Green Bay, Wis. – The Chinooks fell to the Rockers 12-8 in a hard-fought comeback in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon.
After the Rockers (9-6) took an 8-0 lead, the Lakeshore Chinooks (8-7) brought themselves back in the game, but the Rockers racked up the runs in late innings giving the Chinooks a small window to come back.
The Green Bay Rockers took a small lead in the first inning by scoring one run due to a base hit by Tristan Garcia bringing in Justin Simpson to score after he led the inning off with a triple to left field.
It took time for the Chinooks to get started at the plate as they were held scoreless until the fourth inning.
Tommy Lamb (1-1, 7.08 ERA) got the start on the mound for the Chinooks. Lamb pitched 2.1 innings giving up eight runs on nine hits.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Rockers piled on the runs. The Rockers took a 2-0 lead off a J.P Gauthier RBI single through the left side. Garcia continued in what would be his day at the plate by taking a 5-0 lead over the Chinooks with a three-run homer to right field.
An RBI single by Carson Yates put the Rockers up 6-0 in the bottom of the third inning just before Johnny Czeslawski came in to pitch for the Chinooks. Czeslawski took the mound with bases loaded and with back-to-back walks, the Rockers scored two more runs to take an 8-0 lead.
Czeslawski (0-3, 5.74 ERA) pitched 3.1 innings for the Chinooks. In Czeslawski’s outing he allowed no runs on one hit.
The Chinooks found some excitement at the plate in the top of the fourth when Aidan Longwell hit a double to right center. With bases loaded, Caden Kaiser worked an RBI walk to get the Chinooks first run on the board. Bryce Stober had a two run RBI single to the pitcher, Kaiser scored off a wild pitch and Stober scored on an Andy Nelson RBI groundout to put the Chinooks within three runs.
The Rockers were held to two back-to-back scoreless innings by Czeslawski and the Chinooks offense capitalized on the Rocker’s quiet innings. The Chinooks proved they were not out of the competition as Nathan Aide hit a three-run homer to right field tying the game at eight runs each.
Green Bay answered right back taking a 9-8 lead in the bottom of the sixth off a Danny Wuestenfeld RBI double to right field against the Chinooks new pitcher Marc Lidd.
The Chinooks were able to get runners in scoring position in the top of the seventh inning and the top of the eighth but were left stranded. Kaiser led off with a single that bounced off the right field wall in the seventh and Deprey found himself on base in the eighth on a six-pitch walk.
Calvin Bickerstaff (2-3, 3.20 ERA) came in to pitch for the Chinooks in the bottom of the seventh inning. Bickerstaff allowed three runs on three hits, three strikeouts and no walks.
In the bottom of the eighth, Keniel De Leon ripped a three-run home run to right field to put the Rockers up 12-8.
The Chinooks threatened to tie the game in the top of the ninth after bases were loaded and one run scored after Marcus Cline had an RBI single to shallow right field. The bases were left loaded as the final three Chinooks were retired on strikes.
The Chinooks will be back at Moonlight Graham Field at Kapco Park tomorrow for a start of a three-game home stand starting with the Wisconsin Rapids at 6:35 p.m.