Brewers blank Orioles in TEL game
NEW ULM – Mitch Kelly struck out Leavenworth’s John Cook with two outs and the tying tun on third base in the top of the ninth inning as the New Ulm Brewers edged the Orioles 1-0 Friday night in a Tomahawk East League game.
Adam Nilson, the fourth of five pitchers used by New Ulm, got the win with Kelly getting the save.
Andy Cook took the loss for Leavenworth, allowing just one run and seven hits.
Jordan Anderson had three of Leavenworth’s seven hits in the game.
Judd Davis had three hits for the Brewers and scored the only run of the game when he doubled in the bottom of the eighth and came around to score on two Cook wild pitches.
“This was a real good team win,” said Brewers’ manager Al Flor. “Everyone did their part. The pitching that had not thrown all year (Wade French, Andy Irlbeck and Nilson) did their job as did our closer (Kelly).”
Both teams entered the bottom of the eighth scoreless, which did not surprise Flor.
“We know that Andy (Cook) is a good caliber pitcher,” he said. “He is around the plate, throws breaking pitches for strikes. He is as good a pitcher as anyone in this league.”
Leavenworth had its chances in the game as it stranded 12 runners on base in the contest.
Scoreless in the bottom of the eighth, the Brewers finally got to Cook when Davis laced a one-out double to left field. He took third on a Cook wild pitch before scoring one out later on Cook’s second wild pitch of the inning.
Flor praised Davis for his hitting in the close game.
“He has only been with us for two games because of high school baseball,” said Flor. “He has only gotten out once in the two games. He has been our sparkplug. It is big for us to have him until Legion baseball starts.”
Flor said that the Brewers’ pitching will be the strength.
“It is hard to argue with success right now (at 2-0).”