EVANSVILLE, Ind. – In front of 5,695 fans at Bosse Field on Friday night, the Evansville Otters scratched out a 4-3 victory over the Florence Freedom to win their second straight one-run game.
Evansville got on the board in the second inning with two runs. The first run came in to score on a sacrifice fly and error off the bat of Hunter Cullen and Zach Welz then beat out an infield single to bring home the second run of the frame.
Florence tied the game with two in the fourth. Skylar Ewing tripled home a run to put the Freedom on the board and Ricky Ramirez Jr. then brought home Ewing with a single to tie the game.
Two runs in the bottom of the seventh pushed the Otters back on top. A wild pitch allowed J.J Gould to score from third and then Ryan Long brought home the second run with a single to center.
The Freedom made it a 4-3 game in the eighth thanks to a Jacob Wark RBI single.
With one out and Keivan Berges at second in the top of the ninth, Taylor Bryant singled to right and Berges attempted to score the game-tying run but Jeff Gardner threw him out at the plate to keep the Otters ahead 4-3. Alex Phillips then struck out the next hitter, Ryan Rinsky, to end the game and give the Otters the 4-3 victory.
Matt Chavarria picks up his second win of the season for the Otters after closing out the seventh inning with two strikeouts.
Tyler Gibson takes the loss for the Freedom. Gibson went 6.1 innings allowing four runs, three earned, while striking out five and walking one.
Spencer Medick started for the Otters and received a no-decision. Medick worked 6.1 innings giving up two runs on two hits while striking out six.
The Otters series with the Freedom continues tomorrow with a doubleheader at 5:05 p.m. at Bosse Field. The doubleheader will feature Breast Cancer Awareness Night, postgame fireworks, Indiana 811 popcorn giveaway, and a Wendy Mac backpack giveaway to go along with getting two games for the price of one. Join the Otters for a special night at Bosse Field as the organization wants to raise breast cancer awareness and recognize those who have fought breast cancer.
The final game of the series Sunday, August 12 is another opportunity to take advantage of the family fun day family package for $40 courtesy of the Evansville Courier and Press.
Following an off day for the Otters, the club finishes their six-game homestand with a midweek series against the Normal Cornbelters. Tuesday, August 14 is a $2 Tuesday with $2 popcorn and $2 General Admission tickets presented by 14 WFIE, and Thursday, August 16 is another Thirsty Thursday with special-price select beers and drafts.
Coverage of the series with the Freedom can be found on WUEV 91.5 FM presented by Kruckemeyer & Cohn with Sam Jellinek(play-by-play) and Bill McKeon(analyst) on the call.
SCHAUMBURG, IL — The defending Frontier League champion Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, rode the arm of Gunnar Kinesto a 6-0 shutout win over the co-leaders of the East, the Joliet Slammers, in the opener of a nine-game homestand before a season high 7,070 on Star Wars Night.
Kines tossed his first career shutout and his third complete game, all with the Boomers. The lefty threw over 130 pitches while striking out 10 to notch his third career double-digit strikeout game. Schaumburg provided Kines with all the support he would need early before pulling away late. Jack Parenty led off the game with a walk as the Boomers loaded the bases with no outs in the first. Parenty scored on a double play and crossed again in the third on a wild pitch after tripling to make the score 2-0. Zack Weigel scored on a Kenny Towns fielder’s choice in the sixth andSean Godfrey came across on a while pitch. Weigel drove home runs in the seventh and eighth to account for the final.
Weigel tallied two hits and two RBIs and reached base three times. The third-year Boomer matched Seth Spivey for the longest on-base streak in team history by extending his streak to 30 games. Nick Oddo added two hits while Parenty scored twice. Schaumburg finished with nine hits, three for extra bases. The Boomers have been involved in three consecutive shutouts, two for and one against. The complete game shutout marked the second of the year for the Boomers. Payton Lobdell blanked Southern Illinois on July 17 by an identical 6-0 score.
