Kerian, Leon Lead Bucks to 9-3 Road Win
BATTLE CREEK, MI Mario Leon allowed only one run over six innings and David Kerian drove in three runs to lead the Waterloo Bucks to a 9-3 victory over the Battle Creek Bombers at C.O. Brown Stadium on Thursday night. The victory snaps a five-game Bucks' losing streak and earns the franchise it's 300th road victory all-time.
Making a spot start, Leon was stellar and if not for a controversial call going against the Bucks in the second inning, he wouldn't have allowed any runs. Leon kept Battle Creek's offense quiet while the Bucks were able to break out of their recent offensive malaise.
The Bucks struck in the first inning when David Kerian doubled inside the first base line to score Jon McAllister to make it 1-0.
Battle Creek answered in the second inning thanks to a questionable call. Leading off, Matt Darcy roped a line drive to right center but appeared to be thrown out at second base by center fielder Kevin Kaczmarski though he was called safe. After moving to third base on a passed ball, Darcy scored on Joey Havrilak's infield single.
After that, Leon stymied the Battle Creek bats as the Bombers had just one more hit until the seventh innings.
Waterloo reclaimed the lead for good in the fourth inning on a Steven Pollakov RBI single down the right field line, and a Luke Stratman safety squeeze bunt.
In the seventh inning, Kerian delivered a two-out two-run single that extended the lead to 5-1.
Battle Creek recouped those two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 5-3 but the Bucks put the game away in the eighth inning. Stratman knocked in a run with a single while a throwing error allowed two more to score later in the inning and it was 8-3.
A wild pitch allowed another run to score in the ninth and the Bucks won 9-3.
T.J. Peterson threw two innings allowing one earned run while Matt Behounek struck out the side in the ninth to complete the game.