By, Hannah McIlree
Jackson, TN.- The Milkmen kicked off their week long road trip against the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Taking on the mound for the Goldeyes was Eduard Reyes.
Third baseman Logan Trowbridge was the first to make it on base after drawing a walk, Adam Brett Walker the II showed his MVP status hitting a double over Goldeye center-fielder Kevin Lachance, putting Trowbridge in scoring position. However the Milkmen were unable to pick up any runs after a fielder's choice from David Washington, and a ground out from Christian Correa.
Right hander Nate Pawelczyk took to the mound for his first start of the season, pitching an 1, 2, 3 out inning which included a strike out and two infield plays. Pawelczyk has closed two games for the Milkmen entering today's game with a 0.00 ERA.
After a scoreless two innings Milwaukee took an aggressive approach to their offense. Trowbridge acquired a steal, after a lead off walk, putting him at 7 for the season and league veteran David Washington snagged his 16th RBI after pulling a single into right field. Correa dug out an RBI of his own, after popping the ball off the left field wall. Continuing the strong inning, Aaron Hill, who showed power behind his at-bat, hitting an opposite field home run, his 5th of the season, making it 4-0 Milkmen.
The Goldeyes took to the bats after a put out from Conley in the top of the third. Mike Gulino led the inning for Winnipeg, reaching on a walk. Darren Seferina soon found his pitch doubling, but not clutching the RBI. Martin, now up to bat, hit one down the first baseline just out of Washington's reach for a double, scoring Gulino and Seferina, cutting Milwaukee’s lead in half.
Milwaukee, now ready to put up more runs and secure the lead, started out strong in the fourth inning. Anibal Sierra secured his first hit, doubling to left field. Logan Trowbridge was ready to hit, demanding a diving play from Dakota Conners, who was able to stop the ball, but not make the play at first. Sierra, and Trowbridge made their way around third and back to the dugout after Walker II batted in his 14th RBI of the season. Washington also responded to Reyes’ pitches by comfortably sending Walker home and making his way to second after bouncing one off the left field wall.
Next, Correa showed everyone how to strikeout after making his way to first on a wild third strike, triggering a pitching change and in went Daniel Kubiuk for Reyes. Kubiuk retired the inning with a strikeout, and a force out at second base, leaving the score 7-2 Milkmen.
Today was the day for the Milkmen to show off their new signings. Pitcher Ryan Boyer took Pawelczyks place on the mound, striking out Logan Hill for his first professional out, his next out a pop up to Trowbridge in foul territory, and the final another strike out.
The top of the fifth inning worked in the Milkmen’s favor as well, Conley hit the second home run of the game for Milwaukee extending the lead to 8-2.
The sixth inning marked four consecutive innings of scoring for the Milkmen after Washington reached first on an error from Darren Seferina, and Correa moved him to third on a single, but it was Tony Rosseli that knocked Washington home after a single of his own, ending the inning 9-2.
Rookie Boyer continued his outing, giving up a single to Max Murphy. Tyler Hill then battled it out with Boyer holding onto a full count prior to walking. The following at bat produced a double play leaving Murphy at third. Some control was lost on the mound after a wild pitch was issued to Lachance, that would seem to score Murphy, however after it was ruled a foul ball and Murphy returned to third. The inning ended after Lachance hit a fly ball to right fielder Rosselli.
After Boyer’s risky inning it was time for a pitching change, Seth Beard would replace Boyer. Beard gave up 3 singles to Mike Gulino, Seferina, and Raul Navarro. Kyle Martin advanced to first on a walk, scoring Gulino. Trowbridge snagged an out, firing the ball over to Hill leaving runners at first and third. T. Hill reloaded the bases after Beards second walk of the inning. Manager Anthony Barrone stepped out to the mound signalling to the bullpen for the fourth pitching change of the night. Zach Hartman took over. Logan Hill hit a fly ball to Vertigan ending the seventh 9-4 Milkmen.
Karch Kowalczyk appeared on the hill to close for the Milkmen. It was a tough start to the inning after Kowalczyk walked Navarro and Martin. Murphy stepped into the batter's box knocking one into right that would be in reach for Rosselli. T. Hill was next and hit a ground ball to Sierra who bobbled the play, Martin scoring and no out being made. L. Hill struck out for the second out of the inning, however Lachance kept the inning alive, doubling down the left field line, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Conners couldn’t make it happen for Winnipeg, ending the ball game 9-7 Milkmen.
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