KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Growlers and Battle Creek Bombers each picked up a victory in today's day/night doubleheader. The Growlers got the win on the road in the morning game by a score of 5-3 and Battle Creek followed that up with a 7-1 win in Kalamazoo during the night game.
Kalamazoo was in full control in the first game today due to a terrific outing on the mound by starting pitcher Devin Pellien. Pellien pitched six scoreless innings while only allowing seven hits and striking out six Bombers hitters.
The Growlers scored the first five runs of this game. Dan Robinson, Camden Duzenack, TJ Marik, and Connor Kopach all drove in runs in this one to get the Growlers out to a 5-0 lead in just the first six innings.
Battle Creek was able to give the Growlers a scare with a three-run ninth inning. Dean Miller and Ryan Dorow were the run producers for the Bombers during their comeback bid, but it fell short and the Growlers held on to win by a score of 5-3.
The second game was beginning to look like a pitcher's duel between Kevin Marnon and Scott Sency before the Bombers capitalized on a passed ball in the third inning and were able to add another run later in the inning to make it 2-0.
Both teams added runs in the fifth inning thanks to Dean Miller and Sam Griggs RBIs to make it a 3-1 contest.
Kalamazoo was able to keep pace with the Bombers in the hits category, as each team had ten, but could not push runners across the plate. Battle Creek added three more runs in the final two frames and made it out of hand for the Growlers.
Starting pitcher Kevin Marnon had a quality start for Kalamazoo in the late game. Marnon pitched seven innings, gave up three runs, and struck out three Battel Creek batters.
The Growlers will now hit the road for two games in Madison before ending the week at home with series against Green Bay and Rochester.
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