WATERLOO, IA (Press Release) - A four run ninth inning from the Waterloo Bucks gave the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters a scare Monday night, but the Rafters held on for an 8-7 victory in Waterloo.
Leading 8-3 after eight and a half innings, Michael Russo allowed three straight singles to begin the bottom of the ninth. A one out double forced Russo from the game and scored two. A two out single off of reliever Joie Dunyon scored two more and put the tying run on base for the Bucks. Despite allowing another single, Dunyon induced a game ending ground out to secure the Rafters win.
Josh Cyr led the offensive charge on the night for the Rafters. A two out single in the fifth inning drove in two runs, extending the Rafters lead to 5-1. Back at it again in the seventh, with two outs, Cyr tripled high off the wall in right-center to drive home two more. All told Cyr went 2-for-4 on the night with four RBI, a walk and a run scored. Justin Jirschele also notched a multi-hit game at the plate going 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Rafters cause early.
Benefiting from five early runs of support, starter Augey Bill tossed a quality six innings in Waterloo to pick up his third win of the season. Bill scattered six hits, three runs, a walk and six strike-outs. Kevin Wild and new Rafter Drew Mitrisin each contributed a scoreless inning in relief in the seventh and eighth. Dunyon recorded his sixth save of the season, tying the previous franchise mark set by Steve Godawa in 2010.
The win, their 22nd of the season, pushes the Rafters record against the Bucks this summer to 7-2. Still with a pulse in the second half play-off push, the win puts the Rafters an even five games out of first place with six games remaining. The Rafters wrap up their season series with the Bucks in Waterloo at 6:35 Tuesday night.
After their two game trip in Iowa to start the week, the Rafters return home Wednesday August 10 to take on the Eau Claire Express at 7:05.
Courtesy: Rafters Press Release