Rox Furious Comeback Falls Short
La Crosse, WI — The Rox faced a tall task late in Wednesday's game. Come back from a 9-2 deficit on the road. Going into the 7th, that's when the comeback trail began. They only had 3 hits going into the inning, but came up with 5 in that frame. It started with 4 straight singles. Trevor Putzig (Tennessee Tech) ripped an RBI single, and Keaton Kringlen (BYU) delivered a 2 run double to put the Rox back in it. It the 8th the rally continued with an RBI base knock from Drew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana). Putzig didn't come up long after and drove in another run to trim the Loggers lead.
St. Cloud's scoring stopped there though, and couldn't come up with any more magic and fell 9-7 Wednesday night. Overall it was a solid effort from several hitters after having a day off Tuesday. 4 players registered multiple hits, and Putzig and Ricardo Sanchez (Arkansas-Pine Bluff) each had 3. All of Putzig's hits drove in runs as well. He also reached base safely in all 5 plate appearances. In addition to his hits he drew 2 walks.
The bullpen was stout once again, and featured 2 players on the mound for the final time this summer. Joe Calamita (Bethune-Cookman) and Ivan Coutinho (Bethune-Cookman) came on for one last appearance on the mound before starting school this Monday. Coutinho was lights out in 2 scoreless innings, where he had 3 strikeouts. Bobby Gauvreau (Minnesota State-Mankato) finished the 8th in a hitless inning in relief, and did his best to set up the Rox to complete the comeback.
The Rox now return home for their final two regular season games against the Express. 1st pitch tomorrow is at 7:05 PM and there will be a Double Bobblehead of 2016 Northwoods Field Manager of the Year Augie Rodriguez and Two-Time World Series Champion Al Newman presented by Capital One, 1240 WJON and 98.1 Minnesota's New Country. The 1st 400 fans at the game will receive a token to be redeemed for a double bobblehead after the fifth inning.
Tonight's Box Score.
Northwoods League Standings.
Wednesday's St. Cloud Times Player of the Night is Trevor Putzig, who went 3-3 with 3 RBI singles and 2 walks.
The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate 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, 180 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two- time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.stcloudrox.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rox as your favorite team.