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Clinton Bats Shut Down by Fillmyer in 5-1 Loss

July 20, 2015 - Midwest League (MWL1)
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Beloit, WI - In their sixth and final game at Pohlman Field in 2015, the Clinton LumberKings (5-20, 31-63) remained winless at the home of the Beloit Snappers (12-12, 38-56). Despite a run in the top of the first inning, the LumberKings fell 5-1 and ran their losing streak to 11 games. Heath Fillmyer (W, 1-9), who entered the game winless in 13 starts with an ERA over seven, did not allow an earned run over six innings in his best start of the season. Clinton starter Jarrett Brown (L, 1-4) allowed a pair of runs over just 1.2 innings, which tied the shortest start of the season for a Clinton pitcher.

Clinton's lone run came courtesy of an error by Beloit shortstop Tim Proudfoot. He failed to field Chris Mariscal's ground ball in the first inning, and Pat Leyland followed with an RBI double. That was the lone run Clinton scored, and Proudfoot more than made up for the error with multiple other stellar plays throughout the afternoon.

The Snappers got the run right back in the bottom of the first inning, also courtesy of an error. Joe Bennie singled to centerfield and moved to third base on a failed pickoff attempt and error by Brown. He scored just a few pitches later on Yairo Munoz's RBI single, which tied the game at one.

Beloit took the lead for good with a run in the second. Brown walked Max Kuhn, Jose Brizuela, and Trent Gilbert, as the Snappers had the bases loaded with one out. Proudfoot struck out, but Brown walked Bennie, as Kuhn scored what ended up as the winning run. Ronald Dominguez came out of the pen and retired James Harris and stranded the bases loaded. The right-handed reliever allowed one unearned run over 3.1 innings of relief.

Fillmyer controlled the Clinton lineup through much of the game. He retired nine in a row following a leadoff walk to Joe DeCarlo in the second inning, and faced the minimum 12 hitters over his final four innings, despite three hits. A double play and two pickoffs kept Beloit ahead, and the Snappers put the game out of reach in the eighth.

Ahead 3-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, Beloit scored two runs, one earned, off of Thyago Vieira. Sandber Pimentel drew a walk to begin the inning and moved to second base on a passed ball. Pimentel scored on Brizuela's RBI single, while Brizuela scored on Gilbert's sacrifice fly that made it 5-1.

Clinton threatened with two outs in the ninth vs. Koby Gauna, as three straight men reached, but Taylor Zeutenhorst flied out to centerfield and ended the game. Clinton left on six men overall and went 1-5 with RISP. The LumberKings were outscored 17-7 in the series sweep.

The LumberKings now turn their attention to the Peoria Chiefs, as the middle series of the nine-game road trip will take place at Dozer Park in Peoria. That series gets underway Tuesday night at 7:00 CT, as Pat Peterson (4-5, 4.42) will match up with Peoria righty Luis Perdomo (5-7, 2.67). Peterson has not started vs. the Chiefs in 2015, while Perdomo is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in two starts vs. Clinton. The LumberKings broadcast of the series opener can be heard on WCCI 100.3 FM, WCCIRadio.com, and LumberKings.com.


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