Waterloo and Eau Claire conclude their four-game series on Sunday in Wisconsin.
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By: Jared Shlensky
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Waterloo ended its season-high seven-game losing streak with a 5-0 shutout over the Eau Claire Express on Saturday night. Brett Solano tossed six shutout innings while Lane Millgan finished with two hits and a home run against his former team.
Three straight hits in the top of the first gave Waterloo an early 2-0 lead in the first game from Wisconsin between the Express and the Bucks. Milligan pulled a single into right field for the first hit of the game before Tyler Curtis singled to right, giving the Bucks runners on the corners. Adam McGinnis brought home the first Bucks run of the night with an RBI single to right before Brody Weiss doubled Waterloo’s lead with a two-out, RBI single.
Waterloo (10-20, 32-33) extended its lead to 3-0 with a run in the seventh. Zach Weatherford led off the inning with a walk before moving to second on a groundout to the right side from Milligan. Weatherford then stole third before coming in to score on Curtis’ RBI double to right-center.
The Bucks increased their lead to five on Milligan’s two-run home run to right field. Iowa native Kyle Crowl drew a walk before Milligan pulled his first home run of the year over the fence in right.
Eau Claire (16-13, 41-24) stranded the bases-loaded twice on the night and left 11 total on base. Solano (6-5) tossed six shutout innings in his-team sixth win of the season. The right-hander yielded five hits and four walks while striking out six in the victory.
Hunter Spencer (8) retired one of the two batters he faced in his team-high eighth hold of the year. Derek Hendrixson (6) faced the minimum in the eight-out save. Hendirxson struck out three and walked one in the save.
Michael Gomez (1-3) was charged with the loss for the Express. The right-hander allowed two runs on six hits, walking four and striking out two over four innings.
Waterloo and Eau Claire conclude their four-game series on Sunday in Wisconsin. First pitch from Carson Park is at 5:05 p.m. with RHP Jonathan Buckley (1-2, 4.81) opposing Express RHP Ryan Zimmerman (1-0, 2.10).
Waterloo returns home on Monday for a two-game homestand against the Thunder Bay Border Cats. First pitch in the series opener is at 7:05 p.m. Monday’s game is another Buck Night at Riverfront Stadium. 10 oz. draft beer, 12 oz. fountain soda, small popcorn and ice cream sandwiches cost $1.00 while hot dogs are just $1.50.
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