McGinnis, Solano Set Team Records In 14-2 Bucks Win
A complete game performance from Brett Solano and a 10-run first inning propelled the Waterloo Bucks to a 14-2 victory over the St. Cloud Rox at Riverfront Stadium Saturday night (Aug. 13, 2016).
Every Waterloo starter reached base at least once while Adam McGinnis set a new single-season franchise record for most runs batted in, recording his 61st in the bottom of the eighth inning. Solano tied a team record with his Northwoods League-leading 14th start of 2016.
Saturday’s lopsided win also guaranteed the Bucks will finish with an overall record of .500 or better for the third time in the past four seasons. Waterloo (14-22, 36-35) scored a season-high 10 runs on 11 hits in the bottom of the first after bringing 14 batters to the plate.
Lane Milligan, who finished a double short of the cycle, gave Waterloo its first runs of the game with a two-run triple down the right field. McGinnis then made it 3-0 with an RBI single to left. Three hitters later, Iowa native Kyle Crowl extended the Bucks’ lead to four with an RBI single to left before Alex Boxwell made it 7-0 with a bases-clearing double to right-center. Zach Weatherford increased the Waterloo lead to eight with an RBI single to left before Milligan belted a two-run home run to right for the final two runs of the inning.
St. Cloud (23-12, 47-23) avoided the shutout with two runs in the top of eighth inning, when the Rox snapped Solano’s season-high streak of 15-straight batters retired. The Bucks right-hander yielded two runs (one earned) on five hits in the complete-game victory. Solano (7-5) walked none and struck out three.
Solano’s 14th start of the season equaled the all-time team high. The Menlo College senior-to-be now shares the Bucks’ franchise record with Chris Pack, who also started 14 games for Waterloo in 2009.
The Bucks built their lead back to double-digits with a four-run eighth inning. With the bases loaded and no one out, Jake Hand scored from third when Milligan bounced into a double play. McGinnis made it a 10-run game again with an RBI double to center before Justin Beck increased the Bucks’ lead to 13-2 with an RBI single to right. Brody Weiss drove in the final run of the night with an RBI single to left, making it 14-2.
McGinnis’ RBI in his last at-bat of the evening shattered a team record that stood for 22 years. Luis Rivera established the previous standard of 60 RBI in 1995, the Bucks’ inaugural season.
St. Cloud’s Austin Caspersen (3-2) took the loss, allowing 10 runs on 15 hits over seven innings. Both of Caspersen’s losses this season have come against the Bucks in Waterloo as the right-hander suffered his first loss of the year in the season-opener on May 31st at Riverfront Stadium.
UP NEXT: The Bucks close out the regular-season on Sunday against the St. Cloud. First pitch in the series finale vs. the Rox is at 3:35 p.m. All-Star right-hander Derek Hendrixson (5-1, 1.15) makes his first start of the year for Waterloo while St. Cloud counters with right-hander Carlo Graffeo (3-0, 2.50).
Story Contributor: Jared Schlensky – Waterloo Bucks