LOVES PARK, Ill. – For the second night in a row, the Rockford Rivets held on to a one-run lead and beat the Green Bay Bullfrogs, 3-2, on Thursday at Rivets Stadium.
Rockford completed a two-game series sweep when Green Bay stranded the possible tying run at third base. In Wednesday’s series opener, a 4-3 win, the Bullfrogs also left the potential tying run on base.
Three Rockford pitchers combined on a six-hitter. Starter Cory Wright went seven innings for the win. Wright (3-1), from Parkland Community College, gave up two runs on five hits.
Joe Romero pitched a hitless eighth inning and Zach Olszewski earned the save for the second night in a row. In the ninth, Olszewski gave up a two-out triple to Jonah Davis, but retired Laren Eustace on a grounder to first to earn his fifth save of the season.
Austin Hancock (1-5) gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits over five innings, and took the loss. The Rivets were hitless against the Green Bay bullpen.
Rockford led from the second inning on. Jordan Hovey, from Missouri State, tripled in two runs in the second to give the Rivets a 2-1 lead.
The Rivets face The Lakeshore Chinooks at Rivets Stadium 6:35 p.m. Friday for Zooperstars night. It’s also TGIF, when beer is just $3 from the time gates open until the first pitch of the game. 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, in its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball. 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.