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Pitching deals, big hit eludes Bucks in 4-2 loss to St. Cloud

The Waterloo Bucks (28-20, 5-9) allowed just three earned runs on seven hits but left 13 runners on base in a 4-2 road loss to the St. Cloud Rox (35-12, 11-4) on Thursday evening. Starter Harrison Durow tied a career-high with seven strikeouts over 3.1 innings while Mike Campagna (2-for-5, 2B, RBI), Josh Kasevich (2-for-4, BB, R) and Jalen Smith (2-for-4, BB) each had multi-hit efforts. Waterloo went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and struck out 14 times in the game.

Zach Carrell (2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K), Eli Emerson (1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB) and Camren Landry (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) combined to deal 4.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Jacob Ruley (0-for-2, 2 BB, R, SB) tallied the Bucks’ first run in the third, trimming the deficit to 3-1, by drawing a leadoff walk, stealing second, advancing to third on a Sam Biller (1-for-4) single then crossing home courtesy of a Chris Seng (1-for-4, BB, RBI, SB) run-scoring groundout.

Kasevich scored Waterloo’s second run on a sixth-inning Campagna RBI double laced down the right field line.

The Bucks go for a split in St. Cloud on Friday evening at 7:05 p.m. CST.