Early Offense Not Enough in 4-2 Loss
LANSING, MI - Early offense by the Clinton LumberKings did not hold up in a 4-2 loss to the Lansing Lugnuts in a Sunday matinee at Cooley Law School Stadium. Clinton (20-9, 53-45) allowed a season high six stolen bases, half coming in Lansing's (15-14, 47-51) decisive three-run rally.
The LumberKings opened the scoring in the top of the first. Christopher Torres singled and Clinton proceeded to manufacture a run. Torres moved to second on a wild pitch - to third on a ground out - and then scored on a Peyton Burdick sacrifice fly to right.
In the top of the second, they added their second - and final run of the game. Following a Will Banfield single to open the inning, Thomas Jones doubled off the wall in left to put the LumberKings in front 2-0. The inning ended on a fly out to right that Jones attempted to tag from third on and was thrown out at the plate.
Lansing scored their only run of the game against LumberKings starter Remey Reed in the bottom of the third. The first of three errors allowed the leadoff man to reach and then score on an RBI ground out from Gabriel Moreno.
Raul Brito followed Reed to work the sixth and was hung with the loss for allowing the game's decisive rally. Lansing pushed three runs across on three hits, a walk, a wild pitch, error, balk, and three stolen bases that put the Lugnuts on top for good.
Brito (3-2) worked just the one inning for Clinton with all three of his runs allowed being earned.
Lugnuts starter Troy Miller (4-4) settled down after allowing the early runs to earn his fourth win of the year for seven innings of work. He surrendered four hits, while walking one and striking out seven.
The LumberKings will meet the Lansing Lugnuts for the third and final game of their three-game series starting on Monday night. Clinton will throw righty Jake Walters (1-3, 3.20) while Lansing will tap right Sean Wymer (5-8, 5.76). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (CDT). Fans looking to listen to the game can hear Erik Oas with the pregame show on 5:50 p.m. with the pregame show on 100.3 FM WCCI and online at lumberkings.com via the tunein radio app.
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