Mockbee Great on Mound, but Bombers Fall in 10th


By: Pat Mullen

Mequon, Wisc. – It was a tough loss for Battle Creek as they rounded up their series with the Lakeshore Chinooks tonight. The Bombers held the South Division leaders to one hit, but still fell 3-2 in extras.

Joe Mockbee (Michigan State) was great in his first official start as a Battle Creek Bomber. The Spartan did not give up his first hit until the 6th inning, a ground ball that scooted through the middle.

“It felt good going out there today,” Mockbee said. “I had my changeup working today which is a good thing because in the past I have only really been pitching with a fastball.”

Unfortunately for Mockbee and the Bombers, that single scored two runs after a walk and an error.

The Bombers were able to respond in the top of the seventh with two runs of their own after Henri Lartigue (Ole Miss) had a double to left center. The bases then became loaded and Sebastian Diaz (Miami) knocked a single of his own up the middle to tie the game up.

“We played really good baseball today,” Coach Robinson said. “The biggest thing to take from this is to learn from their mistakes.”

The game remained scoreless until the 10th inning when the Chinooks had a one out walk. Jake Noll pinch ran and got down to third base off a passed ball and a steal. From there, a wild pitch brought him in to give their Chinooks their seventh straight victory.

The Bombers now are 3-6 in the second half of the season as they head to Green Bay to finish up the road trip with a two game series. The first pitch verse the Bullfrogs will be at 8:05 ET.

Coach Robinson finished up his interview with a bite on how to look forward going on…

“Every day is a new day. We just got to come back tomorrow and get back at it and play the good baseball that we played today.”

Game Notes:

Coach Rob mentioned how well Diaz did today with his approaches today at the plate and a couple big knocks. Also said Jordan Hand is showing such maturity so quickly at the plate with some nice at bats as well and getting on base.

Henri Lartigue: 1-4, 2B (4), 1 R

Justin Stawychny: 1-4, 1 R

Jordan Hand: 1-2, 2 BB

Sebastian Diaz: 2-4, 2 RBI, 3 SB (5)

Joe Mockbee: ND, 7.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Alden Cartwright: 2.0 IP, 3 K

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