The Boomers (38-38) continue to battle in a crowded playoff race in the Frontier League in the final three weeks of the year. Schaumburg continues a nine-game homestand tomorrow night with the middle game against Joliet on Blues Brothers Night featuring postgame fireworks. RHP Payton Lobdell (4-6, 2.97) takes the ball in the 6:00 p.m. contest against RHP Corey Kimber (5-5, 2.32). Make the Boomers part of your plans this summer before it is gone by calling (847) 461-3695.
AVON, OH- The Traverse City Beach Bums(34-41) used two five-run innings to defeat the Lake Erie Crushers(40-36) in Friday’s series opener by a final score of 12-6.
With one out in the first, the Beach Bums were able to take an early lead. Isaac Benard smashed a liner off the pitcher for an infield hit and moved to third on a Will Kengor double. Steve Lohr dribbled a grounder towards third, scoring Benard.
In the second, Traverse City sent eight men to the plate, scoring five runs. Alec Olund started the offense with a one out double. Two batters later, Benard doubled in Olund to double the lead. After Will Kengor walked and Steve Lohr was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Alexis Rivera cranked a grand slam over the right field wall, his fifth homer of the season, for a 6-0 Bums lead.
Lake Erie responded with a big inning of their own in the bottom of the frame, sending nine men to the plate. Dalton Wheat hit an RBI single, Mason Brown drove in two with a single, and so did Dane Hutcheon, making it a 6-5 game.
The Beach Bums put together another big inning in the fourth, bringing 10 men the plate. Kengor hit a one out single, Lohr walked, then two batters later, Luke Lowery hit an RBI double to left. Connor Oliver followed with a three run homer against his former team, clearing the bases. Noah McGowan, Olund, and Ryan Kemp each hit singles, the last scoring another run for an 11-5 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Lake Erie got a run back on a Hutcheon RBI single. Kengor then led off the fifth with his third hit of the game then Luke Lowery drove him home with a bloop single into right field. From there, the bullpen only allowed a couple of hits the rest of the way, as the staff combined for twelve strikeouts.
Andrew Click came out of the bullpen for his first professional win for the Beach Bums. He went two and a third innings, only gave up one hit and walked one, evening his record to 1-1. Justin Sinibaldi suffered the loss to drop to 1-3 on the season. He went five innings, allowing 12 runs on 15 hits and four walks.
On Saturday night, the Beach Bums and Lake Erie Crushers play the middle game of this weekend’s three game set. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05pm and Tom Willms will have the call, starting with the Budweiser pregame show, at 5:45. You can listen along from anywhere in the world at TCBeachBums.com.
On Wednesday, we at the Beach Bums are excited to partner with Fudge by Design to bring you this one of a kind experience, a fudge tasting party at the ballpark, as the Bums take on the Washington Wild Things in a double header. Enjoy not only two baseball games, but the sampling of any number of crazy fudge flavors. Amongst the 65 flavor offerings are fan favorites such as: Birthday Cake, Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt, and Chocolate Turtle. If you’re feeling a bit more daring you might try Maple Bacon, Root Beer Float, or even Chocolate Jalepeno! This is a night you and your taste buds will not soon forget! For information and tickets, go to TCBeachBums.com or call the office at (231) 943-0100.
Joliet, IL —The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy beat the Washington Wild Things 6-1 Thursday night.
The Slammers started the scoring for the night with Ridge Hoopii-Haslam hitting an RBI single. LJ Kalawaia then hit a grand slam to extend the lead to 5-0 after the first.
James Harris hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score the lone Wild Things run to make it 5-1 after the third inning.
Trenton Hill bolstered the Slammer lead to 6-1 after hitting a sacrifice fly that scored Travis Bolin in the fourth inning.
Today’s Merchants and Manufacturers Bank Player of the Game is Travis Bolin who went 3-5 with two runs scored.
The Slammers return home Friday, August 17th at 7:05 as they open a three game series vs. the Lake Erie Crushers.
