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Growlers Drop to 4-11, Bats Silent Against Kingfish Starting Pitching

Photo by Kimberly MossKALAMAZOO, MI – When Kenosha visited Kalamazoo a week ago, they dominated the Growlers 6-0. Kalamazoo (4-11), after adding three wins over a six game road-trip, was wishing they could halt the Kingfish's’ current five-game winning streak. Alas, the Growlers could not as Kenosha’s (11-4) bats propelled it to a 6-1 victory at Homer Stryker Field.

Also like a week ago, Kingfish starting pitching was the primary story of this ballgame as Brandon Allen (Eastern Illinois) only allowed three hits and one earned run with four strikeouts over his eight innings of solid work.

Gabe Gunter (Shelton State) (0-2, 9.94 ERA) picked up the loss after allowing six runs, three earned, over 4.1 innings.

Even though the Kingfish scored quickly, two in the first, and tacked on four more runs with two in the fourth and two in the fifth, Growlers’ reliever Cole Schafer (Coaster Carolina) blanked Kenosha through 4.2 innings in his Kalamazoo Growlers debut.

The lone Kalamazoo run came in the bottom of the third off a Justin Fletcher (Northern Illinois) ground-out after Jordan Standing (Houston) hit a ground-rule double and advanced to third on a single to right field from Kory Brown (Bowling Green).

The generously short 291-foot left field fence in Homer Stryker Field saw its first home run of the season. The long ball was a two-run shot from Andrew Brahier (UW Oshkosh) who had a great offensive day at the plate, going 2-5 with three RBI.

Kalamazoo again seeks to end the winning streak of the division leading Kingfish tomorrow at Homer Stryker Field, with the first pitch crossing the plate at 7:05 p.m.

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