Orioles Hold Off Tigers
On Thursday night the Tigers traveled to Leavenworth to play a game originally scheduled for Saturday, June 12th, that was postponed by rain. The theme of the night would be pitching and strikeouts, as the pitchers in the ballgame combined for 24 Ks. Springfield had opportunities in each of the final two innings, but fell in their tenth one-run loss of the season.
Springfield sent Jordan Milbrath to the hill. He was able to strand three runners in scoring position in the first two innings, but the Orioles got on the board in the bottom of the third on a lead-off double by John Cook. Cook scored on a Springfield error, giving the Orioles a 1-0 lead.
The top of the fourth saw Bob Fink draw a one-out walk. Matt Baier moved him up to second and with two down Marc Salazar dropped a double down the leftfield line to even things at one.
Milbrath's defense didn't help him much in the bottom of the fifth. A catcher's inference, along with two hits and two Springfield errors allowed Leavenworth to plate two to go up 3-1.
Each time Leavenworth scored, it seemed to get the Tigers to score in their next at-bat. Milbrath helped himself with an infield single to start the sixth. Fink moved him up with a sacrifice bunt. Brady Schwab moved Milbrath to third before Baier drove a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Milbrath and getting the Tigers within one, 3-2.
Milbrath kept the Orioles from scoring in the sixth and seventh before giving way to Jesse Berg. Berg faced just three batters in the bottom of the eighth, getting two strikeouts.
Springfield had opportunities to tie the game in each of the final two innings off Orioles hurler, Andy Cook. However, Cook was able to work out of each jam with a strikeout to end each Springfield rally, preserving the 3-2 victory.
The middle of the Springfield order accounted for all of their offense. Brady Schwab and Marc Salazar had two hits each. Jordan Milbrath and Matt Baier added one hit each. Andy Cook earned the complete game win for Leavenworth, allowing two runs, while striking out fourteen. The loss went to Milbrath, dropping him to 2-2 on the season. Milbrath went seven innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits, with eight strikeouts.
The Tigers are 9-18 overall and 6-15 in the Tomahawk East on the season. Just one contest remains on the 2010 regular season schedule. Springfield will travel to Stark on Friday night for an 8pm matchup. Come cheer on the Tigers as they look to head into postseason play with a win!
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