The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters fell just short of a spectacular comeback in Mequon at Kapco Park Saturday afternoon, falling to the Chinooks 10-8. The Rafters went down 10-1 after three but scored the final seven runs, behind two homers, to nearly complete the comeback.
Cole Webb (SO, Valparaiso Univ.) was shaky in his return to the rotation. Making his first start since June 17, Webb went only 2.1 innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits and season-high five walks.
The bullpen kept the Rafters close. After Nestor Bautista (SO, Ball State Univ.) gave up a couple runs in relief, allowing the first three runners to reach, he and the rest of the Rafters ‘pen shut down Lakeshore. The remainder of the game, the Rafters pitching staff allowed no runs in 5.1 innings allowing only hit and two walks.
A powerful sixth inning got the Rafters within striking distance. Brandon Downes (FR, Univ. of Virginia) led off the inning with a line-drive homer to left field. Later in the frame, a Josh Cyr (JR, Univ. of North Alabama) single made it 10-3. Then Alex Bacon (SO, Univ. of North Florida), in his first game back with the Rafters since an elbow injury forced him to miss ten games, blasted a towering three-run blast to put the Rafters within four.
Another in the eighth made it 10-8, but Tyler Sparger came on to retire five straight, as the Rafters went away three-up and three-down in the ninth to end it. Webb (2-1) took the loss, while Eric King, in his first start improved to 2-0. Sparger claimed his fourth save.
The Rafters (14-16) travel to Battle Creek (12-18) for two before heading back home for the week of July 4. First pitch Sunday in Battle Creek is a t 4:05 CST.
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