It took 11 innings to do it, but the Clinton LumberKings finally ended their losing streak Tuesday with a 6-5 win over the Quad Cities River Bandits.
It was Clinton’s first win since May 28, when the LumberKings beat the Chiefs 11-8 in Peoria. The team lost 15 consecutive games in the interim, tying the Midwest League record set by the 1958 Clinton Pirates and matched by the 1975 Cedar Rapids Giants and the 1986 Kenosha Twins.
Clinton faced a tough opponent in Quad Cities, the Midwest League’s best team in the first half of the season. The LumberKings scored two runs in each of their first two frames, but the River Bandits responded with four runs in the top of the 3rd inning. The LumberKings took the lead back on a leadoff homer by Joe DeCarlo in the bottom of the 3rd, but the River Bandits tied the game again on a bases-loaded walk in the top of the 7th inning.
The game remained knotted 5-5 until the bottom of the 11th inning, when DeCarlo was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Chris Mariscal to end the losing streak in walk-off fashion. Mariscal had tripled with one out before River Bandits reliever Eric Peterson intentionally walked Estarlyn Morales and Taylor Zeutenhorst to load the bases.