Springfield Wins in 12-Inning Pitchers' Duel
After an unscheduled week off due to rainouts, the Tigers matched up with the Grizzlies in Searles. The way the pitchers were putting zeroes on the board one could have anticipated that the game would take more than the standard nine innings. Springfield finally broke the ice scoring the first run of the game in the top of the ninth inning taking advantage of a lead-off walk to Matt Baier and a Searles error. The Grizzlies would not go down easy in the bottom of the inning, using a bunt single to tie the game at one. The Tigers went back to work in the tenth inning, putting together base hits by Derek Krebs, Brandon Wilhelmi, and Adam Timm to take the lead for a second time. The Grizzlies roared back in the bottom of the inning using two hits to tie the game at two a piece. Things were quiet in the eleventh before the Tigers broke through for two runs in the top of the twelfth. With Timm and Baier on base, Ryan Sturm smashed a double into leftfield giving the Tigers a 4-2 lead. Jon Diede came on in the bottom of the inning to nail it down for Springfield, picking up his second save. The victory moves the Tigers to 7-4 on the year. Now they gear up for a big showdown on Wednesday night at Riverside Park against the division leading Essig Bluejays. The Tigers will look to avenge their late-inning loss at Essig in the second game of the year.
Matt Tews pitched his tail off, going eleven innings to pick up his fifth victory of the season. He worked quickly, routinely getting ahead of Searles batters, striking out ten on the day. Diede saved the day on Sunday for the second straight week. Sturm and Krebs led the Tigers hitting attack, each getting two hits on the day. Wilhelmi, Timm, Baier, Diede, Jesse Berg, and Tews had one hit each in the Springfield win.
|R. Sturm, 1B||4||0||2||2||1||0|
|Tews (W, 5-1)||11||10||2||2||0||10|
|Diede (SV, 2)||1||1||0||0||0||0|