(GREEN BAY) - With a slim lead late in a pitcher's duel, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters let victory slip through their hands in a 4-2 loss to the Green Bay Bullfrogs Sunday afternoon.
Tied at one after five innings, Curtis Frisbie picked up a clutch two out RBI single in the top of the sixth to give the Rafters the slimmest of leads at 2-1. But, in the very next inning, the Bullfrogs plated three runs that eventually held up to beat the Rafters. After a one out single, a ground ball snuck inside the first base bag and bounced around in the corner for an RBI triple to tie the game off of reliever Michael Russo.
Skyler Debilzen came on and struck out a batter to set runners on the corners with two out. Debilzen nearly had the third out, but the strike three pitch found its way back to the screen allowing the tie-breaking run to score. A two out single extended the lead to the final margin of 4-2.
With scoring chances early and late, the Rafters left a total of nine runners on base in their eighth loss of the half. In the second, trailing 1-0, back-to-back walks with one out were stranded when the next two hitters struck out. In the fifth with runners on the corners and two out, the inning ended with a runner thrown out at the plate on a double steal. Then, trailing by two in the eighth, the Rafters put the first two hitters on but failed to score as the final two batters of the inning struck out.
Jacob Doyle made the spot start for the Rafters, allowing a run and three hits to the first three batters he faced, then settled in and retired nine of the next ten. Russo notched a scoreless fourth and fifth before his trouble in the sixth. After Debilzen eventually ended the sixth, Evan Stermer came on for a scoreless seventh and eighth inning of work.
Brandon Hohl and Garrett Nash both notched a pair of hits in the game for the Rafters. Nash tied the game at one with a solo home run in the third inning. The blast is Nash's first of the season and gives the Rafters 35 home runs as a team, the second highest total in the league.
Courtesy: Wisconsin Rapids Rafters