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Rivets Drop Pitching Duel 2-1

Wausau, Wis. – Despite a no-hitter from Jimmy Burnette through 5.2 innings, the Rockford Rivets (19-21) dropped a low scoring affair with the Wisconsin Woodchucks 2-1 on Monday night at Athletic Park.

The final line for the Illinois pitcher was 6.2 innings pitched, two hits allowed, two earned runs, six strikeouts, and seven walks.

“Jimmy Burnette did a great job limiting damage tonight,” Rivets’ Manager Brian Smith said of his starter, “He walked way too many guys, he knows that, so we would call today being effectively wild.”

The Woodchucks had a good pitching performance of their own as starter Greg Dunham also had a no-hitter going until Parker Kelly was able to get a single in the top of the seventh to get the first hit of the game for the Rivets’ offense.

For the second night in a row, Rockford failed an attempt at rallying late with the score 2-0 going into the eighth. Jacob Vander Wal was able to drop an RBI single into right field and score Logan Michaels making his debut in a Rivets’ uniform, but no more Rivets were able to get across the plate.

The Rivets got three hits today, compared to two by the Woodchucks. This is the second straight game the Rivets have lost while out hitting the other team.

The Rivets now head to Wisconsin Rapids for the first time this year to continue the four-game road trip. First pitch is at 7:05 PM.

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.