Springfield Drops Gibbon, 6-1
Jake Miesen made his first start for the Tigers and pitched an outstanding seven innings to lead the Tigers to a 6-1 victory over the Gibbon Reds. It was the first home game for Springfield in exactly two weeks. The Tigers found themselves very comfortable in the friendly confines of Riverside Park.
Gibbon got on the board first, in the top of the second inning, when they capitalized on a lead-off single. A stolen base, wild pitch and sacrifice fly later and the Tigers were down 1-0. Springfield charged right back in the bottom of the inning, as Ryan Sturm battled to work a walk to start the inning. Singles by Brandon Wilhelmi, Jesse Berg, and Kyle Kraska brought two Tiger baserunners around to score, giving Springfield the lead, 2-1.
The Tigers threatened in the third, but were unable to extend their lead. In the fourth, they opened things up. It all started with two outs. Andy Moritz worked a walk, followed by base hits by Kraska and Matt Baier. The bases were loaded for Brady Schwab who blasted the first pitch to right-center field for a bases-clearing triple. The three runs made the score, 5-1. Springfield added a final run in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Moritz plating Wilhelmi, drawing a close to the scoring on the night.
Miesen picked up his first win, surrendering just one run on three hits during his seven innings of work. Miesen faced just four batters over the minimum during his time on the hill. Kraska came on to pitch the final two innings, allowing one hit.
The 6-1 victory moves Springfield's record on the season to 7-4. The
Tigers will travel to Searles on Sunday to face the Grizzlies in a 5pm matchup.
|R. Sturm, 1B||2||1||1||0||1||0|
|C. Sturm, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|Miesen (W, 1-0)||7||3||1||1||2||6|