PEORIA, Ill. — Clinton pitchers handled the major leaguer successfully Tuesday night, but Peoria used one big inning to defeat the LumberKings 4-3 in Midwest League baseball at Dozer Park.

With Clinton leading 2-1, reliever Troy Scott (1-1) entered to begin the sixth inning for Clinton. Scott retired the first man he faced, but then allowed five hits in a span of the next six batters. Justin Ringo’s RBI triple tied the game, and Danny Diekroeger’s RBI single put Peoria ahead 3-2. The Chiefs added another on Blake Drake’s RBI single, the eventual game winner.

The LumberKings pulled within 4-3 in the seventh and left the tying run in scoring position in each of the eighth and ninth innings.

Blake McKnight allowed a one-out triple to Clinton’s Arby Fields in the seventh. Fields later scored as Rayder Ascanio reached via an error by Chiefs second baseman Darren Seferina.

The LumberKings left the tying run at third base in the eighth when Tyler Bray retired Gianfranco Wawoe to end the frame. Bray allowed a leadoff single to Fields in the ninth. After Aaron Barbosa fouled out to catcher Steve Bean on a sacrifice bunt attempt, Fields stole second base, but Bray struck out both Ascanio and Chris Mariscal to earn his first save.

Clinton jumped to an early lead against Peoria starter Daniel Poncedeleon (5-0) in the first inning. After Ascanio reached on an error by Chiefs shortstop Oscar Mercado, Chris Mariscal followed with his first home run of the season, a blast that put the LumberKings ahead 2-0.

After the home run to Mariscal in the first, Poncedeleon cruised through much of the next five innings. Clinton left just one runner on base through the first five innings, and the Peoria starter stranded the bases loaded with a strikeout of Taylor that ended the sixth.

Zack Littell was even more effective.

In just his third start with the LumberKings, the 19-year-old Littell put together a second straight good outing and retired St. Louis Cardinals outfielder John Jay all three times that he faced him. Jay is in Peoria on a rehab assignment. Over five innings, the Chiefs managed just four hits off Littell.

Fields extended his hitting streak to eight games, while Mariscal’s home run lengthened his to a season-high nine games. Estarlyn Morales (0-for-3) and Barbosa (0-for-5) had their respective seven-game streaks snapped.

CHIEFS 4, LUMBERKINGS 3

Clinton ab r h bi Peoria ab r h bi

Barbosa lf 5 0 0 0 Jay cf 4 0 0 0

Ascanio ss 5 1 1 0 Mercado ss 4 0 0 0

Mariscal dh 5 1 1 2 Bryan lf 4 1 2 0

Brito 1b 4 0 2 0 Ringo 1b 4 1 2 1

Ward pr-2b 0 0 0 0 Diekroeger 3b 3 1 1 1

EMorales rf 3 0 0 0 Bean c 3 0 1 0

DeCarlo 3b-1b 3 0 1 0 Sierra dh 4 0 1 0

Taylor c 4 0 0 0 Drake rf 3 1 2 1

Wawoe 2b-3b 4 0 1 0 Seferina 2b 1 0 0 0

Fields cf 4 1 2 0

Totals 37 3 8 2 Totals 30 4 9 3

Clinton 200 000 100 — 3

Peoria 001 003 00x — 4

E — Mercado (14), Seferina (2). DP — Clinton 1. LOB — Clinton 9, Peoria 7. 2B — Ascanio (1). 3B — Brito (1), Fields (1), Drake (1), Ringo (2). S — Bean. 

IP H R ER BB SO

 Clinton

Littell  5 4 1 0 2 4

Scott L 1-1 2/3 5 3 3 0 0

Pierce 1 1/3 0 0 0 1 0

Kerski 1 0 0 0 1 0

 Peoria

Poncedeleon W 5-0 6 4 2 1 2 4

McKinight 1 2/3 3 1 0 0 2

Bray S 1 1 1/3 1 0 0 0 2

WP — Bray. PB — Taylor (4). U — Matt Snodgrass (p), Zach Tieche (b). T — 2:36. Att. — 2,272.

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