Herald Staff Report
The Clinton Herald
---- — BURLINGTON — Clinton managed to score in just one inning Thursday night, but the LumberKings did enough damage in that short time to open the Midwest League baseball season with a 4-2 win against Burlington at Community Field.
Trailing 1-0, the LumberKings scored four times in the top of the sixth inning.
Ketel Marte led off the inning with a bunt single and took second on third baseman Michael Bolaski's throwing error. Dario Pizzano followed with a single to right field that sent Marte to third, and he scored when Guillermo Pimentel singled up the middle.
Patrick Kivlehan walked to load the bases, and the Bees replaced starting pitcher Brandon Love with Kurt Spomer.
Spomer struck out Gabriel Guerrero and got Taylor Ard to hit a ground ball to third, but the Bees could get only a forceout at second on the grounder, allowing Pizzano to score the go-ahead run. After a walk to Jabari Henry loaded the bases, Tyler Marlette capped the inning with a two-run single to right.
Four Clinton pitchers combined to limit Burlington to six hits. Both Burlington runs were unearned.
Jeremy Dobbs picked up the win in relief of starter Stephen Landzuri. Dobbs and Dominic Leone each pitched two innings of relief, and Grady Wood pitched the ninth to earn the save.