CLINTON – The Clinton LumberKings couldn’t muster much offense against Burlington starter Pat Lowery in a 5-3 loss Wednesday night in Midwest League baseball at Ashford University Field.
Making his third start of the year for the Bees, Lowery limited Clinton to one run on two hits over seven innings. Jordy Lara singled to lead off the second inning and later scored on a fielder’s choice from Janelfry Zorrilla.
The run came after Burlington got to Clinton starter Matt Anderson in the top of the second. Back-to-back doubles by Sandy Martinez and Pedro Toribio plated three runners for the Bees.
Shortstop Chance Ross, playing in his first game with Burlington, added a laser-beam homer in the fourth inning to put the Bees on top 4-1.
Meanwhile, Lowery was dialed in. A 21st-round draft pick last year by the Los Angeles Angels and a college teammate of the LumberKings’ Dario Pizzano at Columbia, Lowery retired the final seven batters he faced.
The lead was extended to 5-1 on Chevy Clarke’s RBI double in the top of the ninth inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, the LumberKings threatened.
Tyler Marlette reached on left fielder Brennan Gowens’ error with one away. After Gaby Guerrero popped up for the second out, Taylor Ard smashed his second homer of the year to trim the lead to 5-3. Any comeback attempt to be was squashed by Garrett Baker, who retired Zorrilla on a popup to end the game.
The two teams play Game 2 of the three-game series at 6:30 tonight. The LumberKings send left-hander Scott DeCecco (3-4, 3.14 ERA) to the mound against Burlington right-hander Jake Boyd (2-3, 3.23). There’s a mini-notepad giveaway.