By: Adam Johnson
Friday vs. Northwest Indiana Oilmen
After getting the day off Thursday due to the rain out in Bloomington, the Hounds were fresh and ready to go heading into Oilmen Stadium on Friday night. Overall, DuPage played a solid game from start to finish, getting great production from both their arms on the hill and their bats, which ultimately carried them to a 6-5 victory. The Hounds were able to fend off the surging Oilmen despite NWI scoring the first run of the ballgame and putting up ten team hits to DuPage’s nine.
Dane Toppel continues to be extremely productive out of the leadoff spot where he went a game’s best three for four with three singles, an RBI and a walk. The big bat of Mike Roberson also continues to produce as he reached base once in his five trips on a long, one-run double.
Brandon Post kept his hit streak alive and saw it stretch to nine games after going one for four with a single. He also reached base a second time on a walk. Mr. Everyday, Tyler Tesmond hit out of the six hole where he reached base three times in his five plate appearances on a single and two walks.
The other Roberson brother, Joey drove in two runs on a RBI single. He also reached base two more times via the base on balls. Finally, John Dreveny rounded out the Hounds nine hits after going two for four with two singles and a RBI.
Hounds starter, Thomas Goodyear bounced back in a big way for DuPage as he threw the first six innings in which he just surrendered two runs on seven hits while striking out three, which helped him pick up his second win of the season. Bryan Bund continues to prove that he is an effective reliever as he kept the game under control by just allowing three runs over three innings while striking out two and notching his first save of the year.
The Hounds now lead the season series, two games to none and the next time they will be back at Oilmen Stadium is Friday, June 17th at 7:20pm.
Saturday vs. Joliet Admirals
Despite having been able to look down on them in the standings all season, the Hounds struggle when it comes time to play the Admirals from Joliet. In four games this season, the Hounds have only been able to take one game from Joliet and that happened to come on the home opener for the Hounds of the 2016 season. Unfortunately, Saturday’s contest yielded familiar results for the Hounds as they dropped a close ballgame, 5-4.
The top of the lineup was once again occupied by Dane Toppel who went one for five at the dish with a single. Mike Roberson’s bat was kept in the lineup after being put on DH duties where he went one for three with a base knock. He also reached base a second time via the walk.
Nick Blomgren was tasked with catching on the hot, 97-degree day. However, the heat didn't seem to trouble the trustee backstop as he drove in one run on a on a single in his four trips to the plate. Brandon Post stretched his hit-streak to ten games after smoking a double to the deep left center gap that drove in a run.
Tyler Tesmond was back in centerfield and also reached base twice in his four trips on a single and a walk. He also drove in one of the Hounds four runs. Ryan Krob had the hot stick of the day as he went three for four three singles and a RBI. Finally, Chris Macahon rounded out the Hounds lineup by going one for four with a base knock.
Despite giving up all five runs on the day, Hounds starter Joe Palasiewicz did not give up a single earned run. Unfortunately for Joe, his fielders were bit by a few tough errors that extended a few innings for the Admirals. His final line read, five innings of five run ball in which he gave up seven hits and struck out two. The trustee reliever, Austin Lukaschewski locked down the final four innings in which he allowed no runs on two hits while striking out one.
As mentioned earlier, Joliet currently leads the season series three games to one. The next time these two teams will square off will be Saturday, June 18th in Joliet at 1:00pm. The Hounds next ballgame is Wednesday, June 15th at the Lemont High School Sports Complex against the Bobcats of Bloomington. We look forward to seeing you all there!
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