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Blue Anchors offense struggles against Eau Claire (w/video)

Blake Bass throws a pitch during the Blue Anchors' 5-1 loss to Eau Claire on Tuesday evening in Alexandria. Bass was handed the loss despite only giving up one earned run in 5 1/3 innings pitched. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)2 / 2

The Blue Anchors struggled to score runs on Tuesday night in two losses against Eau Claire at Knute Nelson Ballpark.

The two teams were playing a game in Eau Claire on Monday night when rain started falling in the middle of the contest. The game was restarted in the bottom of the third inning in Alexandria Tuesday with the Blue Anchors Trailing 4-0.

Alexandria scored three runs in the seventh inning on RBI singles by Roman Collins and Nehwon Norkeh to pull within one run of Eau Claire, but runs in the seventh and eighth innings sealed a 6-3 victory for the Express.

In the second game of the evening, Alexandria took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on a RBI single by Jordan Lee. But that was all the Alexandria offense could produce in the seven-inning game. The Express scored three runs in the sixth inning and two in the seventh to take control of a 5-1 victory.

“We lost two games with not much offense,” manager Al Newman said. “The pitching has been consistent, you make a few mistakes on the bases and you get swept.”

Starting pitcher Blake Bass was handed the loss despite only giving up one earned run in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Alexandria was able to put runners on base against Eau Claire starting pitcher Conner Rusch, but they struggled to take advantage of the scoring opportunities.

“I think we were a little flat, but it’s just timely hitting,” third baseman Kris Goodman said. “We need timely hitting and that wasn’t working for us in this game, but that is why you have tomorrow.”

The two losses dropped Alexandria to 2-5 in the second half. Newman said the team has played better in the second half, but three straight losses to Eau Claire has not helped.

“Right now I am not that happy with the way we played in the last two or three days, but the second half has been much better than the first,” he said.

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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