LORAIN, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam dropped both games of a double header on the road to the Lorain County Ironmen on Thursday at The Pipe Yard. The Steam fell 5-3 in the first game and let a 3-1 seventh inning lead slip away in the second game to loss 5-4.
Cincinnati’s bullpen surrendered the lead in the bottom half of the inning when the Ironmen scored three runs to take the lead 4-3.
The Steam (6-13-1) were not about to go away without a fight as they tied the game 4-4 in the eighth inning. Cincinnati scored the tying run without the benefit of a hit.
With one out, pinch hitter Adam Bolen (Northern Kentucky) and Richard Rodriguez (University of Cincinnati) reached base on back-to-back walks. Treg Haberkorn (University of Cincinnati) loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch. The next batter, Andre Jernigan (Xavier) was also hit by pitch scoring Mitchell Lendenski (Shawnee State/Loveland) who was pinch running for Bolen.
However, the Ironmen (10-9) took the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI double by shortstop Jeff Edwards that scored Shae Durham.
The Steam still had a chance to score in the ninth when two runners reached base but Lorain County closer Jamie MacLean slammed the door to earn the save.
The Steam benefited from a pair solo home runs, one each by Danny Carrier (East Tennessee State/LaSalle) and the other by Haberkorn.
Haberkorn had a total of four hits combined in the two games.
The Steam fell behind in the first game 5-0 and didn’t score until the seventh and final inning.
Bolen doubled to score Foley followed by a walk to Brad Burkhart (Dayton/LaSalle). Haberkorn singled to bring Rieman around to score and Burkhart was plated on Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly.
After a scheduled day off, the Steam return home to Max McLeary Field on Thursday to host the Hamilton Joes. Rosie Red will make an appearance and there will be a postgame fireworks show. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and Hunter Dunn (Eastern Kentucky/Cooper) will take the mound for the Steam.
John Asalon will have the live audio broadcast on cincinnatisteam.com. You can listen to the broadcast by clicking on the Listen Live button on the front page of the Steam website.
If you have any questions or media requests, please contact the Steam’s Director of Baseball Operations Brady Laber at 513 477-8553 or email@example.com.
The Cincinnati Steam is a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. The GLSCL is an 11-team league sanctioned by the NCAA and partially funded by Major League Baseball entering its 28th season and is based in Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky.