GENEVA, Ill. – Brisk temperatures cooled down the bats of both the Clinton LumberKings and Kane County Cougars Wednesday afternoon, as the teams combined for just seven hits, just over a third of their total, 19, from the previous matchup on Tuesday. Each team scored in just a single inning with pitching dominating on both sides.
Off of a victory vs. Kane County (5-9) less than a week ago, Pat Peterson (W, 2-1), who tossed six shutout innings on April 17 vs. the Cougars, pitched just as well Wednesday afternoon. The lone lefty in the Clinton (6-8) rotation allowed only two hits and one run over five innings in route to his second win. He allowed only five men to reach base and retired 10 of the last 11 Cougars that he faced.
Down 1-0 courtesy of an RBI single by Cody Regis in the second inning, Clinton took advantage of Cougars’ starter Brad Keller’s mistakes in the fourth. Keller (L, 0-2), who struck out a career high 10 in the loss, issued a lead-off walk to Alex Jackson, and then hit Joe DeCarlo on a two-strike pitch.
Estarlyn Morales tied the game with an RBI single to center field, which plated Jackson. Following a sacrifice bunt by Gianfranco Wawoe, Kristian Brito’s RBI groundout put Clinton ahead 2-1 in the fourth, the eventual final.
Rohn Pierce, Ryan Horstman, and Peter Miller (SV, 1) allowed only two hits over the final four scoreless innings for Clinton, while Bud Jeter and Jency Solis pitched three shutout innings for Kane County.
Just two Kane County starters recorded hits, as Cody Regis and Jose Queliz each went 2-4. The remaining seven starters combined to go 0-for-23 with five strikeouts. With a bunt base hit in the second inning, Wawoe extended his hit streak to a season and team high eight games, while Kane County first baseman Grant Heyman (0-3) had his league high 11 game hit streak end.