Joey Krehbiel had no trouble finishing off the win for his fifth save. Chantz Mack flew out, and Corey Simpson and Martin Peguero went down swinging in the bottom of the 11th.
The LumberKings also went down fighting.
Burlington left a runner at third base to end the third, seventh, ninth and 10th innings.
“(Starter Edwin) Diaz did a very nice job throughout the game, then he turned it over to Kim, and he did a good job,” Steinmann said. “I’m proud of the way they pitched overall. A couple free bases here and there, that’s what cost us tonight.”
Clinton’s defense also came through as the L’Kings got out of the sixth with minimal damage when Burlington scored twice to take a 2-1 lead.
Erick Salcedo singled with one out, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch by Diaz. A single by Hinshaw scored Salcedo, but after stealing second base, Hinshaw was caught trying to steal third as Diaz threw to Peguero for the out. Fish walked, stole second and scored on Aguilera’s single to right field, but Aguilera was thrown out as he was caught between first and second.
Mack gave Clinton the opportunity to play on with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.
Austin Wilson and Justin Seager hit one-out singles, and Mack brought Wilson in from second with a single to right field. But pinch-runner Lonnie Kauppila was thrown out trying for third base. Simpson followed with a single that sent Mack to third, and Simpson advanced to second on the throw to third. But, Peguero — who doubled and scored Clinton’s first run in the fifth inning on Aaron Barbosa’s single — struck out to end the inning and send the game into extra innings.