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The Clinton Herald
---- — CLINTON -- Clinton finally found some offense and salvaged the final game of a four-game series against Beloit with a 5-0 victory Sunday afternoon in Midwest League baseball at Ashford University Field.
Shut out in two of the first three games -- they scored twice in the other one -- the LumberKings recorded their third shutout of the season to snap Beloit’s six-game winning streak. Clinton (22-19) went 6-4 on the homestand and remainsed in third place in the Western Division.
Clinton had just 12 hits combined in the first three games, including a 6-0 loss Saturday.
Early, it appeared the Snappers might have Clinton’s number again. Starter Bobby Wahl (0-3) retired the first 11 batters he faced before Jack Reinheimer hit a two-out single in the fourth inning. Wahl’s bid for a shutout ended one batter later. He surrendered a towering home run to Austin Wilson that made it 2-0. Wahl left the game after the Wilson home run on the hook for the loss.
Clinton struck for two more in the sixth inning off of right-handed reliever Junior Mendez.
After one-out singles by Corey Simpson and Reinheimer, Clinton executed a double steal that saw Reinheimer take second and Simpson score from third on the throw from catcher Jose Chavez. After Mendez retired Wilson, Justin Seager singled to Snappers third baseman B.A. Vollmuth, as Reinheimer scored from third to make it 4-0.
Meanwhile, Clinton starter Carlos Misell (5-2) kept Beloit’s bats silence. He remained in the game through the seventh inning, as he matched Lars Huijer’s seven-shutout-inning performance in the opener of the homestand in the finale. Misell struck out five and walked only one as he picked up his team-high fifth win.
Thyago Vieira pitched a scoreless eighth inning before Clinton added one more run in the bottom of the frame on three singles. Seager drove home Reinheimer to cap the scoring. Vieira put the first two men on in the ninth but got the next three in order to close the game.
Reinheimer extended his season-high hit streak to nine. He has hit .405 (15-for-37) with five RBIs and eight runs scored during the streak. Four LumberKings had a multi-hit game, after combining for zero multi-hit games over the first three games of the series.
Sunday’s win came one day after Beloit blanked Clinton for the second time in 24 hours.
Dylan Covey silenced the LumberKings after the Snappers swept a doubleheader 1-0 and 5-2 on Friday.
Covey, a fourth-round pick by the Oakland Athletics in 2013, got all the run support he needed before he even threw a pitch. The Snappers sent eight batters to the plate against Clinton left-hander Eddie Campbell and scored twice in the top of the first inning.
Herschel Powell walked to lead off the frame, the first of five walks issued by Campbell. After getting Melvin Mercedes on a lineout to center, four straight batters reached. Tyler Marincov singled, Vollmuth loaded the bases after reaching on Joe DeCarlo’s ninth error of the season and Jaycob Brugman brought home Powell with a run-scoring single.
The next batter, Ryan Huck, then popped what appeared to be a routine out to shallow right field, but second baseman Martin Peguero overran the ball, allowing another run to score.
Covey got out of an early jam when he induced a double play in the first after Clinton loaded the bases with one out. He escaped in the third and fourth, as well, stranding two runners each time.
Brugman doubled Beloit’s lead in the third with a two-run home run, and the Snappers chased Campbell in the fourth after he issued his fourth and fifth walks. Rafael Pineda came on in relief and promptly gave up a two-run double to Brugman, who entered the game with eight RBIs and finished with a career-high five.
Spotted with a six-run lead, Covey (3-2) was at his best over his final three innings pitched. He sat down the final 11 batters he faced after a Corey Simpson single with one out in the fourth. Clinton had just two base runners over the final five innings, one via an error and the other on a walk in the ninth.
The LumberKings are back on the road today, starting a four-game series at Peoria with a 6:30 p.m. game.