Mudhens beat Aces, are now 4-4
The Mudhens scored four runs in the fifth and seventh innings to pull away from the Red Wing Aces last Monday afternoon at Jack Ruhr Field.
Aces starter Aaron Johnson allowed the Mudhens to load the bases with one out in the fifth, and it all started with Matt Van Der Bosch's second walk to lead off the inning. With bases loaded, a soft roller to Bryant Blahnik at shortstop turned out to be just slow enough, as runners at second and first were both safe in the attempt to turn a double play. A hit batsman forced in another run and then Max Ryan followed with a single that drove in two.
The Mudhens used "small ball" in the seventh to begin their big inning. Andrew Werner led off with a single and Brian Schmitz then bunt singled to get things going. Later in the inning, Van Der Bosch came up with the big two-out single that scored two.
"We played well, it's kind of been our thing against these guys. It's almost like we outplay them for seven innings and then we give up two big innings," Aces player/manager Jimmy Bohmbach said.
Van Der Bosch finished 3-for-3 with two RBI and a two walks.
"For me I see the pitch really well from lefties," Van Der Bosch said, who is a lefty hitter and went up against two left-handed pitchers Monday. "I just relax a little more against them."
Van Der Bosch also credits his success against left-handers to his somewhat open stance in the batters box, which he said allows him to pick up breaking balls better.
The Aces could not figure out the efficient, fast-paced Erik Olson. A solo home run from Zach Laffey and an unearned run in the first inning was all the offense the Aces could muster against Olson, Miesville's starting pitcher.
"Well you know, we knew what he was throwing, so we just got a little over-anxious at times," Bohmbach said. "Our big thing this year is we're trying to get a little better offensively and to do that we have to get a little more patient at the plate and wait for a good pitch."
Olson put the Aces down in order, minus Laffey's solo shot in the fourth, from the second inning until he exited after the sixth inning.
"(Olson) just got in a groove, worked fast," Aces center fielder Steve Boldt said. "I don't know what we have to do, step out of the box more, try to break it up more."
Boldt was the lone Aces player with multiple hits. He hit a solo home run to the opposite field in the ninth inning.
Aaron Johnson took the loss for the Aces. The southpaw went five innings, surrendering seven hits and four runs, all of which came in the fifth. He struck out three and walked four. Augie Lindmark relieved Johnson in the sixth. He went 1 2/3 innings and gave up five earned runs off of six hits. Brandon LaRue went the rest of the way, not allowing any hits or runs.
"It was definitely a good way to restart our season," Van Der Bosch said. "We've been put through a lot of cancellations and it's been hard to kind of get going."