Battle Creek, MI – After forcing Bombers starting pitcher Matt Pulos to exit in only the second inning, the Chinooks offense went quiet for the rest of the night. But a solid performance by Lakeshore’s pitching staff kept allowed them to pick up the sweep against Battle Creek.
The Chinooks got their only two runs of the game in the second inning off of Pulos. After loading the bases with nobody out, a wild pitch scored Luke Mangieri to open the scoring for the Chinooks. Battle Creek went to their bullpen early, going with Brett Manis to try and limit the damage. Manis walked Cole Turney to load the bases again, but got Garrett Gilbert to strike out for out number one. Alex Stevenson hit a sacrifice fly to center to score the second run, but the Chinooks stranded two after DJ Lee flew out to end the inning.
Lakeshore’s offense would not be able to do any damage against the Bombers bullpen, especially after Kenuel Dominguez entered in the third inning. Dominguez did not allow a hit over the six innings he threw, only allowing two baserunners via walks. He struck out five Chinooks to keep the Bombers close as the game progressed.
For the Chinooks, starting pitcher Nate Odahl threw five shutout innings, but had to work out of jams his entire night. The Bombers stranded 10 runners in the five innings against Odahl, who had a couple of key strikeouts to end any rally for Battle Creek.
The Bombers were able to close the Chinooks lead to only one after scoring in their half of the sixth inning. Kyle Schmitt entered in relief for Lakeshore, and walked a couple of batters to put himself in trouble. An error by second baseman Takahiro Yamada loaded the bases for Battle Creek. Will Baker singled to left field, which scored the first run for the Bombers. Schmitt stayed calm however, and got Drake Osborn to pop up and pinch hitter Alec Cargin to strike out to end the inning.
James Wright IV and Jacob Lindemann pitched the eighth and ninth innings respectively for the Chinooks are preserved the lead for a 2-1 win.
The Chinooks picked up the two game sweep over the Bombers, and improved their record to 4-4 on the season.
Lakeshore will look to keep their three game winning streak alive against the Green Bay Bullfrogs tomorrow. The Chinooks return home to Kapco Park with an early 11:35 am first pitch tomorrow.
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