TRAVERSE CITY, MI- The Traverse City Beach Bums(33-41) used four pitchers and a big third inning to clinch a series victory, winning tonight against the Schaumburg Boomers(37-38), 7-0.
With two outs in the first inning, the Beach Bums put together their first rally of the game. Will Kengor and Luke Lowery were issued back-to-back walks then Steve Lohr and Alexis Rivera hit back-to-back RBI singles for a 2-0 Traverse City advantage.
In the third, Ryan Kemp and Isaac Benard led off with singles then Kengor walked to load the bases. Two batters later, Lohr drove in two on a fielder’s choice with Benard scoring the second run on a heads up base running play. Alexis Rivera reached on an infield hit, Noah McGowan hit an RBI single, and Connor Oliver plated a run on a double, giving the Bums a 6-0 lead.
Oliver led off the sixth with a walk then moved to second on a Ryan Kemp single to center. Two batters later, Will Kengor ripped a single into right field, scoring Oliver, making it a 7-0 game. From there, the bullpen combination of Tyler Barss, Augie Gallardo, and Justin Finan held the Boomers scoreless.
Luke DeVenney muscled his way through five innings to earned his first professional win, improving his record to 1-3. He allowed three hits and walked three while striking out two. Joe Hauser suffered the loss, going six innings, giving up seven runs on 10 hits and four walks. He falls to 7-7.
On Friday night, the Beach Bums head to Avon, OH, for a three game series over the weekend against the Lake Erie Crushers at Sprenger Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and Tom Willms will have the call, starting with the Budweiser pregame show, at 6:45. You can listen along from anywhere in the world at TCBeachBums.com.
FLORENCE, Ky – On the precipice of an important series sweep, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, put it all together in a, 9-2, dismantling of the River City Rascals at UC Health Stadium on Thursday night. The win increases the Freedom winning streak to four games, and nets them their third series sweep of 2018.
The Freedom (39-36) offense has been sensational with two outs all season, and that continued in the bottom of the first on Thursday. Rascals (38-38) starter, Justin Garcia (1-1), retired the first two men he faced before issuing a base on balls to Ricky Ramirez Jr. Skyler Ewing made it hurt, lifting his twelfth home run of the season to the opposite field in right, giving Florence a, 2-0, lead after one frame.
Chuck Weaver (4-4) continued his dominant stretch of starting pitching, settling into a groove early and carrying a perfect game into the top of the sixth inning.
Florence would offer plenty of run-support to the right-hander, scoring three more runs with two outs in the bottom of the third. In the same fashion as the first, a two-out walk to Ewing set the stage for Keivan Berges’ twelfth big-fly of the season, a two-run blast, but they were not done there. Jordan Brower laced the first pitch he saw to deep right-center one batter later, giving the Freedom their first back-to-back home runs since June 16, 2017. The homer was Brower’s sixth of the year, and first since June 19 of this season against Evansville. The score was now, 5-0, Freedom going into the fourth.
The rout was on in the fourth, as Florence was able to push two more across to extend their lead to, 7-0. Jacob Wark led off the inning with a double, and the next batter, John Price Jr. split the gap in right-center to drive him in. Later in the frame, Caleb Lopes dropped an RBI-double into right-center, scoring Price as the Freedom continued to cruise.
Garcia did not come back out for the fifth inning, as Dalton Roach came on in relief. In total, Garcia was charged with seven runs on eight hits, and walked three batters to combine with one strikeout in the losing effort.
Brower would make it a second multi-homer game in the bottom of the fifth, unloading on an inside pitch from Roach and dropping it in the Freedom bullpen as the score reached, 8-0, Florence.
The Rascals mustered their first base-runner in the sixth, with Zach Lavy reaching second on an error in right-field to thwart the perfect game. After advancing to third on a fly-out, Kevin Suarez squashed the no-hitter and shut-out with a bloop single to center, making it an, 8-1, game. River City continued to chip away in the seventh, scoring one more run on three hits. Weaver only needed six pitches to get two outs, but gave up a pair of consectuive base-hits, one double and one single from Clint Freeman as the Freedom lead stood at, 8-2.
