Brody Tanksley hit the Larks franchises first ever grand slam!
The Bismarck Larks continued their offensive display in the second game of the season beating the Eau Claire Express by a score of 14-4. The Larks have now put up a total of 29 runs in the first two games to get off to a 2-0 start.
What’s Next: The Bismarck Larks will take on the Eau Claire Express again at 7:05 on Thursday May, 30 at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark Home of Dakota Community Bank & Trust Field. If you missed the Larks put on a show these past two nights don’t worry, tickets are still available for tomorrow night’s game. Get your seat to the best show in town!
How It Happened: The Express got things started in the top of the third inning by scoring three runs off of starting pitcher Matthew Gorman when Gorman gave up three consecutive singles to start the inning to give up the first run before a throwing error from Ronnie McBride gave the Express run number two and allowed Lopez to get from first to third on the play. Lopez then scored on an RBI groundout for Eau Claire’s final run in the inning.
The Larks responded in a big way after putting up seven runs in the bottom half of the third to win the inning and took the lead for good. The big inning started with a dropped third strikeout that saw Conner Tomasic reach first before Jack Chernow got his first hit of the game to make it first and second with nobody out. Ronnie McBride walked to load the bases before Wyatt Ulrich singled to center field as the Larks went station-to-station to keep the bases loaded for Jacob Rogers who grounded into fielder’s choice that scored Chernow from third to make it 3-2. McBride scored then on a wild pitch to tie the game before Gavin Rogers singled in Ulrich to give the Larks the lead. Zack Gregory then came to the plate and ripped a home run to right center field for the first home run of the young season for the Larks which put them up 6-3 and they never looked back. Brody Tanksley doubled off the top of the wall in left center field to keep the inning going before Tomasic came up for the second time in the inning and delivered a two-out RBI single to left field to increase the lead to 7-3 through the third inning.
The Larks continued the onslaught later in the game in the 7th inning when catcher Brody Tanksley hit the Rocking 101 rocking at bat of the night by the way of the first ever grand slam in franchise history that put the game out of reach at 14-3 Larks.
Matthew Gorman got the victory in his first ever start for the Larks after throwing six innings, five of them were scoreless. The third inning that saw the Express score three runs, Gorman was responsible for just two of them as the second run was unearned due to an error. Gorman picked up a quality start in his first start this season, Larks fans should be expecting to see Gorman throw often this season as he is coming off a spectacular season at Harford Community College where he had an ERA of 1.56 and was 4-0.
Hunter Kloke came in and shut the door pitching the final three innings, two of which were scoreless. Kloke showed signs of excellence when he got himself out of a tight bases loaded jam in the 8th, he only gave up one run and struck out two Express batters capping off a great night for the Larks.
Inside The Boxscore: The Larks put up 13 hits in the game, six of which were for extra-bases including their first two home runs of the season, and their first triple of the season while also hitting three doubles in the game. Zack Gregory picked up four of his five RBI of the season last night after being perfect at the dish going 2-for-2 with a two-run HR, two-RBI single and he also walked three times. Brody Tanksley had another big game after driving in four runs via the first ever grand slam in franchise history to up his total to a team high seven RBI through the first two games. Jack Chernow is hitting a quiet .429 through two games which is the third highest on the team and he isn’t just doing it with the bat as he has made a couple of nice plays at second base. Larks fans can expect this to happen all season long as Chernow has been on the All-Ivy League Defensive team at second base in his two seasons at Columbia University.