A's Outpunch Nationals in Wild Affair
Offense had been trending in recent Nationals / A's contests. Tuesday night was no different as the host A's downed the Nationals 15-9.
The Nationals loaded the bases in the first and threatened to push across the game's first tallies, but Curt Pryal's frozen rope was hit right at the left fielder to retire the side.
Not to worry, fans of offense....after a two run, two out single plated two first inning runs for Sheboygan, the A's erupted for seven more in the second to jump to an early 9-0 lead. The Nats responded with the first of Matt Richer's four hits plating Kyle Kalkopf in the third, but the real excitement came in the fifth.
With two outs Matt Richer reached on an infield single. After that, the next 7 Nationals reached base and when the dust cleared, Sheboygan's lead had been reduced to 9-8. Curt Pryal (2 run single) Paul Archambault (RBI single) Jimmy Jungbauer (RBI single) and Kyle Kalkopf (3 run double) each delivered key blows.
Unfortunately for the visitors, Sheboygan responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. A three run sixth and single run seventh put the game away.
The Nationals have no time mourn the loss with important league games in West Bend on Wednesday night and in West Allis (Kuenn Field) against Pewaukee on Thursday night. First pitch for both games is set for 7:30pm.