The Waterloo Bucks (24-17, 1-6) lineup regained their mojo by pounding out 16 hits in a 12-7 drubbing of the Rochester Honkers (19-20, 4-3) on Monday evening, clawing back from a 5-1 deficit after three-and-a-half to snap their seven-game losing streak. Chris Seng (3-for-4, 3 R, RBI, SB), Josh Kasevich (3-for-5, R, 3 RBI, SB), Garrett McGowan (3-for-5, R, RBI) and Mike Campagna (2-for-4, BB, R, HR, 3 RBI) each posted multi-hit nights while each of the Bucks’ starters recorded at least one hit. Waterloo went 10-for-19 with runners in scoring position, capitalizing on big opportunities with a seven-run fourth and a four-run eighth.
Trailing 2-0 entering the home half of the third, Seng reached on a one-out bunt single then stole second. The Bucks’ speedy centerfielder scored two batters later on a Kasevich RBI single, cutting the deficit to one. Rochester responded with a three-spot in the fourth, making it 5-1 Honkers.
McGowan singled to lead off the ensuing half-inning, then Campagna blasted a two-run homer to deep left. Max Jung-Goldberg (1-for-1, BB, 2B) drew a walk followed by back-to-back singles courtesy of Emi Gonzalez (1-for-5, R) and Ryan McNally (1-for-4, 2 R, SB, ROE) to load the bases. Dalton Chandler (1-for-3, R, RBI, SF) lifted a sac fly, then Seng, Kasevich and McGowan kept the scoring going with RBI base knocks. Campagna closed out the seven-run frame with an RBI single of his own.
Continuing a ridiculous game behind the plate, Campagna threw out the tying runner attempting to steal second to end the eighth. The Bucks rode the momentum with a four-run home half as each of the first seven batters reached base highlighted by a two-run Jalen Smith (1-for-5, R, 2 RBI) single and an RBI single off the bat of Kasevich.
Eli Emerson earned the win with an inning and two-thirds of relief. The Bucks bullpen dealt the rest of the way to secure the victory, with scoreless frames courtesy of Zach Carrell (1.0 IP, H, 0 R, BB, K), Cameron Hagan (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K), Nolan Santos (1.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) and Zach Button (GF, 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K).
Waterloo travels to Rochester to play the Honkers on the road side of the home-and-home, with a 6:35 p.m. CST first pitch at Mayo Field.