Bucks End Four-Game Skid With Victory Over Duluth
An eight-run fourth inning carried the Waterloo Bucks to a 9-3 victory over the Duluth Huskies at Riverfront Stadium Friday night (July 15, 2016).
The victory snapped a season-long four-game losing streak for the Bucks, who got six solid innings from starting pitcher Brett Solano (4-3). The right-hander from Menlo College retired 10-straight batters at one point and allowed just three runs on seven hits, while walking none and striking out four.
Duluth (4-6, 21-25) took an early 1-0 lead with a run in the first before Waterloo equaled the score in the second. Adam McGinnis began the frame with a double down the right field line and moved to third on a Tyler Curtis base hit. Newcomer Travon Benton, who signed with the Bucks earlier in the day, then brought McGinnis home on a sacrifice fly to right in his first at-bat of the year.
The Bucks (5-5, 27-18) sent 11 batters to the plate in the explosive fourth inning. Robert Neustrom had a pair of hits in the frame, a lead-off single to center field and a three-run home run to right-center. Waterloo had only four hits in the inning and was helped by two Duluth errors.
The Huskies trimmed Waterloo's lead to 9-3 with a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Carter Hanford doubled for his second hit of the game before Jake Pries belted a two-run home run to left, which capped the scoring.
UP NEXT: The Bucks continue their four-game home stand on Saturday (July 16), hosting the Willmar Stingers at 7:05 p.m. at Riverfront Stadium.
Story Contributor: Jared Schlensky - Waterloo Bucks