BROOKINGS – The Cubs had just six hits and left 13 runners on base as they fell to the Sioux Falls Flying Squirrels 9-2 Monday night.
Sioux Falls had six hits as well, but Brookings walked nine batters and had three errors.
Sioux Falls scored three runs in the first inning. The Flying Squirrels scored on two bases loaded walks and a passed ball.
Neither team scored for the next three innings and the Flying Squirrels scored three more runs in the top of the fifth. The bases were loaded with one out when Carter Ades scored on a wild pitch and Mark Sontag scored on a Josh Nevin fielder’s choice. Jack Revier then hit an RBI single to make it 6-0.
Sioux Falls then scored one run each in the seventh and eighth inning. Damon Baruth hit an RBI single in the seventh and Trevor Hurley scored on a Dan Hughes groundout in the eighth to make it 8-0.
Brookings finally got on the board in the bottom of the eighth. Tyler Kruetner hit an RBI single and Evan Miller scored on a Kyle Krogman sacrifice fly.
The Flying Squirrels added one more run in the ninth to make the final 9-2.
Jake Devine got the start for the Cubs and pitched 4 1/3 innings. He gave up six earned runs on two hits with seven strikeouts and five walks. Kruetner pitched 3 2/3 and gave up two earned runs on three hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Andrew Polly pitched the final inning and gave up one earned run on one hit with two walks.
Kruetner was 2-for-4 at the plate. Krogman was 2-for-4 as well. Miller went 1-for-3 and Rhett Zelinsky went 1-for-4.
Brookings is now 13-4 and plays Renner at home on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.