WISCONSIN RAPIDS (Press Release) - Early offense carried the day again between the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters and Green Bay Bullfrogs Wednesday night. Green Bay scored six runs in the second, and never relinquished the lead in a 9-3 victory at Witter Field.
For the fifth straight game a Rafters starting pitcher failed to work through the fourth inning. Michael Russo secured the first two outs of the second inning before running into trouble. Following a two out double, Russo walked four straight to bring in two runs. A two out single plated two more and chased Russo from the game after just an inning and two thirds. Skyler Debilzen came on to record the final out, but not before one more base hit plated two more runs, giving Russo six earned in the short stint.
Debilzen settled in to work three more scoreless innings. The righty struck out three and allowed three Bullfrog hits, without issuing a single walk. The outing extended Debilzen's franchise record string of scoreless frames to twenty and two thirds innings. Evan Stermer allowed two runs, one earned, over two innings while Kevin Wild allowed a single run in his two innings on the night.
The Rafters tallied just a single hit over the first five innings. With one out in the sixth Bobby Martin reached on an error to give the Rafters the start of their first rally, down 7-0. A Cody Koback walk and Alex Edward single loaded the bases for Brandon Hohl. In keeping with the early style of the game, Hohl worked a bases loaded walk to give the Rafters their first run. A passed ball plated another to make it 7-2 Green Bay.
Eventually trailing 9-2 the Rafters got on the board once more in the bottom of the eighth. Cody Koback worked his second straight walk of the game to lead off the inning, and then stood at second two outs later. Josh Cyr picked up the RBI with a single, but was thrown out trying to take second on the play. Neither team scored in the ninth, and the first half closed with a 9-3 Rafters loss, their 24th of the half.
The Rafters head out on the road for two against the Woodchucks and two against the Mallards over the weekend. The club returns home Monday July 11 to begin a four game home stand running until July 13.
Courtesy: Rafters Press Release