Kenosha Crushes Bucks In Series Opener, 11-3
The Waterloo Bucks saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end with an 11-3 loss to Kenosha at Riverfront Stadium Sunday afternoon (June 12, 2016).
The Kingfish snapped a seven-game losing streak, and recorded their first win since beating the Bucks, 2-1, in five innings on June 4.
Brendon Allen (1-0) recorded his first of the season with seven strong innings, setting set the Bucks down in order four times on the afternoon and allowing just one run on four hits while striking out five and walking one. Kenosha (5-8) never trailed on the day and eight of their nine starters either scored at least one or drove in at least one run.
A Pete Schuler RBI single followed by back-to-back RBI doubles from Gunnar McNeil and Cal Judacki in the first inning put Waterloo behind 3-0. The Bucks (10-3) cut Kenosha's lead to two in the bottom of the frame. Alex Boxwell recorded a hustle-double down the left field line in his first plate appearance of the season before Robert Neustrom brought him in with an RBI single to center, making it 3-1.
Both teams followed one another with three consecutive scoreless innings before Kenosha tacked on an additional three runs in the fifth. Marty Bechina’s RBI fielder’s choice made it 4-1 before back-to-back RBI singles by McNeil and Judacki increased the Kingfish lead to five.
A Bechina sacrifice fly in the sixth made it 7-1 before McNeil was hit in the foot with the bases loaded, extending Kenosha’s lead to seven. An RBI single by Bechina followed by Schuler getting hit in the shoulder with the bases loaded in the seventh made it 10-1. Matt Hearn’s two-out RBI single was the final Kingfish run, putting Kenosha in front, 11-1.
Waterloo cut Kenosha’s lead to eight with two runs in the ninth. Boxwell recorded his second hit of the game with a leadoff single to right before swiping second. Tyler Curtis then drew a walk before Adam McGinnis brought around Boxwell from second with an RBI single to left. Zach Weatherford plated the final run of the game with an RBI single through the legs of reliever JR Holloway into center field, scoring Curtis.
Brett Solano (1-1) was charged with the loss in his third start of the year. Solano allowed a season-high six runs (five earned) on a season-high 10 hits, striking out three and walking one in five innings.
The Bucks continue their three-game homestand on Monday (June 13), hosting the Kingfish again at 7:05 p.m. Right-handed pitcher Jordan Accetta (2-0, 2.08) gets the ball for Waterloo in the series finale, while lefty Alex Hamilton (0-0, 1.12) counters for Kenosha.
Story By: Jared Schlensky - Waterloo Bucks