KALAMAZOO, MI Three pitchers combined to give the Waterloo Bucks their first shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory over the Kalamazoo Growlers before 2,707 fans at Home Stryker Field on Friday night. Adam Brey struck out seven over six innings on the mound then handed the ball to Brent Jurceka and Adam Dian who held the lead.
Steven Pollakov drove in a run in the second inning with an infield ground out and Steven Goldstein provided insurance with a two-out RBI single in the ninth.
The game was the first ever meeting between the Bucks and the expansion Growlers who lost their fifth straight game with the decision. Kalamazoo relif pitcher Ryan Smoyer was excellent allowing only one run on just two hits over six innings.
The Bucks used some clutch plays in the field to make sure they would earn their first shutout since July 15, 2013. In the fifth inning, with two outs and a runner at first, Kalamazoo's Ryan Bull singled to center. The Bucks Kevin Kaczmarski came up throwing and nabbed Julien Phillips trying to go from first to third.
Then in the eighth, the inning began with Goldstein catching a Phillips deep fly with his back squeezed against the right field wall. Later in the inning, with two outs and a runner at third base Adam Dian would strikeout John Rubino to end the threat.
Dian would also strikeout the side in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season. Brey earns his first win of the summer while also delivering the third quality start in as many days from Bucks' starting pitchers.
The Bucks offense was held to only four hits but the team did get the lead off batter on base in five innings. Goldstein, Kaczmarski, Ryan Nagle and Logan Scherer had had the hits for the Bucks.