MIDLAND, Mich. — Omar Poveda tossed five-hit ball over seven innings to send the Clinton LumberKings to an 8-1 win over the Great Lakes Loons Thursday.

Poveda (11-4) fanned seven and issued just one walk while moving into a tie for the Midwest League lead in victories.

Paul Coleman (1-2) suffered the loss.

A pair of big innings were key for the Lumber-Kings, as they scored three runs in the first inning and five more in the eighth.

Jose Vallejo led off the game with a double to center field, moved to third on Chad Ogden’s sacrifice and scored on a wild pitch.

Mauro Gomez then singled before Chad Tracy belted his 12th homer of the year to make it 3-0.

Great Lakes scored its only run in the seventh inning off Poveda.

In Clinton’s half of the eighth, Gomez led off with a walk and went to third on Tracy’s single to right.

Tracy then stole second and David Paisano was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Manny Pina and Chris Kemp drew consecutive walks to drive in two runs.

Paisano scored on Jay Heafner’s sacrifice fly to center, Pina scored on a wild pitch and Kemp crossed the plate on Vallejo’s double to center.

Clinton hosts Cedar Rapids tonight and Saturday, with both games slated for 7 p.m.

LumberKing Note ... Left-handed pitcher Beau Jones, acquired by the Texas Rangers in a recent trade with Atlanta, has joined the Clinton LumberKings. Right-handed pitcher Jeremiah Haar has been transferred to short-season Spokane ... The first 200 fans to show their iwirieless phones get free admission to the tonight’s game. “We are excited to be teaming up with a great sponsor in iwireless for this free ticket giveaway,” said LumberKings’ General Manager Ted Tornow. For more information on the ticket giveaway, contact the LumberKings’ main office at 242-0727.

LUMBERKINGS 8, LOONS 1

CLINTON GREAT LAKES

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Vallejo 2b 4 1 2 1 Gonzalez ss 3 0 0 0

Ogden ss 3 0 0 0 Berezay lf 4 0 1 0

Lemon ss 1 0 0 0 Perez 1b 4 0 0 0

Gomez dh 4 2 2 0 Bell 3b 4 1 2 0

Tracy 1b 5 2 3 2 Taloa dh 3 0 1 0

Herren rf 3 0 1 0 Rivera dh 1 0 0 0

Paisano cf 4 1 0 0 Santana c 3 0 1 0

Pina c 3 1 0 1 VanSlyke rf 4 0 0 0

Bradbury lf 3 0 0 0 Mattigly 2b 2 0 0 1

Kemp 1b 0 1 0 1 Robinson cf 3 0 0 0

Heafner 3b 3 0 0 1

Totals 33 8 8 6 Totals 31 5 1 1



Clinton 300 000 050 —8

Great Lakes 000 000 100 —1

E—Santana, Robinson. LOB—Clinton 7, Great Lakes 6. 2B—Vallejo, Santana. 3B—Berezay. HR—Tracy (12). SB—Herren (11), Tracy (6), Bell (5). S—Ogden. SF—Heafner, Mattingly.

IP H R ER BB SO

Clinton

Poveda (W,11-4) 7 5 1 1 1 7

Izquierdo 2 0 0 0 1 1

Great Lakes

Coleman (L,1-2) 7 6 3 3 1 2

Brannon 1/3 1 5 5 4 0

Ramirez 1 2/3 1 0 0 1 1

HBP—Herren (by Coleman). WP—Coleman 2, Ramirez. Umpires—Hatch, Alper. Time—2:45. Attendance—4,337.

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