Surrendering 14 walks and hitting four batters, the Redwood Valley Cardinals fell to 0-2 on the season with a 10-6 loss to visiting Tracy/Milroy-Balaton Monday afternoon at Memorial Field.
In two games the Cardinals have issued 20 free passes and have hit six batters and are winless despite outhitting their opponents. 22-7.
Monday, during a cold, blustery afternoon, the?Cards took a 2-1 lead in the second on a two-out RBI single by Chris Verdoes that scored Jordan Lund.
The Panthers would take advantage of two walks, a hit batter and two Cardinal errors to score three times in the third to reclaim the lead at 4-2.
In the bottom half of the third, the Cardinals put together a one-out rally, as Beau Stough homered to right. Colin Bailey and Devon Sandgren followed with back-to-back singles, but a pair of strikeouts would put the rally to bed with the Cards still down 4-3.
Tyler Kohout entered the game for starter Austin Kretsch in the top half of the fourth and struggled to find the plate, giving up four walks, a single and hitting a batter as the Panthers would plate three runs to go up 7-3.
In the bottom half of the fourth, the Cards managed to draw a walk and got singles from Stough, Dane Olsen and Kretsch but could plate just one run.
The Panthers would take control in the top of the sixth with three runs.
The visitors took advantage of a pair of walks, a Cardinal error and two RBI singles to go up 10-4.
Verdoes, Olsen and Stough all singled in the bottom of the frame, as the Cardinals would pick up a pair of runs, but down 10-6 they would not score again.
The Panthers would leave town with a nice non-conference win.
Kretsch would pick up the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on two hits, walking four and striking out six in three innings of work.
Kohout allowed five earned runs on four hits, walking seven and striking out two in 2 1/3 innings of relief.
Jeremy?Hester and Chris Verdoes each saw time on the hill in the final two innings and did not allow a run.
Stough had a big day at the plate going 3-for-4 with a HR, a walk and four RBI.
Sandgren went 3-for-4, Verdoes was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Kretsch and Olsen both finished 2-for-4.
Hester and Jordan Ford each picked up hits.
John Swenson went 3-for-5 to lead the Panthers.
Reed Salmon earned the victory allowing four runs on nine hits and striking out four in four innings of work.
Jordan Lanoue allowed two runs on five hits in relief.
The Cardinals host Luverne Saturday in a key early season SWC showdown.
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