PEORIA, Ill. — Denied a win about two hours earlier on a two-out, two-run home run in the ninth inning, Clinton used five consecutive hits in the 15th inning to pull out an 11-8 win against Peoria on Thursday night in Midwest League baseball.

Nick Thompson’s two-run shot in the ninth capped the Chiefs’ comeback from an 8-2 deficit and sent the game into extra innings.

The LumberKings made sure the game never got completely out of hand, though.

A one-out bunt single in the 15th inning by Rayder Ascanio started a stretch of five straight singles for Clinton after Tyler Bray (2-2) retired the first seven batters he faced in the 13th and 14th innings.

After Ascanio was caught stealing, Chantz Mack singled. With two strikes to the next batter, Kristian Brito, Mack took off for second base. Brito’s ground ball went right at the second base bag, and with Mack heading into the bag, neither the shortstop nor second baseman could field it. It was ruled a single.

Estarlyn Morales followed with a blooper down the right-field line that fell between Thompson, Justin Ringo and Andrew Sohn. Mack scored on the single, and Joe DeCarlo plated two more with the single that followed.

Troy Scott (2-1), who pitched a scoreless 14th inning, earned the win after facing just four batters in a scoreless 15th. The game took 4 hours, 51 minutes to complete, by far Clinton’s longest game in 2015.

Thirteen pitchers were used, including six by Clinton, and 498 total pitches were thrown. Arby Fields (0-for-6) had his nine-game hitting streak snapped in the loss, while Ascanio, Mack, Brito and Morales each finished with two hits. Oscar Mercado, Thompson and Sohn each finished with three hits for the Chiefs.

Both starters struggled.

Peoria starter Fernando Baez dug the Chiefs into an early hole, as Brito launched his fourth home run in the first inning, a two-run shot. But, Peoria evened the score in the bottom half of the inning against Tyler Herb, who allowed five earned runs over 3 2/3 innings.

The LumberKings then sent 11 men to the plate as part of a six-run second inning. Baez walked four, gave up four hits and was charged with a season-high eight earned runs. Mack highlighted the inning with a three-run double after Fields and Ascanio walked with the bases loaded.

After Peoria Manager Joe Kruzel took Baez out of the game, the Chiefs’ bullpen was nearly flawless until the 15th. The bullpen did not allow a hit between the second and 15th innings, a span of 41 Clinton batters. Meanwhile, Peoria scored one run in the bottom of the second, two in the fourth, one in the seventh and two in the ninth to pull even.

LUMBERKINGS 11, CHIEFS 8 (15 INNINGS)

Clinton ab r h bi Peoria ab r h bi

Fields cf 6 1 0 1 Jay dh 2 0 0 0

Ascanio ss 6 2 2 1 Bryan pr-dh 4 0 0 0

Mack lf 5 2 2 3 Mercado ss 7 3 3 0

Brito dh 7 2 2 2 Diekroeger 3b 7 1 2 1

EMorales rf 7 1 2 2 Ringo 1b 5 0 1 1

DeCarlo 3b 6 0 1 2 Thompson rf 7 2 3 3

Zeutenhorst 1b 6 1 1 0 Bean c 6 1 1 0

Torres c 5 1 0 0 Sierra cf 7 1 1 0

Wawoe 2b 4 1 0 0 Drake lf 7 0 1 0

Sohn 2b 7 0 3 3

Totals 52 11 10 11 Totals 59 8 15 8

Clinton 260 000 000 000 003 — 11

Peoria 210 200 102 000 000 — 8

E — Mack (2). DP — Peoria 2. LOB — Clinton 6, Peoria 10. 2B — Mack (8), Mercado (8), Drake (7). 3B — Diekroeger (2). HR — Brito (4), Thompson (5). SB — Sohn (9). CS — Mack (3), Ascanio (1). SF — Ringo.

IP H R ER BB SO

 Clinton

Herb 3 2/3 6 5 5 1 2

OMorales 2 1/3 2 0 0 0 2

Kiel 1 2/3 3 1 1 0 1

Kerski 1 1/3 2 2 2 0 3

Pierce 4 1 0 0 1 8

Scott W 2-1 2 1 0 0 0 1

 Peoria

Baez 1 1/3 4 8 8 4 2

Lomascolo 3 2/3 1 0 0 2 3

Villegas 3 0 0 0 0 3

Grana 2 0 0 0 2 2

Rowland 2 0 0 0 1 1

Bray L 2-2 2 2/3 5 3 3 0 2

De Leon 1/3 0 0 0 1 0

WP — Herb. HBP — Bean (by Herb). U — Matt Snodgrass (p), Zach Tieche (b). T — 4:51. Att. — 4,174.

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