Another One Run Loss
Springfield traveled to New Ulm on Saturday night to take on the National Division leading Brewers. The Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Brewers battled back, handing Springfield their ninth one run loss of the season, 7-6.
The Tigers came out with their bats blazing, getting five hits in the top of the first, including RBI singles from Ryan Sturm and Chris Sturm. New Ulm hurler, Wade French, was able to strand three Tiger runners and get out of the inning down just two.
After Jake Miesen retired New Ulm in the bottom of the first, Ryan Beyer led off with a base hit. Matt Baier reached on a wild pitch on strike three. Beyer came in to score when Baier was erased on a double-play. Bob Fink ripped a two-out hit to get things going again. Ryan Sturm was hit by a pitch and Christian Loomis drove in Fink with a single, putting the Tigers on top, 4-0.
With eight hits through two innings, Springfield had more hits than they've had total in 13 of their 21 games. It looked like it would be a good night for the Tiger offense. Alex Fink led off the top of the third with a single, but was erased on the Brewers second double-play of the game. French then settled in and allowed just two more hits until he was relieved after the fifth.
The Brewers took advantage of a hit and a Springfield error to plate their first run in the bottom of the third. In the bottom of the fifth, Taylor Rolloff reached on a fielder's choice. With two out, he stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and then stole home to get New Ulm within two, 4-2.
Chris Peters came on in relief in the top of the sixth. After getting the first two outs, Marc Salazar ripped a single. Bob Fink was hit by a pitch. Ryan Sturm proceeded to come through with his second run-scoring single of the ballgame. Loomis followed with a double down the right field line to push the Springfield lead back to four.
Miesen ran into trouble in the bottom of the sixth. French started with a solo homer to left-center field. Three more hits, including a two-run double by Luke Altmann, made the score 6-5 and spelled the end of the night for Miesen. Jason Nachreiner came on in relief and got a strikeout to end the inning.
French got his third hit of the night when he mashed a triple off the fence, near the same spot his home run went over the fence, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Peters tied the game with a base hit down the third base line.
Nachreiner got himself into trouble in the bottom of the eighth, hitting the first batter of the inning. He then got two outs before hitting another batter. A base hit gave the Brewers a 7-6 lead.
After getting two runs off Peters in his first inning, he did not allow another Springfield hit. The only base runner the Tigers were able to muster was when Ryan Sturm was hit by a pitch to start the ninth. Working from the stretch didn't bother Peters, as he retired the next three batters to seal the New Ulm victory.
Alex Fink paced the Springfield offense with three hits in the ballgame. Marc Salazar, Ryan Sturm, Christian Loomis, and Chris Sturm all contributed two hits each. Matt Baier, Bob Fink, and Ryan Beyer added one hit a piece. Chris Peters earned the win for the Brewers, working the final four innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Jason Nachreiner took the loss in relief for Springfield, giving up two runs on four hits over two and one third innings of work. Congratulations to Scott Schaefer of the Brewers, who picked up his 500th career hit in the bottom of the seventh inning!
The Tigers fall to 5-12 in the league and 8-14 overall, with yet another tough loss. Next up, they'll take on former Tiger, Brandon Wilhelmi, and the Marshall A's in an exhibition game on Sunday night at 7:30pm in Marshall. See you there as Springfield looks to start turning around some of these one-run games!
|B. Fink, DH||4||3||1||0||0||2||HP|
|R. Sturm, CF||3||0||2||2||0||0||HP(2)|
|C. Sturm, LF||5||0||2||1||0||1|
|A. Fink, SS||5||0||3||0||0||1|
|Nachreiner (L, 2-1)||2 1/3||4||2||2||1||2|
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