New Ulm Brews Up a Soggy Win in Springfield
One could see a storm on the horizon as they entered Riverside Park on Friday night. Strong winds made all fly balls into an adventure and the cool temperatures had many players in long sleeves, a rare sight in a June ballgame. Springfield grabbed the lead in their first at-bat. Brandon Wilhelmi led off with a double. A ground out by Adam Timm moved him to third base. Wilhelmi scored on a solid base-hit by first baseman Ryan Sturm. The Tigers held the 1-0 lead until the top of the fourth inning. In the fourth, two walks came back to haunt pitcher Matt Tews. The Brewer lead-off hitter was thrown out at the plate while attempting to score on a single to right field. New Ulm took the lead when catcher Chris Peters ripped a double, scoring two runs. The rain started in the bottom of the fourth inning and continued into the top of the sixth when New Ulm added three additional runs. With two outs in the top of the sixth, the game was called due to the rain. Because the sixth inning was not completed, those runs were not counted into the final score. Likewise, any statistics from the sixth inning are null. This loss, the Tigers' third straight, moves their record to 5-4. They look to break the losing streak on Sunday afternoon as they travel to St. James to take on the A's.
Matt Tews pitched all five innings for the Tigers. He took the loss, his first of the season, giving up two earned runs. All the Springfield offense occurred in the first inning. Brandon Wilhelmi had a double and Ryan Sturm chipped in with an RBI single.
|R. Sturm, 1B||2||0||1||1||0||1|
|C. Sturm, CF||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|Tews (L, 4-1)||5||2||2||2||3||2|