Rivets score late to beat Green Bay, 4-3
LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford Rivets took advantage of a strong start from pitcher Tyler Thornton to hold off the Green Bay offense, then rallied late against the Bullfrogs’ bullpen for a 4-3 win on Wednesday at Rivets Stadium.
Thornton scattered six hits, struck out four and walked one over five scoreless innings in a no-decision. The Tennessee Wesleyan righthander stranded six runners, three of them in his final inning of work.
The Rivets broke a 1-1 tie with three runs off the Green Bay bullpen in the seventh inning, courtesy of a pair of Missouri State University players. Matt Gunter (3-1) was lifted with the bases loaded and one out. Jeremy Graf came on to pitch and allowed all three runners to score, one on a Jordan Hovey groundout and two on a Hunter Steinmetz single to left field.
Rockford reliever Anthony Dahl lost a 1-0 lead inherited from Thornton when Laren Eustace rounded the bases in the seventh after an outfield collision, but wound up the pitcher of record. Dahl (2-0) gave up two runs, but struck out six over three innings for the win. Zach Olszewski gave up a run in the ninth inning on a Marcus Shoemaker sacrifice fly, but stranded the possible tying run and picked up his fourth save.
The Rivets face The Green Bay Bullfrogs at Rivets Stadium 6:35 p.m. Thursday. On Thirsty Thursdays, beer is just $3. Broadcasts and live streams can be found at NorthwoodsLeague.com.
Rockford is a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League, which will play its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2016. The Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (Washington Nationals) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (Chicago White Sox), Jordan Zimmermann (Detroit Tigers), Curtis Granderson (New York Mets), Lucas Duda (Mets) and Ben Zobrist (Chicago Cubs). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website, NorthwoodsLeague.com. For more information, visit RockfordRivets.com.