The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

June 12, 2013

Clinton wins with rally

By Brenden West
Assistant Sports Editor

---- — CLINTON — Comeback mayhem ensues in Clinton. On Tuesday night, it was Brock Hebert’s and Tyler Marlette’s turns to come up.

The LumberKings were down 4-2 to Peoria entering the eighth inning, with all the big hits seeming to come from the other dugout. Clinton managed only five hits entering the frame, hardly touching Chiefs’ starter Silfredo Garcia, who finished with seven strikeouts in as many innings. The previous inning, Garcia struck out three with two batters looking and Janelfry Zorrilla fanning on two straight breaking balls.

In the eighth, with two outs, Marlette took the plate with runners on first and third. He knocked the ball to left center to reach second, scoring Ketel Marte and Patrick Kivlehan to tie the game 4-4. After two more walks, Hebert took the batters box with a chance to put Clinton ahead, but at that point he was 0-for-3 on the night.

“They had a good starter on the mound,” Hebert said of Garcia. “With those guys you just have to keep competing, keep competing... We kind of stuck with the same approach. I got my fastball and put a good swing on it.”

Marlette scored on a wild pitch to break the tie, then Hebert singled to center field to score Zorrilla. Although Jordy Lara was thrown out at the plate to end the side, it was too late for Peoria, down 6-4 going into the final inning.

After Clinton closer Grady Wood’s shutout ninth, striking out Jimmy Parque for the final out, it made the bottom of the Clinton lineup Tuesday’s clutch performers.

“It’s just like everything fell into place at the right time,” Clinton manager Eddie Menchaca said. “I think it’s more about better at bats at the end of the game that matter the most. That’s why baseball’s a great game; it all happened with two outs.”

The Chiefs were in control for a majority of the game. Shortstop Ildarmo Vargas opened things up with a double off LumberKings’ starter Tyler Pike in the first inning. Vargas scored on a grounder to left field from teammate Jordan Walton to give Peoria the lead, 1-0. Were it not for a leaping grab at the fence by Zorrilla in the second inning, Peoria may have padded more runs early.

In the fourth inning, Nick Martini had a sacrifice RBI to make it 2-0. The LumberKings answered with two runs in the bottom half, but two innings later, Peoria’s Jeremy Schaffer belted one over right-center to retake the lead.

The sixth would be Pike’s last inning, and he was thankful to earn the no-decision after leaving the game trailing 4-2.

“It’s great having guys come in and help you out even when things aren’t going your way,” Pike said. “You feel a little more confident on the mound knowing they’re going to back you up.”

Pike finished with five strikeouts, while Wood earned the win on three innings of one-hit ball.

Clinton hosts Peoria tonight and tomorrow in Games 2 and 3 of the series. Both games start at 7 p.m.

LUMBERKINGS 6, CHIEFS 4

Peoria ab r h bi Clinton ab r h bi

Valera lf 4 0 0 0 Henry cf 3 0 0 0

Vargas ss 4 1 1 0 Marte ss 4 1 2 0

Wilson 2b 3 1 1 0 Pizzano lf 4 0 0 0

Walton dh 3 0 1 1 Ard 1b 4 1 1 0

Schaffer 1b 4 2 3 2 Kivlehan dh 3 2 1 1

Wisdom 3b 3 0 0 0 Marlette c 4 1 1 2

Martini cf 2 0 0 1 Zorrilla rf 3 1 1 0

Montero c 3 0 1 0 Lara 3b 3 0 1 0

Parque rf 4 0 0 0 Hebert 2b 4 0 1 1

Totals 30 4 6 4 Totals 32 6 8 4

Peoria 100 102 000 -- 4 6 2

Clinton 000 200 04X -- 6 8 0

E -- Schaffer (2), Wisdom (11). DP -- Clinton 1. LOB -- Peoria 5, Clinton 6. 2B -- Vargas (10), Zorrilla (5), Ard (13), Kivlehan (11), Marlette (8). HR -- Schaffer (3). SAC -- Walton. SF -- Martini.

IP H R ER BB SO

Peoria

Garcia 7 5 2 1 1 7

Tuivailala BS, L, 0-2 2/3 2 3 3 1 0

Stock 1/3 1 1 1 2 0

Clinton

Pike 6 5 4 4 2 5

Wood W, 3-2 3 1 0 0 1 1

WP -- Stock, Pike. HBP -- Montero. U -- Ted Timbrook (p), Jeff Andrews (1b), Jason Starkovich (3b). T -- 2:25. Att. -- 1,013.