Baseball: Grand Rapids stops Bemidji Mudcats for second time this week
Same chapter, new verse.For the second time in a week, the Grand Rapids Indians handed Bemidji's Mudcats a 3-0 setback, in Arrowhead League play Wednesday night.
The win lifted the Indians to 5-1 in league play and dropped the Cats to 3-3.
They step out of league play to face the Blue Ox Friday in the second game of the best of three series with the younger Blue Ox holding a 1-0 lead. Dan Bauer (0-0) will get the Mudcats starting call.
Wednesday's game was almost a carbon copy of the first meeting. At the Rapids, the Indians scored three runs in the first, the only runs that would be scored all night.
Wednesday the Rapids scored twice in the first. This time they added one more in the eighth to end the scoring.
Righthander Tyler Blomberg had the Cats eating out of his hand all night. He allowed only three singles, fanned eight and walked only two.
Bemidji threatened only twice.
In the third, Jeff Schaper singled up the middle and Andrew Hengel reached when his sacrifice bunt was fumbled. They advanced on a wild pitch.
But Blomberg avoided a run by getting a pop up, strikeout and following a walk, a force at second.
The only other threat came in the ninth when Tony Klaers singled and moved to second on a balk. Neil Huewe singled him to third. But a fly to short center and a quick 5-4-3 double play ended the game.
The double play was the Mudcats strong suit all evening. They turned four on the night to prevent the Indians from ever breaking open the game.
But again they took charge at the start. Bill Martinetto walked and Jim Brubaker beat out a bunt single. Another walk filled the bases.
One run scored on a force out and after a strikeout, John Stanek doubled into the right field corner to plate Brubaker.
Anderson then controlled play until the sixth. Then singles by Dave Gilbert and Alex Orgon plus a walk loaded the bases with one out and brought on Ryan Sander in relief.
He faced one batter for a 1-2-3 double play to end that threat.
But he gave up a run in the eighth when Brubaker doubled and took third on Gilbert's single. He scored as Kyle Figgins grounded into the fourth twin killing of the night.
Brubaker and Gilbert were the only players on either team with two hits.
The Cats dropped to 13-6-1 overall.