March 28, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler erupted for a season-high 10 runs on 17 hits, but the offensive output paled in comparison to visiting Milwaukee's performance, as the Panthers posted 24 hits and used several big innings to upend the Bulldogs, 20-10, at Bulldog Park on Friday (March 28) afternoon.
Despite the final 10-run differential, Butler made the outcome somewhat in question with a six-run eighth inning that trimmed a 13-run deficit to seven, but an ensuing three-run top of the ninth by the Panthers all but erased the chance of a comeback.
The game began innocently enough, as Butler's Matt Sokolowski and Milwaukee's Brad Lusti hooked up in a 1-1 pitcher's duel through the first three frames.
The Panthers took an early lead in the second, getting an RBI single from Ben Long to go up 1-0. The Bulldogs responded just an inning later, getting a lead-off triple from Colin Ziegel before Rick Betsch followed with a run-scoring single up the middle.
Sokolowski, meanwhile, looked sharp through the first 3 2/3 innings, allowing just two singles in the second before getting the first two batters out in the fourth.
The game would turn there, as the Panthers kept the inning alive with back-to-back singles before Long crushed 1-0 pitch over the left field fence for a 4-1 advantage.
Butler earned back a run in the bottom of the frame, as Ziegel roped a two-out single to left to plate Jason Jamerson from second, but the Bulldogs would get no closer the remainder of the game, as Milwaukee would put crooked numbers up in each of the next six innings, including a four-run fifth and a five-run seventh, to go ahead by as much as 17-4.
The game seemed to be well in hand for the Panthers, but the Bulldogs continued to hit, batting around and putting a six-spot on the board in the eighth inning to crawl to within seven at 17-10, but the rally attempt would end there.
Butler returns to action on Saturday (March 29) when it hosts Milwaukee in a double-header beginning at 12:00 noon at Bulldog Park.