Win streaks can be hard to come by in baseball no matter what league or level you play in. The Rockford Aviators of the Frontier League entered today’s double header with the Traverse City Beach Bums 4-0 to start their 2015 campaign.
The hits have been plentiful for Rockford with four players hitting at least .333 and all of which having at least 14 at bats. Leading the way is reigning Rookie of the Year Tanner Witt, clubbing a solid .429/.529/.500 and Greg Velazquez with an also impressive .375/.474/.625 slash line.
The pitching has been no slouch either as three of the four starting pitchers in their first four games have taken away wins frothier first outings. Today’s first game was no different as Nick Grim took the mound for his first start of the year and didn’t disappoint. He did have a passed ball in the first inning leading to a run for Traverse City but he was more than in control for the remainder of his day. Home runs by Michael Hur, Anthony Rentiera and Elijah Trail helped the cause as Michael Holback takes home the win in relief. (Frontier League only awards wins with five innings pitched. Grim deserved it but only tossed four before being relieved.)
The second game of this Thursday double header continued in the 2015 Rockford Aviators “dominant pitching” fashion. Kyle Brueggemann took the mound vs Traverse City and although he gave up one run quickly the first, he continued his season dominance there after. The Olathe, KS native is a power pitcher plain and simple, but sometimes coming straight at an opponent batter and daring him to hit your best stuff is all you need to tack on another win. He came in with a 1-0 record and a 2.70 ERA in just 6.2 innings pitched this season.
Elijah Trail, hitting a home run in the 3rd, his second of the double header, really helped the Aviators as he tied the game 1-1. Devon Rodriguez added a home run of his own in the fourth inning giving the Aviators the 2-1 lead and they never looked back. Not that the Beach Bums didn’t have their opportunities but Brueggeman (2-0) was just too dominant. Not that Traverse City didn’t do well but the now 6-0 Aviators were just too much.