CLINTON — Clinton lost its home opener Saturday night with a 4-0 loss to the Kane County Cougars.
The LumberKings have not won their first home game in a season since 2007, and have yet to find their first win in 2017.
MLB.com No. 17 Seattle prospect Bryson Brigman had two of the LumberKings' five hits. All five hits were singles.
"Three games in, I don't think we're stressing too much," Brigman said. "I think we're okay, and just keep coming out and playing hard."
Clinton left nine men on-base.
"We're not on time with hitting the fastball, and I thought tonight we would do a better job with that," LumberKings Manager Pat Shine said. "It looked to me like we weren't quite as aggressive with the fastball as we should have been."
The LumberKings' best chance to core came with two outs in the eighth inning. With two men in scoring position, Cougars center fielder Anfernee Grier robbed Conner Hale on a diving catch that prevented both runs from scoring.
Marcus Wilson had the big hit for the Cougars in the fifth inning. Wilson hit a two-run triple to the right center field gap that scored Paxton De La Garza and Grier.
Wilson then scored on a single from Jasrado Chisholm.
Brandon Miller received his first loss of the season. The Clinton starter allowed seven hits, three earned runs, but struck out six.
Miller threw 74 pitches, and 53 of them were strikes.
"I felt pretty good tonight," Miller said. "It's a sigh of relief to just get the first one under your belt. To have a little bit of success is a boost of confidence as well."