Orioles Beat Tigers With Just Two Hits
After a week off for the Fourth of July holiday and the Tomahawk East All-Star Game, the Tigers returned to action on the road at Leavenworth. Hits were at a premium as the teams combined for just eight total. Leavenworth took advantage of walks and Tiger miscues to score three runs and top Springfield, 3-1.
Leavenworth sent southpaw Gabe Hirsch to the mound. He worked efficiently facing no more than four batters during the first four innings.
Springfield countered with Jordan Milbrath. Milbrath walked one batter in both the first and second innings, but kept Leavenworth off the scoreboard. In the third, Pete Schwartz led off with a base hit. A sacrifice bunt, along with a fly out moved him around to third. Milbrath got a two-out ground ball, but a Springfield error extended the Oriole inning and gave them a 1-0 lead.
Marc Salazar started things in the top of the fifth with a single. A sac bunt by Christian Loomis moved him up to second. Zach Bisel ripped a clutch, two-out single to drive in Salazar and tie the game at one.
The Orioles took advantage of two walks and a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth to get runners on the corners with two down. Andy Cook hit what appeared to be a routine fly ball, but the Springfield outfielders lost it in the tough twilight sky and it fell in for a two-run double. Milbrath filled the bases with a walk and a hit batter, but got out of the inning with a ground ball.
Briar Braulick came on in relief in the top of the sixth. He worked the final four innings, keeping Springfield off the scoreboard. Alex Frank took over the pitching duties for Springfield in the bottom of the sixth and faced just one batter over the minimum as he worked the final three innings for the visitors.
Zach Bisel and Marc Salazar accounted for two-thirds of the Tiger offense with two hits a piece. Alex Fink and Christian Loomis rounded out the Springfield attack with one hit each. Gabe Hirsch earned the win for Leavenworth, going five innings, allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts. Jordan Milbrath took the loss, dropping him to 1-2 on the season. Milbrath also worked five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on two hits, with three strikeouts, but five walks. Briar Braulick earned a four inning save for the Orioles, giving up three hits, while notching six strikeouts.
The loss was Springfield's third straight and drops them to 7-6 in league play and 8-10 overall. The Tigers have nine league contests remaining, seven of which are set to be played at home. They'll look to capitalize on that home field advantage and put together some wins, starting on Friday night when they play host to the Stark Longhorns. Come on down and cheer on the Tigers!
|A. Fink, SS||4||0||1||0||0||2|
|Loomis, 3B||2||0||1||0||0||0||SAC, HP|
|Milbrath (L, 1-2)||5||2||3||2||5||3|