Mequon, WI- After exploding for 12 runs against the Mallards, Lakeshore traveled home to take on the division leading Green Bay Booyah. Jesse Slinger was set to take the mound of for Lakeshore. Slinger would take the mound with 5.55 ERA and 0-0 record against Green Bay. Before tonight, Slinger faced Green Bay in two appearances. June 28th, his first start of the season, he struck out five batters, and just before the all-star break, Slinger worked one inning where he gave up three runs on three hits.
Jesse Slinger would work a very quick first inning. Lakeshore would take the slow and steady approach, waiting for pitches they liked. After 14 pitches thrown by Green Bay, Lakeshore would be retired in order.
Green Bay would be tuned away in order once again as Jesse Slinger had Green Bay’s number early on. Lakeshore would get things rolling after a Griffin Doersching walk. Daryl Myers would follow with a long double and Lakeshore had runners in scoring position with no outs. After a David Dunn single, Lakeshore grabbed the lead. Trent Bauer took his place in the batter’s box and followed the patient mindset the Chinooks brought into the game. He would drive a single to right and Lakeshore would load the bases with no outs. After a sac-fly from Gunner Hellstrom, Justin Olson would poke a double to left that would score one. Mike Trautwein would replace him at second with a double of his own and bringing in two. Lakeshore lead 5-0 in the second. Cole Barr continued the hitting barrage with a single that would score Trautwien. Doersching would come to the plate against and this time he would make the last out of the inning. The damage was done in the second and Lakeshore lead 6-0 moving into the third.
After being retired in order, Green Bay managed to get their first base runner of the evening. With two outs on the board, leadoff hitter, Chris Williams hit a frozen rope to deep left center field. With Green Bay getting one back, Blaise Maris would single to center. Lakeshore’s lead was cut to just four. Thanks to an error by the second baseman and an infield hit, the Chinooks would threaten with runners at the corners. A wild pitch would allow runners to advance and the lead was back to five for Lakeshore.
Green Bay would attempt to slim the lead in the fourth and a single from the leadoff batter would help that cause. Another single and walk would load the bases for Green Bay. With no outs, Slinger would work around a ‘major’ jam as he would get three straight Booyah batters to popout. Two quick outs seemed to signal a quick inning for Lakeshore. Jake Thompson would rope a double to right field to stop the quick inning. Griffin Doersching would ground out to third to end the inning.
Slinger would be back on the mound in the fifth and he would retire Green Bay in order once again. That would be Slinger’s third 1-2-3 inning of the night. A single and another Green Bay error would put two runners on for Lakeshore. Mike Trautwein would see two pitches and third pitch he would made solid contact and drove the ball to left center field. That would bring in two runs and the lead would bloat to eight. Thompson would follow with a double and a throwing error would bring in another run. The lead over Green Bay was now at ten runs.
Jesse Slinger would go back to work in the sixth inning. After a strikeout, an error by Myers and a single would put tow runners on for Green Bay. Slinger would get out of the inning by striking out and popping out two consecutive Green Bay batters. Slinger would get out of the inning by striking out and popping out two consecutive Green Bay batters. A hit by pitch and walk would put two Chinooks on base with no outs to start the sixth.
Shortly after, fog from Lake Michigan rolled onto the field and visibility went form 100 percent to about 10 percent. Lakeshore and Green Bay would join in a game of duck-duck- goose to pass the time. After a 20-minute fog delay, the umpires decide to call the game as visibility did not improve.
Jesse Slinger would take the win going six innings collecting three strikeouts and only allowing 2 earned runs. The bats came alive and everyone was able to contribute to this offensive onslaught tonight at Kapco Park.
Lakeshore travels to Green Bay tomorrow to finish up the series. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m.
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