Bucks Extend Winning Streak To Four Games
After one week of play in the 2017 Northwoods League season, the Waterloo Bucks are among four teams tied at the top of the North Division standings.
Waterloo stretched its winning streak to four-straight games with a 4-1 victory over the Eau Claire Express at Riverfront Stadium Monday night (June 5, 2017). The Bucks (5-2) scored all of their runs in the second inning and led the rest of the way.
With runners at the corners and one out in the bottom of the frame, Tyler Bordner reached first base on an error when Eau Claire's Nic Ready misplayed the relay throw at the end of a double-play attempt that would've been the third out. The mistake allowed Zach Malis to score. Grant Hawkins and Korry Howell then followed with back-to-back RBI singles, giving Waterloo a 3-0 advantage.
Hawkins scored the Bucks' fourth run on another error by the visitors. He dashed home when Eau Claire catcher Taylor Field overthrew second base on Howell's attempt to steal the bag.
Hunter Spencer (1-1) was solid on the mound, recording five strike outs and walking three batters in his second outing of the season. Spencer surrendered Eau Claire's only run in the top of the fifth on a single by Ready.
Three Waterloo relievers held the Express (3-4) scoreless the rest of the way, but they didn't go away quietly. Eau Claire loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning, as Zachary McLeod was summoned out of the bullpen to replace reliever Brandon Downey. McLeod walked the first batter, then retired the next two in order to earn his first save of the season.
UP NEXT: The Bucks continue their homestand at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday (June 6), when they complete their two-game series against Eau Claire at Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo.