06/29/2018 11:13 AM
Crestwood Panthers (4-17) at
Northwest Indiana Oilmen (12-10)
June 29, 2018 • 7:10 p.m. • Whiting, Ind. (Oil City Stadium)
Broadcast: Oilmen Broadcasting Network (Facebook Live)
Crestwood RHP Ryan Green (Savannah State/Port Royal, S.C.) vs NWI RHP Alex Voss (Butler/South Bend, Ind.)
The Northwest Indiana Oilmen have now dropped their last two games after winning eight in a row. NWI looks to get back on track Friday with a team they are 6-0 against this year, the Crestwood Panthers. The Oilmen have only scored two runs in their back-to-back losses.
INSIDE THE OILMEN
NWI was held in check against the DuPage County Hounds on Thursday as the Oilmen dropped the contest 5-2. Anthony Robles picked up the loss for the Oilmen after going five innings, allowing five hits, giving up three runs (all earned), issuing two walks and striking out three. Jake Plastiak led NWI at the plate after going 3-4 on the day, with a pair of doubles and a RBI. The Oilmen turn to Alex Voss to turn things around on Friday. Voss is making his first starter of the season after making three appearances on the mound and also seeing at-bats at the plate. Voss has 5.2 innings of work so far this season, picked up a win in relief with a 1.59 ERA with four strikeouts. Nick Figus leads the Oilmen in hitting but Nate Montgomery leads in many other categories. Montgomery is hitting .364 (2nd), 24 hits (1st), six doubles (1st), four home runs (1st), 20 RBI (1st), 20 runs (1st), .636 slugging percentage (1st).
INSIDE THE PANTHERS
The Crestwood Panthers are coming off a 19-5 loss against the Bloomington Bobcats. The Bobcats broke the game open in the third and fourth inning as Bloomington scored five in the third and eight in the fourth. Crestwood starter Andrew Stone got roughed up with three innings of work, allowing 10 hits, giving up seven runs (all earned) and striking out two. Bloomington also got to the bullpen as reliever John Plattner went two innings, allowed 10 runs (six earned), scattered eight hits, issued three walks and struck out three. Reggie Brock, Jr. has been the Panthers best hitter after Cole Blatchford has reported back to the Air Force Academy. Brock is hitting .316 with 24 hits, five doubles, 10 RBI and 17 runs scored. Panthers starter Ryan Green makes his second start of the season on Friday and has already made three apperances. Green owns a 0-1 record with a 13.50 ERA in 10.2 innings of work.
ABOUT THE MATCHUP
The Northwest Indiana Oilmen have dominated the series between both clubs as the Oilmen have a 14-2 advantage in the series history, including a 6-5 walk-off victory on Father’s Day. The Panthers have yet to defeat the Oilmen this season after Crestwood began their first year in the MCL last season and NWI went 8-2 against them.