Wilhelmi and A's Take Care of Tigers
Sunday night the Tigers took a trip to Marshall to take on former teammate Brandon Wilhelmi and the A's. Springfield was able to get an early lead off Wilhelmi, but the A's roughed up Tiger starter Jesse Berg for nine runs over four innings and cruised to an 11-5 win.
Alex Fink and Marc Salazar started the game with back-to-back singles. Matt Baier drove in Springfield's first run when he ripped a double. Wilhelmi then retired the next three hitters to get out of the jam.
A two-out walk started a rally for Marshall in the home half of the first. They followed with three straight hits to score three times, grabbing a 3-1 lead.
Alex Fink started the third inning with his second hit of the game. Matt Baier replaced him on base when he reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second on a Marshall error. Ryan Sturm came through with a single up the middle to drive in Baier and make the score 3-2.
Marshall again answered the Springfield run in the bottom of the third. They worked two straight walks. Three stolen bases, along with a wild pitch combined with two singles amounted to three more runs for the A's.
The A's kept scoring in the bottom of the fourth. They started the inning with two straight singles. Two Tiger errors helped them add three more runs in their column pushing their lead to seven, 9-2.
Derek Rignell relieved Wilhelmi in the top of the fourth. Springfield was able to get only one hit off Rignell as he worked the fourth through the seventh innings, but they did have two runners on base in three of his four innings of work, thanks to walks and hit batters.
Jordan Milbrath took over on the hill for the Tigers in the fifth. He struck out the side in his first inning and did not allow a hit during his two innings of work. Alex Frank retired the side in order, while striking out two in the seventh.
Brad Engel came on in relief for Marshall in the top of the eighth. He allowed just one hit in the inning, but walked two and hit a batter. His defense also let him down with two errors in the inning. All that mixed together allowed Spingfield to score three runs and get the tying run up to the plate, but Engel was able to get a groundout to end the inning with the score 9-5.
Alex Fink made his amateur mound debut in the bottom of the eighth. Marshall got two hits and along with a walk, two runs to make the score 11-5. Engel walked a batter in the top of the ninth, but the Tigers weren't able to spark a rally, making the final 11-5.
Alex Fink and Jordan Milbrath led the Springfield offensive attack with two hits each. Marc Salazar, Matt Baier, and Ryan Sturm all added on hit each. Derek Rignell earned the win in relief for Marshall, working four innings, giving up just one hit. Jesse Berg suffered the loss, giving up nine runs on eight hits over four innings.
The exhibition loss drops Springfield to 8-15 overall. Next up, they have another match-up against the New Ulm Brewers in Springfield. The game is also Marchant's Appreciation Night as the Tigers thank and honor local businesses for their support. See you at the ballpark!
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