off day today, Clinton heads to Dayton for a four-game series. All four games of the series, which runs Friday through Monday, begin at 6 p.m. Clinton time.

LumberKing Note ... Several LumberKings will take to the Mississippi River today for a bass tournament in conjunction with the Gateway Bass Club. Fourteen LumberKings will participate with seven local fishermen. Each boat will have two players and one boater. The boats leave at 7 a.m. from the Ninth Avenue boat ramp and return at noon for the weigh-in.



ab r h bi ab r h bi

Jones cf 4 0 1 0 Lemon ss 4 1 2 0

Schweitzr 1b 2 1 1 1 Vallejo 2b 4 0 1 0

Hill lf 4 0 1 0 Whttlmn 3b 4 0 1 2

Reyes dh 4 0 0 0 Tracy lf 4 0 0 0

Grossman c 4 0 1 0 Herren rf 4 0 1 0

Lopez pr 0 0 0 0 Pina c 4 0 2 0

Gorsett rf 4 0 0 0 Gomez 1b 3 0 1 0

Landin 2b 4 0 0 0 Backman dh 2 0 1 0

Alvarado 3b 3 0 0 0 Paisano cf 1 1 0 0

Sandoval ss 3 0 0 0

Totals 32 1 4 1 Totals 30 2 9 2

Quad Cities 000 001 000 —1

Clinton 002 000 00x —2

E—Poveda. LOB—Quad Cities 6, Clinton 7. 2B—Grossman, Lemon. 3B—Lemon. HR—Schweitzer (8). SB—Jones (16), Vallejo (26). CS—Whittleman. S—Backman.


Quad Cities

Hernandez (L,5-7) 5 7 2 2 0 8

Cairns 2 1 0 0 0 1

Mura 1 1 0 0 0 1


Poveda (W,9-3) 7 3 1 1 1 12

Garr (Sv,5) 2 1 0 0 1 3

HBP—Paisano (by Hernandez, Cairns). WP—Poveda. Umpires—Boykins, Barbour. Time—2:15. Attendance—1,004.

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