The LumberKings had their best opportunity to score off Velasquez in the fifth. Taylor Ard led the inning with a walk, the first Clinton baserunner of the game. With two outs, Guerrero singled andLopes drew a walk to load the bases. Velasquez buckled down and retired Peguero on a fly out to center to end the inning.
The River Bandits got on the board in the seventh. With Richard Vargas on the mound, Terrell Joyce reached on a throwing error by Ketel Marte to start the inning. After Joyce advanced to third on groundouts, a walk set up runners on the corners. Vargas committed a balk by faking to third and throwing to first, a move outlawed over the past offseason. The balk allowed Joyce to score the only run of the game.
Clinton threatened in the ninth, getting the tying run to third base but no farther. Marte singled and Dario Pizzano walked to put the tying run in scoring position. Chia-Jen Lo induced back-to-back bounce outs from Ard and Marlette to end the game.
The LumberKings conclude the quick two-game series with Burlington at 7 tonight contest. Clinton sends right-hander Victor Sanchez (1-3, 2.62 ERA) to the mound, while Burlington turns to right-hander Reid Scoggins (1-4, 3.86).