LANSING – The Lansing Lugnuts had several opportunities for a victory Sunday afternoon, but ended up losing their third straight contest as the Clinton LumberKings took a 6-3 decision before 9,059 fans at Oldsmobile Park.
Clinton raced out to the lead in the first inning when Jonathan Greene lined an RBI single into right field that scored Engel Beltre. Cristian Santana followed that two batters later with a double off of the right field wall, plating Greene and making it a 2-0 game.
The LumberKings scored another run in the second before Lansing answered with a run of its own, as C.J. Ebarb dropped a single into left field that scored David Cooper, cutting the deficit to 3-1.
Lansing closed the gap further in the next frame when Eric Eiland singled, stole second, and scored on a Raul Barron base hit. Eiland was safe at home after enduring a collision with Clinton catcher Carlos Dominguez. Both men were a little shaken up, but both also stayed in the game.
The Lugnuts had several more opportunities to score throughout the game. Lansing had at least one baserunner in every inning, but left six runners in scoring position.
Clinton finally took advantage of the situation in the ninth inning against Lansing releiver Edgar Estanga, who was entering his fourth inning of relief. With one out, Miguel Alfonzo laced a single that plated Santana, pushing the lead to 4-2. Davis Stoneburner then put the game away with a two-run homer to right, making it a 6-2 contest.
Jorge Quintero (5-5) picked up the win for the LumberKings after hurling five innings. He allowed two runs on six hits in the outing.
Luis Perez (4-8) took the loss for the Lugnuts after allowing three runs in five frames. All three runs that he gave up came in the first two innings, as he was able to settle down and retire the final 10 batters that he faced.
Lansing (59-47, 20-16) will try to avoid the series sweep from Clinton (59-44, 18-18) Monday afternoon. Lansing's Marc Rzepczynski (5-3, 2.70) will face Clinton's Blake Beavan (6-6, 2.52) in the pitching matchup.
Monday is Summer Fun Day at Oldsmobile Park, with first pitch set for 12:05 p.m.