ST. CLOUD -- The Blue Thunder's late season swoon continued Monday as the St. Cloud River Bats handed Brainerd its ninth loss in the past 10 games, this time by a 10-8 margin before 1,694 fans at Dick Putz Field.
The loss splits the season series between the Blue Thunder and St. Cloud at 4-4.
Things looked good for Brainerd in the second inning as it scored six runs after falling behind 1-0 after the first. But the River Bats, as they did all game, answered Brainerd, tallying six runs in the bottom of the second to retake a 7-6 lead.
In the third Brainerd took an 8-7 lead by scoring two more runs but the River Bats countered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning and took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth with another run.
St. Cloud 10, Blue Thunder 8
The key: River Bats catcher Konard Schmidt had a double, a home run and three RBI as both teams combined for 18 runs and 29 hits.
Records: Brainerd 12-17 (26-35), St. Cloud 7-21 (27-35).
Next: Brainerd at Duluth Huskies, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday.
Brainerd's Jared Head went 3-for-6 at the plate as Joe Tautges, Lars Davis, Kyle Mura and Chris Klabo all chipped in with two hits apiece. Mura had a solo home run and drove in two runs while Klabo had two doubles.
But pitching was Brainerd's downfall as starter Chad Weiss didn't make it out of the second inning, giving up seven runs on seven hits and walking one in 1 2/3 innings of work. Reliever Gerard Breslin didn't fare much better as he gave up three runs on six hits with one strikeout in 4 1/3 innings.
Brainerd 060 200 000 -- 8 14 4
St. Cloud 160 201 00x -- 10 14 2
Brainerd -- Chad Weiss, Gerard Breslin (2), Kai Tuomi (7), Jon Leines (8) and Lars Davis. St. Cloud -- Phillabaum, Troy Wunderlich (5), Mills (7), Cook (7), Opatz (7), Shafer (8) and Konrad Schmidt. WP -- Wunderlich (1-0). LP -- Breslin (5-6). Save -- Shafer (1).
2B -- B-Jared Head, Davis, Chris Klabo 2, Dan Quinn; SC-Schmidt, Baran. HR -- B-Kyle Mura; SC-Schmidt. RBI -- B-Head, Joe Tautges 2, Tim Henry, Mura 2, Klabo; SC-Pete Antoske, Robby Jacobsen, Schmidt 3, Baran, Taylor, Bryant Perdomo. SB -- B-Head, Tautges; SC-Jake Eigsti, Tommy Giles, Jacobsen 2. Sac -- B-Markus Freiske, Mura; SC-Eigsti. DP -- B 1. LOB -- B 11, SC 7. Time -- 3:02. Attendance: 1694.
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