One night after pounding out 14 hits in a Northwoods League victory, the Kenosha Kingfish had quite a different night at the plate Wednesday.
In the final game of a two-game set against the Kalamazoo Growlers and a four-game road trip to Michigan overall, the Kingfish mustered just four hits in a 3-2 defeat.
In splitting both the series with the Growlers and the road trip, Kenosha dropped to 8-15 and remains in last place in the Great Lakes East Division. Kalamazoo improved to 11-12.
At one point, though, things were looking bright for the Kingfish on Wednesday.
Starter Kyle Gendron, a Wilmot graduate, was cruising through five shutout innings and Kenosha led, 2-0.
Zachary Nogalski scored Nate Thomas with a two-out single in the top of the second, then Tremper graduate Mitchell Buban scampered home on a double steal in the top of the sixth.
Gendron, meanwhile, had allowed just one hit through five innings before he ran into two-out trouble in the bottom of the sixth.
After working around an error to start the inning, Gendron gave up a base hit to Shea Kramer and walked Gabe Rivera to load the bases with two outs. Instead of escaping, Gendron surrendered a game-tying two-run single to Rudy Maxwell on an 0-1 pitch.
Both of the runs charged to Gendron were unearned, and he allowed just three hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 52/3 innings.
Jon-Anthony Caban got out of the sixth and worked a scoreless seventh, but Rivera came through in the eighth against Sam Marhefke (0-2), scoring Kramer with a one-out base hit to give the Growlers the game-winning run.
Kramer went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs.
The Kingfish put two on with one out in the top of the eighth, but a pick-off of Ethan Owens at second base killed the uprising. Eamon Horwedel pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.
DJ Moore (2-1) got the win in relief for Kalamazoo.
The Kingfish return home home today for a doubleheader against the Rockford Rivets, with the first game a make-up for an earlier rainout.
The first game is slated to begin at 5:05 p.m., with the second game scheduled for approximately 7:05. Both games will be seven innings.
Kenosha will then play two games at Rockford on Friday and Saturday before hosting the Rivets again Sunday.