Mequon, Wis. – The Rockford Rivets (6-5) were never able to find their groove in a 10-0 loss to the Lakeshore Chinooks on Friday night at Kapco Park. The Chinooks scored in a myriad of ways, but the biggest push was a four-run fifth inning to put Lakeshore up 7-0.
Lakeshore scored in the fifth inning with an RBI single, followed by an RBI triple for the Chinooks, before first baseman Connor Christman knocked a two-run shot over the left-field fence to cap off a tough bottom of the fifth for Rivets’ reliever JT Baksha.
Rockford had trouble with their control all night in the field and on the mound. The four different Rivets’ pitchers that took the mound had a total of ten walks, while the Rockford defense accumulated five errors.
“Making five errors is nothing to write home about,” said Rivets’ Manager Brian Smith, “We didn’t deserve to win that game from the second inning on and it proved to it.”
The Rivets also struggled at the plate and were shut out for the first time this season. Pat Loeffler, Joey Butler, Brock Mathis, and Brock Martin were the only Rivets to snag hits against the Chinooks’ pitching staff.
Lakeshore will come to Rivets Stadium tomorrow for the second game of the home-and-home series between the Rivets and the Chinooks. It is also First Responders Night at Rivets Stadium and the game will be followed by a firework show.
Tickets for the Rockford Rivets are available for purchase, including our 5-Game Pack which now costs only $60. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Rivets’ Ticket Office at (815) 240-4159.
The Rockford Rivets are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.rockfordrivets.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rivets as your favorite team.