Ewing would re-claim the team lead in home runs to lead-off the seventh, connecting on a Jackson Sigman fastball and sending his second dinger of the night over the wall in right.
Weaver would not come out for the eighth, ending his night having spanned seven innings, scattering four hits that totaled two runs, one earned, with no walks and four strikeouts. The start was the right-hander’s fourth quality start in his last five outings. With Christian DeLeon on the bump in the eighth, the Rascals got two hits but failed to scratch across a run.
After a quiet bottom of the eighth, southpaw, Evan Korson emerged for the final three outs in the ninth. The lefty only faced three batters, whiffing them all as the Freedom converted their third series sweep, and fourth win in a row in a, 9-2, final.
The Freedom will now take the show on the road to historic Bosse Field for a weekend set with the Evansville Otters. Tyler Gibson will get the start in the opener on Friday night, with first pitch slated for 6:35 p.m. River City will continue their road trip, taking on the first-place in the West Divsion, Normal CornBelters over the weekend at the Corn Crib.
The Florence Freedom are members of the Independent Frontier League and play all home games at UC Health Stadium located at 7950 Freedom Wayin Florence, KY. The Freedom can be found online at florencefreedom.com, or by phone at (859) 594-4487.
NORMAL, Ill. (August 8, 2018) – The Normal CornBelters (39-32) used three, three-run innings to clinch the series in a 9-3 over the Gateway Grizzlies (33-43) and extended their season-high win streak of six on Wednesday night.
“It’s been a fun little ride, but like I say every day, we got a long way to go. We got a very good ball club, guys are playing with a lot of confidence. That clubhouse in there is something very special,” said Manager Billy Horn. “Tomorrow we’ll have Landwehr on the bump, we are excited to have Jack go and we are going to go for the sweep. We got to keep this winning streak going and we got to win every day because everybody is right on our tail. This can change in the matter of two or three games.”
The first of three, three-run outburst began in the first. James Davison Jr. led off with one of his two infield singles tonight. The speedster now has 35 hits in 22 games along with 12 multi-hit games. Andrew Godbold tied the game 1-1 on a two-out single. Justin Fletcher kept the inning alive on a double that gave the Belters a 3-1 lead. Normal has now scored in the first inning in the last four games.
Connor Root (3-1) settled down after giving up a run in the first and threw three straight shutout innings to earn his third straight victory. Gateway got their final damage of the righty in the fifth on a two-out home run. The former Chicago Dog last six solid and picked up five strikeouts to set a new season high in his third start.
Again Normal displayed excellent two-out hitting in the fourth. Santiago Chirino doubled to center and brought in Michael Baca to go up 4-1. Derrick Loveless followed with his 10th home run of the season and the CornBelters lead 6-1 over Gateway.
In the eighth, Chi Chi launched his third home run of the season to make it 9-2. The 2018 All-Star extended his home hit streak to 19 games and his home on-base streak to 24 games.
Thomas Nicoll threw a scoreless seventh to maintain his 0.00 ERA and added another strikeout to his total of 13 in 12.1 innings. Jess Amedee made his CornBelter debut in style. The former Pirates farmhand only needed seven pitches to throw a perfect eighth. Jonathan de Marte completed the ninth and gave up a solo shot with two outs.
The CornBelters also continued their home win streak of seven in the series clincher. Normal is 6-1 in the month of August. Jack Landwehr takes the bump tomorrow and looks to complete the sweep of Gateway, first pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
CRESTWOOD, IL – The ThunderBolts responded to being shutout in the opener by holding the Crushers scoreless in a 5-0 win in game two of a three-game set at Standard Bank Stadium Wednesday night.
Windy City (32-43) used three different pitchers in their seventh shutout victory of the year with most of the credit going to starter Braulio Torres-Perez, who allowed six hits and struck out nine in the winning effort.
