WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - With the power swing dialed in all night, the Green Bay Bullfrogs used a pair of home runs to beat the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 13-2 in game one of Tuesday's double header, then launched three big flies in game two on their way to a 7-1 win.
In game one the Bullfrog's Joel Hutter put the Rafters in an early hole with a three run home run in the first off of starter Jack Archie. The Rafters righty then allowed a leadoff solo shot in the second to Jim Pipolo to make it 4-0. Archie allowed six runs on nine hits through two innings. When the dust settled Green Bay scored ten runs in the first four innings off of Archie and the Rafters first reliever Andrew Farrell.
Brian Embery tapped into the power jet stream on the night for the Rafters. No hit into the fourth, Jenzen Torres singled with two outs. Then the switch hitter Embery launched a no doubt blast to left to put the Rafters on the board quickly. The home run is Embery's third on the season, his first from the right side. But the blast was not enough to spark a stunning comeback.
Game two got off to a rough start for the Rafters as well. Starter Garrett Branske lasted just an inning and allowed three runs on three hits. Brandon Van Dam came out of the pen first and with two outs allowed the third Green Bay home run to make it 4-0. Then Van Dam allowed a solo blast to lead off the fourth, and a two run shot after a one out walk to make it 7-1.
Again no hit deep into the seven inning game, it took a Matt Cornwell two out single in the fifth to get the Rafters on the scoreboard in the hit column and the run column. Derek Brown scored the Rafters lone tally after getting hit by the pitch and eventually swiping third ahead of Cornwell's single.
Steve Godawa nailed down the final outs of both games. The righty from Valparaiso allowed a hit in his one inning in game one, but set the Bullfrogs down in order for the first time all night in the sixth inning of game two, then did it again in the seventh to set the final at 7-1.
Wednesday the Rafters return home to face Green Bay again.
Courtesy: Rafters Press Release