CLINTON — Despite a strong five innings fresh off the disabled list by Pat Peterson, the Clinton LumberKings fell for the sixth consecutive game Thursday night in Midwest League baseball.

Dayton won the series and set up an opportunity for a sweep. The Dragons scored two runs off Nick Kiel (1-3) in the eighth inning en route to the 4-2 win. Four pitchers combined to give up only one earned run for the Dragons.

Clinton scored first, but for the fourth consecutive game, the team that scored first lost. Newly named All-Star starting outfielder Estarlyn Morales doubled off Dayton starter Wyatt Strahan to begin the second inning. Morales scored three batters later on Martin Peguero’s RBI single. 

Strahan matched Peterson, as both starters allowed one earned run over five innings in a no-decision.

Dayton got the leadoff man aboard three times throughout the night, and each time, the Dragons scored. Gavin LaValley led off the fourth inning with a double and scored on a groundout. Narciso Crook was hit by a pitch to begin the seventh and scored on a groundout. Brian O’Grady doubled to begin the eighth inning and scored the eventual winning run on an RBI single by Avain Rachal.

Kiel recorded all three outs in the seventh inning after he allowed an inherited runner to score, but he gave up three straight hits to begin the eighth. O’Grady’s double, Rachal’s single and an RBI single by LaValley made it 4-2 Dayton, the eventual final.

Scott Brattvet (1-2) retired all four men that he faced over the seventh and eighth innings, while Joe Mantoni (first save) set down the side in order in the ninth. Kody Kerski pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for Clinton, as he was the only of Clinton’s four pitchers to not give up a run.

Amidst a season-long losing streak, Clinton will turn to All-Star Lukas Schiraldi (4-3, 3.69 ERA) for tonight’s 6:30 game at Ashford University Field. Schiraldi has allowed just two earned runs over his past two starts and has a 2.33 ERA over his past four outings. Dayton will counter with Junior Morillo, a Venezuelan left-hander who will make his 2015 debut.

Peterson’s return from the DL was one of six roster moves for the LumberKings on Thursday. Infielder Johmbeyker Morales and catcher Adam Martin both joined the team from extended spring training.

Meanwhile, infielder Gianfranco Wawoe was transferred to the Double-A Jackson roster, catcher Daniel Torres was promoted to High-A Bakersfield and left-handed pitcher Luiz Gohara was transferred to extended spring training.

DRAGONS 4, LUMBERKINGS 2

Dayton ab r h bi Clinton ab r h bi

Bueno 2b 5 0 1 1 Fields cf 4 1 1 0

Gonzalez ss 5 0 0 0 Mariscal ss 3 0 2 0

O’Grady dh 4 1 2 0 Mack lf 4 0 1 0

Rahcal 1b 3 1 1 1 Brito 1b 4 0 1 0

LaValley 3b 4 1 2 1 EMorales rf 4 1 1 0

Reynoso rf 4 0 1 1 DeCarlo 3b 4 0 1 0

Ortiz c 3 0 0 0 Taylor c 4 0 0 0

Crook lf 3 1 0 0 Peguero 2b 4 0 1 1

Benedetto cf 4 0 1 0 Zeutenhorst dh 3 0 0 0

Totals 35 4 8 4 Totals 34 2 8 1

Dayton 000 100 120 — 4

Clinton 010 000 100 — 2

E — LaValley (12), Reynoso (2). DP — Dayton 1, Clinton 1. LOB — Dayton 7, Clinton 8. 2B — O’Grady 2 (10), LaValley (10), EMorales (11). SB — Bueno (10). S — Mariscal.

IP H R ER BB SO

 Dayton

Strahan 5 6 1 1 2 3

Kivel 1 2/3 2 1 0 0 0

Brattvet W 1-2 1 1/3 0 0 0 0 1

Mantoni S 1 1 0 0 0 0 2

 Clinton

Peterson 5 3 1 1 2 4

Pierce 1 1/3 1 1 1 0 0

Kiel L 1-3 1 3 2 2 0 0

Kerski 1 2/3 1 0 0 0 2

WP — Peterson, Pierce. HBP — Crook (by Pierce). PB — Ortiz (5). U — Matt Bates (p), Aaron Higgins (b). T — 2:37. Att. — 1,094.

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