Streak ends as Rivets fall, 10-3

Staff Report 

The Rockford Rivets’ seven-game winning streak ended on Wednesday with a 10-3 loss to the Battle Creek Bombers at Rivets Stadium.

Battle Creek broke a 1-1 tie with a five-run second inning and led the rest of the night. In the second, the Bombers loaded the bases with nobody out. Rockford starter Cole Bellair walked Eric Gilgenbach to force home the go-ahead run, then threw a run-scoring wild pitch. Truman Brown followed with a sacrifice fly, Jarrod Watkins tripled in a run and Nick Podkul hit another sacrifice fly.

Bellair (1-2) gave up four hits and walked three in two innings and took the loss.

Battle Creek starter Tommy Parsons struck out nine and walked three over 6.1 innings for the win. Parsons (2-1) gave up three runs on three hits, among them Cade Bunnell’s two-run homer in the seventh inning.

Bunnell’s first home run of the year, a fly off the right-center field light pole, was the first homer hit by the Rivets in their home ballpark.

The Rivets had extended their win streak with Tuesday’s 4-3 home win over the Bombers.

Rockford starter Nick Drahozal threw a gem for the win. Drahozal (2-0) pitched held the Bombers to two runs on six hits and struck out six over his six innings of work. Zach Olszewski closed the game for the Rivets with a perfect ninth inning and earned his second save.

The Rivets took the lead for good with two runs in the third inning off Battle Creek starter Scott Sency. Ricardo Ramirez tied the game with a sacrifice fly and Neal Tyrell gave Rockford a 3-2 lead with a two-out RBI double to center field.

Braden Williams, who doubled in a run in the fourth, was 2-for-2 with two walks and one RBI.

The Rivets travel to Lakeshore to play the Chinooks at 6:35 p.m. Thursday at Kapco Park. Broadcasts and live streams can be found at NorthwoodsLeague.com.

Rockford’s next home game is 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, when they play the Kenosha Kingfish.

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