MIDLAND, Mich. — The Clinton LumberKings' lumber remained quiet Saturday night as Great Lakes moved within one win of claiming its first-ever Midwest League pennant.
The Loons recorded their second straight 4-0 shutout of Clinton with the win, taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five Midwest League Championship Series and putting the LumberKings in a must-win situation for today's 1 p.m. game at Dow Diamond.
Clinton has not scored a run over the last 19 innings it has played since winning the opening game of the series 16-6.
After being limited to a pair of hits through five innings by Kevin Gadea, Great Lakes scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
A pair of walks put runners on the corners and sent Clinton to its bullpen, where Joey Strain struggled as he gave up hits to three of the first four batters he faced.
Strain, who had not allowed a run in three innings of postseason work, surrendered the game's first run when D.J. Peters lined a double into right.
Zach McKinstry followed by dropping a two-run double into left before Steve Berman left the LumberKings with a four-run deficit.
Clinton mustered just three singles in the game off of a trio of Great Lakes pitchers.
Caleb Ferguson, Andrew Istler and Shea Spitzbarth combined to strike out nine LumberKings while walking only one batter.
James Alfonso reached on a leadoff single in the fifth off of Ferguson, while Istler gave up a leadoff base hit to Conner Hale in the seventh and a one-out single to Chris Mariscal in the eighth.
Clinton managed to move only one runner beyond first base, Ricky Eusebio in the third when he reached second on the last of two Loons' errors in the inning.
Nick Neidert is scheduled to pitch today for the LumberKings.