Pirates pound out 17 hits; win 16-6
The Blue Earth Pirates knocked out 17 hits and benefited from nine Cleveland Spider errors to win 16-6 in seven innings Tuesday night.
With two league victories last week over Cleveland and Minnesota Lake, Blue Earth is 10-1 in 13-60 league play and improved to 17-3 overall.
Against Cleveland, the 10-run-rule went into effect in the bottom of the seventh as Blue Earth exploded for six runs to end the game.
In the inning the Pirates had four successive batters reach base before the Spiders could record the first out.
Blue Earth’s Trent Sonnicksen kicked things off in the six-run inning doubling to left-center field. Sukalski followed the double by reaching base on a walk.
With two runners on, T.J. Schmidtke laced a single inside the first base line to score Sukalski and Sonnicksen. Garrett Anderson was the fourth Pirate to reach base in the inning with a single moving Schmidtke to third base. A T.J. Stallman sacrifice fly to right field was Blue Earth’s first out of the inning, but scored Schmidtke to extend the Pirate lead to 13-6.
Pitcher Kane Malo walked and Amundson was hit by a pitch to load the bases with Pirates. With two runners in scoring position, Bobby Olson stepped up to the plate and drove in Anderson and Malo on a double to right field to put the Pirates up by nine runs.
Left handed batter Aaron Wendt delivered the final blow when he singled taking a pitch to opposite field that just clipped the foul line. Amundson strolled in from third and the Pirates secured their eighth victory in a row.
The Blue Earth six-run seventh was the Pirate highlight of a game marked by sloppy play and erratic pitching.
The two teams combined for 14 errors in the field and complemented poor defensive play with walks and hit batters.
Domitru Beck started the game on the mound for the Pirates, but couldn’t find the strike zone with walks contributing to the majority of the four Spider runs given up in the third inning.
The Cleveland outburst gave the Spiders a short lived lead that was erased in the bottom half of the inning when Blue Earth took advantage of two Cleveland errors to tie the game
Malo replaced Beck in the fourth to eventually close out the game and pick up the victory for the Pirates.
Malo set the tone in his first inning of work retiring the Spiders in order. The reliever allowed only one run in his four innings on the mound.
Offensively, Schmidtke shined for the Pirates at the plate going 4-5 with four singles.
The10-run victory was the second Pirate blowout in a row after a 15-0 win over Minnesota Lake on Tuesday.