CLINTON — Clinton center fielder Ricky Eusebio has bragging rights in the LumberKings' clubhouse.
Eusebio hit a two-run home run in the first inning, but it didn't provide enough of a spark in a 10-6 loss to Beloit (4-1) on Monday night in Midwest League baseball.
The Homestead, Florida, native tied the game at 2-2 after Luis Liberato singled on a line drive off Beloit starter Angel Duno.
In the pitch before Eusebio hit his long ball, the former Miami Hurricane admitted he had swung at a bad pitch and needed to regroup.
"I was actually looking for something on the outer part, but (Duno) hung a slider inside and (I) put a good swing on it," Eusebio said. "The ball kind of carried."
It's been more than a year since Eusebio homered. During his junior season at Miami, Eusebio homered twice in a week, including his first career homer.
So are there bragging rights?
"Right now, we probably won't talk about it because we lost, but it'll definitely come up," Eusebio said. "It's definitely a spark. Everyone wants to do it, and it gets people going. People love the long ball."
His first career homer came March 20, 2015, against Wake Forest, then he hit his second homer seven days later against North Carolina State. Both of those home runs came on the road.
"Ricky is doing a really nice job putting together some quality at-bats," LumberKings Manager Mitch Canham said. "They score. We score. And, that's great. That's answering back in the first inning, and if you can answer back like that, it gets the team back into it."
Beloit led off the first inning with a two-run double from Chris Iriart. LumberKings (2-2) starter Nick Wells allowed seven runs on seven hits on his 3 1/3-inning outing on Monday.
"I think Beloit can swing it pretty well, and we have to be able to work all angles of the plate," Canham said. "I think (Wells) has good stuff. He'll continue to develop. We'll flush this start, learn from it."
Iriart was a triple shy of the cycle.