KALAMAZOO, MI – The Growlers take another upsetting loss at home against the Lakeshore Chinooks, falling 13-6 in tonight’s matchup. The Chinooks took the lead in the beginning of the first inning by bringing in four runs with Jacob Richardson up to bat, who hit a ground ball single and brought in Matthew Mika to put the first point on the board. As TJ Raguse came up to bat following, he advanced to first and brought in three additional runs to give the Chinooks a 4-0 lead.
With the Growlers defense playing soft, Ryan Mergener got his first RBI to bring Jeff Riedel in to give the Growlers a 4-1 score in the inning. As the Chinooks continued to score over the next 5 innings they put 8 additional runs on the board.
While the Chinooks continued to add more points, the Growlers trailed throughout the game, with Jeff Riedel bringing Kaleb Murphy in for another RBI alongside Brynn Martinez, who scored from a ground ball single RBI from Matt Koehler, who was also batted in later in the second inning by Ivan Estrella. The Growlers could not catch up to the Chinooks as they added an additional 3 runs in the 3rd inning and continued to score in the 4th, 5th, & 6th inning, with the Chinooks ending the game with an error on the unearned wild pitch from Growler Javier Martinez.
The Growlers have another chance to even the series out 1-1 and to snap a 6 game skid tomorrow in the second game of this 6 game homestand. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM EST at Homer Stryker Field.
The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 160 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visitwww.growlersbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Growlers as your favorite team.