Bucks End Road Trip With Victory At Thunder Bay
The Waterloo Bucks ended their five-game road trip with a 5-2 victory at Thunder Bay Saturday night (July 9, 2016).
Robert Neustrom drove in three runs while going 2-for-5 at the plate, and the Bucks' bullpen kept the Border Cats scoreless for five innings at Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay, Ont. Waterloo never trailed in the game and has now won three of its first four games to begin the second half. The Bucks return home as co-leaders of the Northwoods League's North Division.
Waterloo took a 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning. Lane Milligan led off the game with a double down the right field line before Neustrom brought him in with an RBI double to right-center. The RBI double for Neustrom also extended his season-high on-base streak to 15 games, 14 of which he’s hit safely in.
The Bucks (3-1, 25-14) doubled their lead with a run in the second. Tyler Curtis led off the inning with a base hit before Alex Boxwell doubled to left-center. Then, with runners at the corners, Brody Weiss made it a 2-0 game with an RBI single to left-center.
After Shane Shepard trimmed Waterloo's lead to one with a solo home run to lead-off Thunder Bay's half of the third inning, the Bucks went ahead 4-1 in the fifth. Neustrom drove in both runs with a double after Milligan and Taylor Boyd each singled in front of him.
Thunder Bay (2-2, 8-30) cut the Bucks’ lead to two with a run in the bottom of the fifth.
Waterloo added its final run in the eighth inning. Curtis singled to left for his third hit of the game before Boxwell pulled a double down the right field line, putting a pair of Bucks' runners in scoring position. Jake Hand followed Boxwell with an RBI ground out to the left side, scoring Curtis from third.
Hunter Spencer (1-0) earned his first win of the season with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief. The southpaw hit a batter and walked two while striking out one. Spencer replaced starting pitcher Jordan Accetta, who throw only four innings. Brandon Downey (9) piitched the ninth inning and earned his first save of the second half.
UP NEXT: The Bucks return home to Riverfront Stadium on Sunday, when they open a two-game series against first-half North Division champion Eau Claire. First pitch is at 3:35 p.m.
Story Contributor: Jared Schlensky - Waterloo Bucks