Winning Streak Eludes Chinooks in 3-1 Loss to Kingfish
Mequon, WI – With an opportunity to win consecutive games for the first time since June 5-6, the Lakeshore Chinooks couldn’t get enough going on offense and fell to the Kenosha Kingfish on Wednesday, 3-1.
Lakeshore managed just two baserunners in the final 3 1/3 innings against Kenosha’s Trent Palmer. The only time the Chinooks reached scoring position against Palmer was due to defensive indifference with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. In total, the Chinooks struck out 13 times against Kingfish pitching.
Starting pitcher Konnor Ash got the nod for Lakeshore, and lasted five innings and allowed three runs on six hits and two walks. He worked out of a two-out jam in the first inning, when he induced a ground ball to second base to strand runners on second and third.
He wasn’t as lucky in the third and fifth innings, however. Leadoff doubles in both innings got Ash into trouble, and a pair of RBI singles and a sacrifice fly netted the Kingish three runs against Ash in the two innings combined. In the second and fourth innings, Ash set down the Kenosha side in order. He didn’t receive any runs of support while he was on the mound, and exited the game with the Chinooks trailing, 3-0.
Left-handed reliever Marko Boricich made his Chinooks debut out of the bullpen, and threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He walked four batters in the top of the seventh inning after a 1-2-3 sixth inning, but a double play and a superb, full-extension diving catch by Christian Boulware kept Kenosha off the board while Boricich was on the mound.
Lakeshore got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning when back-to-back walks allowed to shortstop Jack Dunn and first baseman Ronald Sweeny sparked a rally. With two outs and two on, catcher Dallas Beaver delivered an RBI single to left field to trim the deficit to 3-1. Designated hitter Turner Buis, representing the go-ahead run, struck out looking to end the inning.
With the RBI single, Beaver extends his hitting streak to a modest four games. After a 2-for-4 night, he’s 14-for-39 with six runs batted in and four extra-base hits in his last nine games. Five of those nine games have been multi-hit games for Beaver, who has hit .359 since June 16.
Left-handed reliever Luis Ferrer made his fourth appearance of the season out of the bullpen and pitched in and out of trouble in the eighth inning. A walk, a sacrifice bunt, and a single put runners on second and third base with one out. Back-to-back strikeouts, however, got Ferrer out of the jam.
Ferrer returned the mound for a scoreless inning. He’s now thrown five consecutive scoreless innings with eight strikeouts in that span.
Second baseman Jim Govern made his Lakeshore debut and hit seventh in the lineup. He played smooth in the field despite a quiet 0-for-4 night at the plate. In particular, a diving catch with the infield in during the top of the ninth showcased Govern’s glovework.
The Chinooks begin a two-game series against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters on the road Thursday. Kevin Tibor will make the start for Lakeshore, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. Tibor is 2-2 with a 1.33 ERA in four starts this season.
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