By: Adam Johnson
It was quite a different story the second time around for the Hounds as they took on their Midwest Collegiate League foe, the Bloomington Bobcats. The first time these league leaders met on June 1st, the Hounds were handed their first loss of the season as they suffered a beat down, dropping the game 9-0. Tonight, however the Hounds were on the right side of that beat down as they handed Bloomington their third loss of the season with an 11-0 victory. Chase Lowman took the mound to face the Cats for the second time this season where his terrific control and his, “pitch to contact” game plan earned him eight innings of shut out baseball. The bats weren’t too shabby either as the Hounds put up a season-high 11 runs on a whopping 16 hits.
Second baseman Dane Toppel got the ball rolling at the top of the lineup where he reached base twice on a single and double. Mike Roberson hit out of his usual three spot in the order where he went one for five with a one-run single.
Billy Hayes moved back behind the plate to catch his former College of DuPage teammate in Lowman. Hayes also smacked two singles in his five plate appearances. Right fielder Brandon Post kept his hit streak alive after going one for five at the dish with a base hit.
The everyday man, Tyler Tesmond drove in his team-leading 13th RBI after going three for four with three singles. He also had an impressive throw from centerfield to gun down a runner at home to keep the shout out alive in the sixth. The final piece in the outfield was Eric Glitz who went a perfect four for four on base after getting plunked by a pitch, knocking two singles and lacing a triple to the fence. He also drove in a game-high four runs in the process.
Joey Roberson did his best Anthony Rizzo impression tonight as the lefty manned first base and walked up to the plate to the Chicago Cubs slugger’s famous walk-up song. Joey reached base twice in his four attempts on a single and a double that drove in one. Finally, Zach Girard once again rounded out the end of the Hounds dynamic lineup where he went one for four with a base hit.
As mentioned earlier, Hounds starter Chase Lowman was flat out on fire tonight. The Texan himself threw a clean eight innings in which he surrendered just seven hits and struck out six, all while allowing no free passes. Lowman was focused on seeking some sweet revenge on the Bobcats, a team that put up five runs on him less than a week ago. Tony Iero came in for another successful inning of relief for the Hounds as he did not allow a base runner to reach in the ninth.
Tim Smyck was the only Bobcat to reach base more than once tonight as he went two for four on the night with two singles. Nick Green, Grant Anderson, Garret Shea, Kurtis Minton and Cody Rodgers all reached base once on base hits.
The Hounds handed starter Nick Brune his first loss of the season as the boys from DuPage chased him out of the game in the middle of the sixth. Brune’s final line read five and two-thirds innings in which he gave up five runs on nine hits while striking out two. Reliever Bubba Henry did not fair any better as he was tagged for six runs in two and a third innings that saw him give up seven hits and strike out no one.
The Hounds next contest will be Wednesday, June 8th at 5:00pm against the same Bobcats team at the Lemont High School Sports Complex. The season series is currently tied at one game apiece. We look forward to seeing you all there!
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