Green Bay Uses Big Inning to Beat Rockford 9-5
Loves Park, Il. – The Green Bay Bullfrogs (25-29) beat the Rockford Rivets (27-36) at Rivets Stadium on Friday night 9-5.
Rockford led 5-3 at the end of six innings but, due to a series of hits and a couple of errors committed by the Rivets, the Bullfrogs would score five runs in the seventh inning and take a 8-3 lead. Rockford struggled on the defensive side of the ball all night, and by the end of the game they would commit six errors total.
“We are not going to win any games if we commit that many errors,” Rivets’ Manager Brian Smith said after the game. “It does not matter what you do offensively and it does not matter what you do on the mound, if we can’t pick the ball up we don’t deserve to win.”
Rivets catcher Brendan Krob made his first start in a Rockford uniform on Friday night and reached base three times in five at bats, which included two hits, a walk and an RBI. Shortstop Tim Lilly also finished the game with two hits and third baseman Parker Kelly managed to score two runs from the leadoff spot.
Jimmy Burnette started the game on the mound for Rockford and went 5.0 innings while allowing one earned run and striking out six. He has allowed just three hits and one run in his last two starts.
Rockford will now travel to Battle Creek on Saturday to take on the Bombers at 6:35 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.