Late-Inning comeback gets squashed by Joliets four-run ninth
By: Adam Johnson
Things were not looking great looking great for the Hounds at the start of Friday’s contest when they took on Midwest Collegiate League foe, the Joliet Admirals. After four and a half innings, the Hounds saw themselves down by a score of, 6-0 while also being no hit by Admiral’s starter, Seth Rosenberg. The Hounds didn’t start chipping away at the large deficit until the bottom half of the fifth where they scored two runs to tighten the gap at, 6-2. DuPage didn’t stop there as they plated one more in the sixth and three more in the eighth to tie the ballgame up at, 6-6. Unfortunately, the Hounds luck ran out there as Joliet came out swinging in the final frame where they scored four runs to give them a 10-6 advantage and ultimately the ballgame.
Dustin Krob led it off for the Hounds for the second straight night where he went one for five with a single. Mike Roberson and his hot bat found himself back in the three hole where he reached base twice on a walk and a single.
Billy Hayes continues to be one of the hottest hitters in the MCL as he once again had a multi-hit game in which he went two for three with a single, double and a RBI. He also reached base a third time after working a base on balls and stole two bases. Designated hitter duties were delegated to Nick Blomgren for the game where he went one for four with a single.
Mike’s younger brother, Joey went one for four at the dish with a single. Finally, the Hounds experienced phenomenal production out of the eight spot that came from outfielder, Brandon Post. Brandon went two for four with a single and two-run double off the right-field wall.
The Admirals brought a very patient approach to the plate against Hounds starter Joe Palasiewicz, who was forced out of the game in the fifth due to a high pitch count. Over his four and two-thirds innings of work, Palasiewicz surrendered five runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking four. The Hounds then called on reliever, Austin Lukaschewski who kept them in the ballgame for the next two and one-thirds innings in which he gave up only one run on one hit while striking out six and walking four.
Bryan Bund locked down the eighth inning where he gave up just one hit while striking out two and walking one. Cole Berry was the one to fall victim to the late resurgent Joliet offense that strung together four runs on three hits in the ninth. John Dreveny came on to finish out the inning where he stopped the bleeding and allowed no more runners to score.
Joliet’s offensive hero was familiar face Brendan Krob, the younger brother of Dustin and Ryan Krob. Brendan went three for four at the plate with three singles and a RBI. He also reached base two other times on walks. Jack Howard drove in three after going two for five with two base knocks. Brendan Brundage reached base five times on two singles and three walks. He also drove in two runs in the process.
The story of the day started out with Joliet starter Seth Rosenberg, who managed to hold the Hounds hitless through the first half of the ballgame. His final line read five innings of two-run ball in which he allowed only two hits while striking out seven and walking two. Brandon Pop was the first reliever to come out of the Admirals pen where he allowed one run in his one inning of work and then Adam Zuk came on to throw a scoreless seventh. DuPage tied it up off reliever Joe Davi who was chased out of the game before even recording an out. He allowed three runs on three hits before his early exit. Finally, Tom Cheshareck picked up the win after throwing the final two frames in which he allowed no runs on no hits while striking out one.
The Hounds next ballgame will once again be against the Joliet Admirals (3-4) at 1:00pm at Joliet Junior College. The season series is currently knotted up at 1-1.
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