Milbrath Key As Tigers Win In Ninth
A rainy weekend required the Tigers to adjust their Sunday schedule. Their game against Leavenworth was moved to 4pm on Sunday so they could make-up their game originally scheduled for Friday night against Sleepy Eye at 7:30pm. Each team scored two early runs before trading zeros for most of the ballgame. Jordan Milbrath had a big game getting two of Springfield's three hits and driving in all four runs for the home team, including two in the bottom of the ninth, to give the Tigers a 4-3 win.
With Matt Tews on the mound, Leavenworth took advantage of a first inning error by Springfield to take a 1-0 lead. A lead-off walk in the top of the second, followed by a double, put the Orioles on top 2-0.
In the bottom of the second, Marc Salazar started things by being hit by a pitch. A sacrifice bunt by Bob Fink moved him into scoring position. A Leavenworth error put runners on first and third for the Tigers. After a ground out, which put runners at second and third, Milbrath came through with a two-run single to tie the game at two.
Tews and Oriole hurler, Chad Armbruster, kept the opposition off the scoreboard through the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, Andy Cook drew a two-out walk. A stolen base and wild pitch moved him around to third base and he came in to score on a Springfield miscue, putting Leavenworth on top, 3-2.
Leavenworth turned to Briar Braulick to start the bottom of the seventh and he retired the Tigers in order. Tews was lifted for Jason Nachreiner with two-out and two on in the top of the eighth. Nachreiner allowed a base hit to the first batter he faced, but Milbrath threw a bullet in from right field and got the runner at the plate to end the inning.
Springfield trailed 3-2 going into the bottom of the ninth. After the first batter was retired, Chris Sturm and Christian Loomis drew back-to-back walks. Then Milbrath came through again, driving a double to right-center field. In a close play at the plate, pinch runners Danny Christensen and Ryan Beyer scored one right after the other to give the Tigers the walk-off win.
Jordan Milbrath accounted for most of the Tiger offense with two hits and four RBIs. Bob Fink was the only other Tiger to get a hit in the game. Jason Nachreiner picked up the win for Springfield, moving his record to 2-0 on the year, as he worked the final inning and one third. Briar Braulick was the losing pitcher for Leavenworth, working two and one third innings and allowing two earned runs.
The win marked the second time Springfield won a one-run game on the season. It moved the Tigers' record to 4-9 and 7-11 overall for the season. Next up for Springfield would be a 7:30pm contest with Sleepy Eye to make-up the game originally scheduled for Friday night.
|A. Fink, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||SAC|
|R. Sturm, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1|
|B. Fink, DH||3||0||1||0||0||0||SAC|
|C. Sturm, LF||1||1||0||0||2||0||SAC|
|Nachreiner (W, 2-0)||1 1/3||2||0||0||0||2|
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