Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Rockford Rivets (19-22) were never able to get going on offense in a 5-0 loss to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters on Tuesday night at Witter Field.
For the second time in as many games the Rivets couldn’t find a hit in the first three innings. Logan Michaels was able to break it up on a base hit to lead off the seventh and Ryan Cole was the only other Rivet to reach base with a double in the ninth.
“We just need somebody to get hot,” Rivets’ Manager Brian Smith said, “Then we can have our offense jump on their back, and we can have somebody take charge offensively.”
Cooper Cain took the loss for the Rivets. He allowed three hits and two runs over five innings, striking out six and walking one.
“Cooper [Cain] did a great job keeping us in that game,” Smith said, “We just need to do a better job getting runners on base.”
The Rivets and Rafters meet again tomorrow night before the Rivets head home for games on Thursday and Friday night. First pitch tomorrow is scheduled for 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.