Reds Battle Defensive Miscues To Sweep Billings
Quinn Robinson / For The Courier
Gage Legare (9) looks on as Ryan Padden (5) scores the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the first game against the Billings Blue Jays on Monday.
It wasn't pretty, but with the plethora of games the Glasgow Reds have been playing the last two weeks, it doesn't always have to be.
The Reds added two more wins to their record as they took a pair from the Billings Blue Jays by the scores of 3-2 and 10-5.
Jason Thibault went 2-3 with an RBI in the first game, while Keil Krumwiede went 2-4 at the dish and scored a run for the Reds. In the second game, the Reds bats came alive. Krumwiede continued his solid performance from game one by going 3-3 with an RBI while Gage Legare, Thibault and Jake Page each added 2 RBIs of their own to cruise to an easy win.
The Reds battled defensive miscues in each of their two games against the Blue Jays, but with the wins, pushed their season record to 25-4 and find themselves atop the Eastern A standings at 12-2.
"We dropped the two games in Billings [in the beginning of this stretch of games] and I wasn't impressed with our competitiveness," said Reds Head Coach Jack Sprague. "We rebounded nicely and came back the next day and got back on track."
A rain-out in the middle of the 10-day stretch allowed the Reds to give their players a rest in preparation for the Lewistown tournament.
The tough schedule didn't come without its consequences.
Glasgow lost Jake Kolstad to injury with a dislocated rib. Sprague said that Kolstad could be back as early as today when the Reds travel to Lewistown for a double header or be out for another ten days if the injury hasn't fully healed by the Lewistown series.
Kolstad aggrevated the injury while pitching and Sprague believes that Kolstad did further damage while swinging in his at bats following the aggravation. That is when Sprague decided to shut down Kolstad and get the injury fixed.
"The errors were bad," Sprague said. "It's one of the bad parts about having to pitch our short stop, I hate doing it, but we have to get him innings. That's our fault, we haven't given reps to Dylan [Guttenberg] at shortstop. He's been playing a lot of third base and second base."
The Reds had a day off on Tuesday, one of the few in the past two-plus weeks, but Sprague said that the team would take part in a light practice to work on some issues that still need to be resolved at the plate.
"We'll do hitting drills and break down some of the swings on our team," Sprague said. "We have some real issues offensively and have been trying to clean them up as we go. Some are making adjustments and others we still have to work with."
After the Lewistown series on Wednesday, the Reds are back into tournament mode as they travel to Miles City for a four-day tournament.