The Bolts’ offense got going in the second when Tyler Straub reached on a leadoff double. After advancing to third on a single by Blair Beck, Crushers’ starter Oriel Caicedo attempted to pick off Beck at first base and Straub managed to steal home to put his team up 1-0.
One batter later, Derek Bangert doubled home Beck, who scored all the way from first to increase the Windy City lead to 2-0.
The ThunderBolts doubled their lead in the fourth thanks to one swing from Beck, who launched his 10thhome run of the year. In the same inning, Omar Obregon extended his hitting streak to 25 games and on-base streak to 40, making it the longest hitting streak in the Frontier League since Jason James set the record at 40 in 2009 and tying the franchise hit streak record.
Obregon later tripled home Joe Becht in the sixth inning to make it 5-0, but was caught trying to score after the relay throw trickled away from the Lake Erie shortstop.
Jack Anderson and Joel Toribio combined to allow two baserunners over two frames of scoreless relief, while Torres-Perez (2-3) earned the win. Oriel Caicedo took the loss (1-3) after 4.2 innings.
ThunderBolts and Crushers match up for a rubber game at Standard Bank Stadium with Eddie Avila (2-5, 5.47) getting the start for Windy City against Lake Erie’s Micah Beyer (1-1, 2.00).
It is White Castle Wrestling Thursday at the ballpark, as $1.50 domestics will be served and a one hour wrestling show will follow the game. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 and the broadcast can be heard through wcthunderbolts.com.
FLORENCE, Ky – Looking to make it two wins in a row over a West Division rival, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, scored in five different innings on the way to securing the mid-week series with a, 12-7 victory over the River City Rascals, moving into second place on Wednesday night at UC Health Stadium.
In a pitching match-up of lefty relievers-turned-starters, Florence (38-36) was able to strike first against River City (38-37) hurler Jonny Ortiz (5-2). In the bottom of the first inning, Austin Wobrock worked a four-pitch lead-off walk, before going first-to-third on a Caleb Lopes single to center. Skyler Ewing then grounded into a double play, allowing Wobrock to score as the Freedom took a, 1-0, lead.
In the top of the third, River City tied it up off southpaw, Mike Castellani, thanks to a the first home run of the season for Trevor Achenbach, a solo-shot that evened the score at one run apiece.
Florence would respond, however striking for five runs in their next at-bat. Wobrock tripled to start the frame, and watched Lopes walk behind him. Ewing then rolled a sharp ground-ball to second scoring Wobrock, but would reach second base as Clint Freeman failed to catch the ball at first base. With runners now at second and third, Ortiz walked Brower after back-to-back strikeouts, bringing Jimmy Heck to the dish with the bases loaded. Ortiz was replaced on the bump by right-hander Chad Gendron, who on the first pitch he threw, saw Heck roll a ground-ball into left that plated two runs. Jacob Wark added an RBI-single one batter later, as the Freedom edge grew to, 6-1.
Ortiz only threw 2.2 innings, and was charged with five runs, two of which were earned, on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
The Rascals responded with a run of their own in the top of the fourth, as Kevin Suarez reached on a two out double with Achenbach connecting on a run-scoring single.
Florence has hit well with two outs all season, and they scored three runs with two dead in the bottom of the fourth. Ewing and Ricky Ramirez Jr. both worked walks to set the table for Berges, who went with an outside fastball and deposited it in to the Freedom bullpen for a three-run homer. The blast tied him with Ewing for the team-lead with 11, and pushed Florence in front, 9-2.
Castellani issued a walk to Mike Jurgella to begin the fifth, and after getting a strikeout, surrendered another walk to Braxton Martinez. With two outs, JD Hearn split the right-center gap for a two-run double that made it a five-run game. Freedom manager, Dennis Pelfrey, went to Eric Gleese (1-0) to finish the inning, and he did just that, getting a line-out from the first batter he faced to retire the side.
Castellani completed 4.2 innings and allowed four runs on eight hits to combine with three walks and two strikeouts in the no-decision.
