Brewers Use Big Inning To Beat Tigers
The number in the hits column of the scoreboard was almost the same, but the Tigers couldn't convert those hits into runs as well as the Brewers. New Ulm built a 4-0 lead in the first two innings and that would be all they would need on a beautiful Wednesday night at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
Brandon Wilhelmi took the hill for Springfield. A couple walks, along with five Brewer hits in the first two innings gave New Ulm a 4-0 lead. Wilhelmi found a little something extra starting in the third inning, and scattered just four hits over his remaining six innings of work.
The Tiger offense got plenty of hits in the game, but struggled to get the key, run-scoring hits. Of the eleven runners who were stranded on base, seven were left in scoring position. Springfield also lost two runners on stolen base attempts and one runner was thrown out at the plate.
Springfield got on the board in the top of the fifth. Andy Moritz was hit by a pitch and moved to second base on an errant pick-off throw. Kyle Kraska drove him in with a base hit. The Tigers took advantage of three walks and a New Ulm error to get within two in the top of the eighth. The Brewers added their final two runs in the bottom of the inning when they coaxed the Tigers into a couple bad throws in a first and third situation.
The loss drops Springfield to 12-8 on the season. They have two games
remaining in the regular season and still have hopes of securing a first-round
bye by finishing in second place in their division. The Tigers look to get
back on track, when Searles comes to town on Sunday night for a 7:30pm match up
at Riverside Park. C'mon on down and cheer on the Tigers!!
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