The Brainerd Blue Thunder extended its winning streak to four games and improved to 12-11 after winning both games of a doubleheader against the Alexandria Beetles on Saturday.
Jacob Dixon pitched a seven inning complete game in the Blue Thunder's 2-1 game one victory, allowing one run on six hits and striking out five Beetle batters.
Beetles pitcher Rene LeBlanc tried to match Dixon's performance, also with a complete game, but didn't get enough run support. LeBlanc went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and striking out five.
Blue Thunder 2, Alexandria 1
Blue Thunder 5, Alexandria 0
The key: The Blue Thunder got two solid pitching performances from Jacob Dixon and Matt Robinson to sweep a doubleheader from the Beetles.
Records: Brainerd 12-11, Alexandria 9-15.
Next: Brainerd hosts St. Cloud River Bats, 7:05 p.m. Monday.
Brainerd did its damage in the second inning as Brennan Garr led off with a double to left field and scored on an RBI single from Rodney McMahon. After reaching base on a fielder's choice, Chad Weiss came around from second to score when catcher Dan Quinn laced a double to center field.
The Beetles only run scored in the fourth inning when Doug Pickens hit a two-out single to center that scored Jimmy Bacon from third.
Blue Thunder starting pitcher Matt Robinson dominated the Beetles in the second game of the doubleheader, pitching a 5-0 complete game shutout. Robinson allowed only four hits and struck out four batters in his seven innings of work.
In the third inning the Blue Thunder jumped out to a 3-0 lead and did not look back. Jimmy Mayer reached on a fielder's choice and Markus Freiske was hit by Beetles pitcher Travis High to put runners on first and second. Tim Henry then triple to score two runs and McMahon followed up with a single that scored Henry.
Chris Klabo and Chad Weiss scored two insurance runs in the fifth and sixth inning to secure the Blue Thunder win.
Alexandria 000 100 0 - 1 6 0
Brainerd 020 000 x - 2 5 0
Alexandria -- Rene LeBlanc and Matt Rademacher. Brainerd -- Jacob Dixon and Dan Quinn. WP -- Jacob Dixon. LP -- Rene LeBlanc.
2B -- B-Brennan Garr, Dan Quinn; A-Jimmy Bacon. RBI -- B-Rodney McMahon, Dan Quinn; A-Doug Pickens. SB -- A-Michael Metzger, Jeff Tezak. Sac -- B-Joe Tautges; A-Tim Stewart. DP -- B-1. LOB -- B-2; A-8. Time -- 2:03.
Alexandria 000 000 0 - 0 4 2
Brainerd 003 011 x - 5 8 2
Alexandria -- Adam Poole, Travis High(6) and Jason Cooper. Brainerd -- Matt Robinson and Lars Davis. WP -- Matt Robinson. LP -- Travis High.
2B -- A-Jeremy Burchett; B-Chad Weiss. 3B -- B-Tim Henry. RBI -- B-Tim Henry 2, Rodney McMahon, Mura. SB -- B-Markus Freiske. DP -- B-1; A-1. LOB -- B-9; A-6. Time -- 2:00.
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