Tigers Beat the Heat and A's
With temps in the mid-nineties at game time and a heat index of over one hundred, the Tigers hosted St. James. Springfield also saluted the great support of all their sponsors with the annual Merchant's Appreciation Night. Considering the heat and that the Legion team was in action in Redwood Falls, a nice crowd was on hand to see the Tigers defeat the A's, 6-2.
Manger Steve Helget gave the ball to Jason Nachreiner on the mound. In the top of the second, Dave Shoen started the inning with a single. Joe Hager ripped a out-out base hit to give St. James runners on the corners. A Tiger miscue on a potential double-play ball put the A's on top, 1-0.
After a three-up, three-down top of the third, the Springfield bats went to work in the home half of the inning. Bob Fink ripped the first pitch he saw for a single. Later that inning, the Tigers got three straight two-out hits from Brady Schwab, Jordan Milbrath, and Marc Salazar to jump ahead, 3-1.
Schwab continued his hot hitting in the bottom of the fifth with a lead-off two-bagger. Milbrath drew a walk and Salazar drove in Springfield's fourth run with a single. A base on balls issued to Chris Sturm loaded the bases and meant the end of the night for St. James hurler, Matt Dahl. Chris Menssen came on in relief. After getting a strikeout, Ken Sather worked a walk to push across the Tigers' fifth run. Menssen then started a 1-2-3 double-play to get out of the jam.
Menssen helped himself out when he drove in a runner who had reached via a Springfield error in the top of the sixth. The run got St. James within three, 5-2.
Christian Loomis earned a free pass to begin the bottom of the sixth. A wild pitch and a solid single by Danny Christensen, allowed Loomis to circle the bases and score Springfield's sixth run of the night. However, poor bunting and base-running snuffed out a potential big inning.
Alex Frank took over the mound in the top of the seventh. He worked three scoreless innings, allowing just two base runners, one on a single and one courtesy of a hit by pitch. Menssen settled in and didn't allow a hit in the seventh or eighth innings, yielding a final of 6-2.
Marc Salazar anchored the Springfield lineup with three hits and two runs batted in. Brady Schwab continued his hot hitting, going two-for-two with a single and a double. Danny Christensen, Jordan Milbrath, and Bob Fink accounted for the reminder of the Tiger offense with one hit each. Joe Hager led the A's with two of their five hits. Jason Nachreiner improved his record to 2-1, earning the win, working a solid six innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out five. Matt Dahl took the loss for St. James, giving up five runs on seven hits in four innings. Alex Frank picked up a three-inning save, surrendering just one hit and striking out four.
The Tigers move back to .500 in Tomahawk East League play with the win at 9-9. It was their tenth win, overall, on the season. Again, the Tigers would like to thank their great sponsors! Their support allows us to play the world's greatest game every summer. Please patronize and thank them for their continued support! Springfield has four games remaining. The Tigers will play a make-up game against the New Ulm Brewers on Thursday night at 8:00pm. The contest was originally scheduled for June 22. See you at the ballpark!
|Schwab, C||2||1||2||0||1||0||2B, HP|
|C. Sturm, LF||2||0||0||0||1||0||SAC|
|B. Fink, DH||3||1||1||0||0||0|
|Nachreiner (W, 2-1)||6||4||2||1||2||5|
|Frank (SV, 1)||3||1||0||0||0||4|