By Matt Sanders, Bombers Broadcaster
The Battle Creek Bombers defeated the Green Bay Bullfrogs 8-5 Tuesday afternoon at C.O. Brown Stadium thanks to smart situational hitting.
Ryan Dorow hit a one-out single for the Bombers in the first inning. After advancing to second on a Dan Swain walk, he came around to score on a Nick Walker single to get the Bombers on the board.
Alejandro Gomez worked a one-out walk in the second inning and advanced to second on a Jarrod Watkins walk. Gomez came around to score after a Randell Kanemaru error on a ball hit by Ryan Dorow.
Eric Gilgenbach led off the sixth inning for the Bombers by getting hit by a pitch. He advanced to second on a Nick Podkul single. After Jarrod Watkins flew out to left field, Ryan Dorow hit a triple to deep left field that scored both Gilgenbach and Podkul.
With the Bombers up 4-2 in the seventh inning, Battle Creek added another run after Nick Podkul was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Daniel Jipping.
The Bombers started to break away in the eighth inning. With one out, Dan Swain got on with a single and Daniel Jipping worked a one-out walk, advancing Swain to second. Swain came around to score after an error by Green Bay first baseman Zachary Biermann. Jipping scored on a one-out single by Christian Helsel, and Nick Walker scored Battle Creek’s eighth and final run on a fielder’s choice by Truman Brown.
Bombers starting pitcher Felix Minjarez pitched into the sixth inning for the Bombers. He allowed two runs on four hits and recorded six strikeouts on the afternoon.
Krystien Johnson-Battilana pitched two innings of two-run baseball out of the bullpen for the Bombers.
Brandon Guske came on for the second straight day to record his second straight four-out save for the Bombers, and seal the series victory for Battle Creek.
The Bombers now welcome the Wisconsin Woodchucks for a two-game series at C. O. Brown Stadium starting Wednesday night at 7:05.