Facing a new reliever in the bottom of the sixth, Wobrock greeted Tanner Wilt with his second base-knock of the night, a single to start the inning. A walk to Ewing put two on, and after Ramirez Jr. was hit by a pitch to load the bases, a fastball to Berges tipped off the end of the glove of Rascals catcher Gage West, reaching the backstop and allowing Wobrock to cross home-plate. Again with two outs, the Freedom plated two-more, getting a two-RBI single from Jordan Brower. Brower’s 36th and 37th run batted in of the season gave Florence the, 12-4, edge heading into the seventh.
Gleese faced only one batter in the top of the seventh, as Mike Jurgella turned on his ninth big-fly of the season to start the frame. Patrick McGrath would take over, getting two quick outs, but after back-to-back bloop singles, his night came to a close too. Florence turned to Sam Martin for the final out, and he promptly recorded a strikeout ahead of the seventh inning stretch.
The Rascals continued to chip away in the eighth, getting a lead-off single from Suarez before Achenbach was hit by a pitch. Martin would retire the next two batters, but John Price Jr. dropped a fly-ball to center off the bat of Clint Freeman, allowing two runners to score, and the Freedom lead to shrink to, 12-7.
With the score the same in the top of the ninth, Cody Gray, the fifth pitcher of the night for Florence, delivered a spotless three-up three-down frame as the Freedom secured the series win with the five-run victory.
Florence will try to sweep the series and win their fourth straight game on Thursday night behind right-hander Chuck Weaver. The Rascals will turn to Justin Garcia looking to salvage a game and snap their three-game losing streak. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM at UC Health Stadium.
Marion, IL (August 7, 2018) – The Southern Illinois Miners trailed nearly the entire game on Tuesday night against the Evansville Otters, but rallied to score four times in the bottom of the ninth inning, culminating in a walk-off, three-run home run by Chance Shepard in a 5-3 victory at Rent One Park.
Evansville scored the first three runs of the game, using the long ball against Miners starter Geno Encina. Austin Bush cracked a two-run shot to right-center field in the second inning, while Ryan Long also hit one out to right-center for a solo home run to make it 3-0 in the third inning. Encina settled down after that, lasting six and two-thirds innings with six strikeouts, and keeping the Miners in the game by holding the Otters at bay.
Southern Illinois got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning on a solo home run by Harrison Bragg, making the score 3-1 Evansville. The Miners would then get the tying run to the plate in every inning for the rest of the game, stranding single baserunners in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings before finally breaking through against Evansville closer Mitchell Aker (1-5) in the ninth.
Kyle Davis led off the inning with a pinch-hit single, and Joe Duncan followed with a single to put the tying run on base. A passed ball advanced the runners to second and third base with no one out, and Romeo Cortina hit a ground ball to the shortstop, with J.J. Gould throwing to third base for the out on Duncan as Davis scored to make it a 3-2 game. Nolan Earley then drew a walk to set up Shepard, who promptly drilled his second walk-off home run of the year against the Otters over the left field fence to win it for the Miners.
Shepard’s walk-off blast was his 20th home run of the year, making him just the third player in Miners history to reach the milestone, alongside Frontier League Hall-of-Famer and 2009 league MVP Joey Metropoulos as well as Tim Dorn in the exclusive club.
The Miners remain at home after an off day for the Colt World Series championship on Wednesday, and will host the Otters in a doubleheader on Thursday night, August 9th, at 5:30 p.m. Steven Ridings will pitch game one opposite Evansville’s Tyler Beardsley, while Kurt Heyer will get the ball in the second contest against the Otters’ Tyler Vail.
CRESTWOOD, ILLINOIS. — The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, got a compete game effort from Alex Romero en route to a 2-0 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts. It was their first nine inning complete game of the season.
Both starting pitchers seemed to be in control for the first six innings on Tuesday night. Windy City starter Jake Welch (5-4) and Lake Erie starter Alex Romero (7-6) cruised early on and neither team had a real scoring opportunity until the seventh.
