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Pirates drop two in a row at home

By Staff | Jul 5, 2020

TJ Schmidtke follows the ball into the glove.

The Janesville Jays came to Blue Earth on Wednesday night, July 1, and held the Pirates scoreless on their way to a 3-0 victory.

Janesville’s pitchers only allowed four hits through nine innings. The Pirates only had one runner make it as far as third base.

Logan Jahnke was the starting pitcher for Blue Earth and cruised through his first two innings of work.

He struck out the first batter he faced in the top of the third inning before the next batter reached base on a broken-bat hit to the infield. The Jays then came up with two big hits, a double and a single, to score two runs. Jahnke recorded another strike out for the second out of the inning but Janesville added another run before Garrett Anderson came on to get the last out of the inning.

Anderson would finish the game on the mound for the Pirates.. He faced a total of 19 batters and struck out 15. He struck out the side in both the seventh and eighth innings. Anderson allowed only one hit which was a swinging bunt in the top of the ninth inning.

Keegan O’Brien squares one up while batting against the New Ulm Brewers. The Brewers defeated the Pirates 12-8 on Friday, June 26

The final statistics showed Janesville with three runs on six hits. The Pirates had zero runs on four hits

New Ulm 12, BE 8

The Blue Earth Pirates played host to the New Ulm Brewers on Friday, June 26, at Veterans Field in Blue Earth.

The Pirates led 3-2 through six innings but an eight-run seventh inning propelled the Brewers to a 12-8 victory over the home team.

Garrett Anderson started on the mound for Blue Earth. He gave up a two-run homer to New Ulm’s catcher, Hunter Ranweiler, in the top of the fourth. Those would be the only runs the tall right-hander would surrender in six innings of work.

The Pirates got on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the second inning.

Anderson reached first on a bloop hit to the outfield. Cody Sukalski hit into a force play with Anderson out at second base. Tanner Nawrocki came to the plate and lined a single over the second basemen’s head to put runners on the corners.

With TJ Stallman at the plate, the Pirates pulled off a double steal with Sukalski scoring and Nawrocki advancing to second base.

Nawrocki moved to third base when Stallman was safe at first on an error by the third baseman. Nawrocki scored when Anders Fering hit a grounder to force Stallman out at second base for the second out of the inning.

After the Brewers had tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth inning, the Pirates regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth.

Nawrocki was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Stallman’s grounder hit the second base bag for a single. In a repeat of the second inning, Nawrocki scored when a ball hit off the bat of Fering forced Stallman out at second.

The score remained 3-2 in favor of the Pirates until the top of the seventh inning. The Brewers loaded the bases on an infield hit, a walk and a bunt single. A combination of walks, singles and a wild pitch resulted in eight runs being scored by New Ulm and a 10-3 Brewer’s lead.

The Pirates added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth and three in the bottom of the ninth while the Brewers scored twice in the top of the ninth inning to make the final score 12-5 in favor of New Ulm.

Blue Earth will be home again when they take the field against the Cleveland Spiders on Wednesday, July 8, at 7:45 p.m. The Pirates are scheduled to travel to Waterville to take on the Indians on Sunday, July 12, with a start time of 1 p.m. Look for results of the Pirates’ games in the upcoming issues of the Faribault County Register.