WISCONSIN RAPIDS (Press Release) - Thanks to some shut down pitching, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters did not need a thrilling finish Tuesday night as they led from the fourth inning on in a 4-1 victory over the Waterloo Bucks. The win sweeps the two game series against the Bucks and gives the Rafters a 4-1 edge in the season set.
Despite two errors for a second straight night, Rafters pitching clamped down holding the Bucks to just a single run on six hits. In his best start to date Michael Huckabay allowed just a single run over six innings of work. Huckabay struck out five, allowed five hits and walked just two to pick up his first win of the season.
Walks provided the Rafters with their first two runs. A lead walk coupled with a single and a one out free pass loaded the bases in the fourth inning. Luke Acosta picked up his first RBI this season, drawing a bases loaded walk, the third of four eventual walks in the inning. With the bases still loaded and Kyle Peterson at the plate, a wild pitch gave the Rafters a 2-0 lead when Brandon Hohl scored.
The Bucks got their single run off of Huckabay in the fifth to climb within a run. In the sixth inning, Josh Cyr crushed a lead-off home run to left, his fifth, to put the Rafters up by two. Curtis Frisbie singled one batter later and eventually scored on an Alex Edward RBI knock up the middle.
Evan Stermer and Joey Wagman recorded the final nine outs in relief of Huckabay. Stermer allowed just a single and a walk over the seventh and eighth innings to hand Wagman a three run lead and a save situation. Wagman wasted no time in the ninth, retiring the first two batters he faced. An error extended the inning, but Wagman got a ground ball to first to seal the Rafters seventh win and pick up his first save.
After a two game road trip to La Crosse, the Rafters return home for a two game weekend home stand. The Loggers come to town at 7:05 Friday and the Eau Claire Express come to town on Sunday at 6:05.
Courtesy: Rafters Press Release