Bucks split second straight series with 7-3 win


                               Blake Alexander’s grand slam pushed Waterloo past Kenosha in the series finale.

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By: Jared Shlensky

KENOSHA, Wis. Waterloo avoided the sweep on Sunday after splitting its second straight series with a 7-3 win over the Kenosha Kingfish. The win was Waterloo’s first on the road and the first home loss of the season for Kenosha.

Jared Crescentinti (2-0) yielded one run on six hits, striking out two and walking one in his second straight win. Blake Alexander gave the Bucks their first home run of the year with a fourth inning grand slam while Tyler Curtis finished 3-for-4 with three doubles and an RBI.

Curtis started the fourth inning with his firth of three doubles on the day to left-center. Adam McGinnis followed Curtis with an infield single to the left side before Jake Hand’s sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position. After a Jake Adams walk, Alexander delivered the Bucks first home run of the season with a grand slam to left-center.

Waterloo (4-2) extended its lead to 6-0 with a pair of two-out runs in the fifth. Taylor Boyd led off the frame with a walk before Curtis doubled to left, giving the Bucks runners on second and third. Two batters later, Hand plated in a pair with a two-out, two-run single to center, bringing in both Boyd and Curtis. Hand’s single also extended his team-best hitting streak to six.

Kenosha (4-2) got on the board with a run in the sixth. Back-to-back singles by Matt Hearn and Wes Weeks gave the Kingfish runners on the corners to begin the frame before Nick Kanavas brought in Hearn on an RBI fielder’s choice.

Daniel Perry drew a two-out walk in the seventh before Curtis double to right, bringing around Perry for the Bucks’ final run of the day.

Five straight Kenosha walks, two with the bases loaded cut the Bucks lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the eighth.

Derek Hendrickson (1) retired six of the seven hitters he faced, three via the strikeout, in his first save of the season. Hendrickson has now retired 18 of the 20 batters he’s faced this season and hasn’t allowed a run in six straight innings out of the bullpen.

Aaron Schwark (0-1) was tagged with the loss in his Kingfish debut. The southpaw allowed six runs on seven hits while striking out two and walking two in 4 2/3 innings.

Waterloo concludes its three-game road trip tomorrow against the Rochester Honkers. LHP Patrick Boyle (0-0, 3.85) makes his second start of the season for the Bucks while the Honkers have yet to announce their starter. First pitch from Mayo Field is at 7:05 p.m.

The Bucks return home for the start of a three-game homestand on Tuesday, June 7 against Rochester. Tuesday’s game vs. the Honkers is a Twins Ticket Giveaway. One fan will receive a pair of tickets to an upcoming Twins game this as part of the SCHEELS Highway 63 Cup.