Doug Trimble led off the seventh inning with a triple to right-center field. The set up Bryan DeLaRosa, who doubled to give Lake Erie a 1-0 lead. DeLaRosa leads the team with 29 RBIs and 22 doubles.
Dalton Wheat followed with a double of his own and the Crushers had runners on second and third with no outs. That ended the night for Welch who took the loss.
Windy City brought in Drew Peden to replace Welch but a sacrifice fly from Zach Racusin scored DeLaRosa and the Crushers led 2-0.
On the other side, Romero was tossing a gem for Lake Erie. The right-hander allowed a hit in the second and in the third but didn’t allow another until the ninth inning. At one point he had retired 13 in a row.
Windy City got a leadoff single from Omar Obregon in the ninth but Romero induced his third double play of the game. He then struck out Axel Johnson to end the game. Romero tied his season-high with 10 strikeouts. He finished with 107 pitches (70 strikes) and issued three walks along the way.
The Crushers move to within two games of first place with the win and their record improves to 39-34. Windy City drops to 31-43.
Game two of the series begins tomorrow at 7:05 CDT. Oriel Caicedo (1-2) gets the start for the Crushers while Braulio Torres-Perez (1-3) goes for the ThunderBolts.
FLORENCE, Ky – In a pivotal West Division clash, The Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, scored five un-answered runs en route to a, 5-3, victory over the River City Rascals on Tuesday night at UC Health Stadium.
River City (38-36) jumped ahead early, tallying four consecutive singles to start the game, one of which was a two-run knock for Clint Freeman as the Rascals held an early, 2-0, edge. Then with Freeman at third, Kronenfeld made it a three-run game when he grounded into a double play for the first two outs of the inning. Braxton Martinez was retired one batter later, flying out to centerfield, putting Florence in the, 3-0, hole after one half inning of play.
Hector Hernandez (8-5) got two quick outs in the bottom of the first, but the opening frame has been the best all season for the Freedom, who continued the trend on Tuesday. After Hernandez walked Skyler Ewing, Ricky Ramirez Jr. launched the first pitch he saw over the wall to the opposite field, making it a one-run game at, 3-2. The long-ball was the eighth of the season for Ramirez, who also pushed his RBI total to an even 30 with the blast. Two innings later, Ewing upped his team-leading home run total to 11, also attacking the first pitch from Hernandez for a solo-shot to knot the score at three.
Florence would un-tie the game, taking their first lead in the bottom of the seventh. Jacob Wark gave Florence life with two outs, motoring down the line to beat out an infield single after a check swing slow-roller to third. John Price Jr. then proceeded to unload a mammoth homer to left-center off Hernandez, clearing the scoreboard in the power alley to hand the Freedom a, 5-3, lead. Hernandez issued a walk to Austin Wobrock next, prompting Rascals manager, Steve Brook to make a pitching change. Right-hander, Ryan Orr would finish the frame, and the game on the hill, tallying 1.1 scoreless innings of work.
Hernandez finished his day having spanned 6.2 innings, allowing five runs on six hits to go along with two walks and six strikeouts.
For Florence, Kraus was brilliant after the three-run first, the righty settled into a groove on the way to seven innings pitched. After the four straight hits to start the game, he faced the minimum over his next 19 batters. He allowed three runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits and did not walk anyone while striking out seven in a quality start.
No runs were scored in the eighth off Freedom lefty Evan Korsen, setting the table for All-Star closer, Johnathon Tripp. Tripp worked an efficient 1-2-3 inning for his 10thsave as Florence started their biggest series of the season with a, 5-3, win. The Rascals did not record a base-hit after a JD Hearn single in the top of the third.
The Freedom now have a chance to win the series in the middle game, and Mike Castellani will be on the bump as they look for the series win. River City will hand the ball to Jonny Ortiz as the visitors attempt to force a rubber match in the finale on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM at UC Health Stadium.