Growlers win streak halted at three
Wausau, Wisc.- The Kalamazoo Growlers entered Athletic Park riding a three game win streak, but their hopes of making it a fourth straight were jeopardized in the first when the Wisconsin Woodchucks struck for 6 runs. The home team never looked back from there as a strong pitching performance from their starter Zach Barr (Arkansas) kept the Growlers bats in check for most of the evening. Barr went 6 innings, allowed two hits, and struck-out four while picking up his first win of the season. The Wisconsin Woodchucks offense was paced by Jake Jefferies (Cal State Fullerton) who had a four hit night,scored twice and chipped in 2 RBI's as the Woodchucks prevailed 8-1.
There were some bright spots for Kalamazoo, Jevon Boyd (Kaskaskia College) had a strong appearence out of the bullpen going 5.1 innings of work and striking out four. Ryan Lidge (Notre Dame) also had his 2nd multi-hit game in his last three starts and he continues to be a stalwart behind the plate.
The Kalamazoo Growlers are back in action tomorrow night as they play the second of this two game set in Wausau, Wisconsin against the Woodchucks. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 E.S.T
The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit http://www.growlersbaseball.com.