West Bend Edges Nationals
Though the Nationals lumber continues to slumber, the team scratched out a run in the ninth on Thursday night to tie the contest at 2-2. Unfortunately that momentum was short lived. West Bend plated the winning run with two outs in the bottom half of the frame to take the game 3-2.
Aaron Goecks provided the Nats with an early 1-0 lead on a solo homer to right field. West Bend countered in the fifth with a two out single that scored two to give them a 2-1 lead.
That score held until the ninth. Matt Richer coaxed a lead off walk and promptly stole second. With one out and Richer on the move again, Curt Pryal hit a ground ball to the left of the shortstop which he failed to field cleanly and Richer came around to score the tying run.
The game appeared headed for extra innings when rookie Jon Caban, making his Nationals debut, struck out the first two men in the 9th. The next hitter drew his third walk of the game and advanced on a pitch in the dirt. With two strikes, West Bend's three hitter ended it, sending his third hit of the game down the line in left.
Next up for the Nationals are the Wisconsin State League's Addison Braves. The Braves come to Harvey Kuenn Field in West Allis on Saturday for a DH starting at 3pm. Come early and receive your own HOF Tentoni face-on-a-stick giveaway item - free to the first 5 fans.