Five-run third propels the Bombers past the Woodchucks, 7-0
By: Ari Ross, Broadcaster
Behind a five-run outburst in the bottom of the third inning, the Battle Creek Bombers won their fourth straight, topping the Wisconsin Woodchucks, 7-0 at C.O. Brown Stadium.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on back-to-back doubles by Christian Helsel and Chad McKinney, the Bombers strung together six hits to plate five in the bottom of the third.
With one out, Dan Swain led things off with a single before Daniel Jipping blasted Joey Steele's pitch over the wall in center for his second home run of the season. Nick Walker and Helsel followed up the blast with back-to-back singles, advancing to third and second, respectively, on a wild pitch, before Walker scored on a sac-fly from McKinney.
Truman Brown would follow McKinney's sac-fly with a single, scoring Helsel. Brown would come around to score on Nick Podkul's double, as the Bombers would lead 6-0 after three innings.
The Bombers would add another run in the bottom of the sixth as Dan Swain, who went 3 for 4 on the evening with three singles and a walk, singled and came around to score on Nick Walker's RBI single. Walker and Swain were two of four Bombers' sluggers with two or more hits in the game.
On the mound for Battle Creek, Scott Sency bounced back from a rough outing to pick up the win, throwing six scoreless innings, striking out five and allowing just four hits. Yu-Hsaun Chen would come on in relief for Sensy and pitch three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out one as the two Bombers' pitchers combined for Battle Creek's first shutout of the season.
For the Woodchucks, Steele took the loss, as he allowed six runs on ten hits. The Bombers had seven runs on 14 hits in the game, their biggest outburst since beating Kalamazoo on June 2, 8-7.
The Bombers and Woodchucks play the final game of the two-game set Thursday night at C.O. Brown Stadium at 7:05 as the Bombers will look to extend their winning streak to five games before heading off on a eight-game road trip.