Rox 2 Hit Bucks in Shutout Win
St. Cloud, MN — The Rox did it again Saturday night. After a couple dramatic wins Wednesday and Thursday, they have rolled to wins over the last two days. Behind a stellar night on the mound and insurance late, the Rox continued a strong stretch late into the regular season with a 5-0 shutout over the Bucks.
Robbie Palkert (Nebraska) continues to dominate on the mound this year. In another 5 inning start, he only gave up two hits and struck out six on his way to his 5th win. Palkert lowered his ERA on the season to an impressive 1.30, and it is now at 0.72 through five starts in the 2nd half.
Ivan Coutinho (Bethune-Cookman), Jackson Rose (Minnesota) and Brent Killam (Georgetown) combined for the final four innings without even allowing a hit or walk. The Bucks bats were silent Saturday, and the Rox picked up their 7th shutout win this year.
Daniel Schneemann (BYU) provided the game-winning hit, with his solo home run in the 4th inning. Late in the game, St. Cloud scored four more runs, including three in the 8th. Brendan Illies (North Carolina) singled in the 6th to drive in the 2nd run of the game. Cameron Eden (Cal) later tripled to dead-center and brought in two more runs before scoring on a Drew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) RBI single immediately after.
The Rox have now won four straight and nine of their last 12 games. They still hold the best record in the North Division at 39-26 with 7 games left in the regular season. Tomorrow afternoon they close out the season series with the Bucks at 4:05 PM. It will be National Root Beer Float Day. The 1st 250 fans and the game will receive a Rox Root Beer Mug courtesy of A&W Restaurants of Albany, Richmond and Sartell and Mix 94.9. Sunday is also Coborn’s Kids’ Day! Kids have the opportunity to run the bases and get autographs on the field after the game.
Tonight's Box Score.
Northwoods League Standings.
Saturday's St. Cloud Times Player(s) of the Night is the Rox pitching staff again. Four pitchers, including Robbie Palkert combined to allow just 2 hits in another shutout win.
The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, 180 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two- time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.stcloudrox.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rox as your favorite team.