Revolution splits a pair of games vs. the Spikes

Braden Cross with a hit for the Revolution in game one. — Marc Rogers / Journal

CLINTON — The Central Illinois Revolution was back home for two games against the Central States Spikes (Champaign area) on Tuesday.  

Prior to the game, the Clinton Area Veteran’s Honor Guard presented the colors, while the Star Spangled Banner was played.  The guard does this at the home opener for the Revolution every year, although this year had scheduling conflicts, so the second home game was used.  

Also, due to the late start time of 6 p.m., the games were shortened to five innings.

The first game was a dead heat throughout the first four innings with each team matching the other in scoring.  Finally, in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Revolution eked across one more run to take the first game win 6-5.  

Drew Stacey started the game for the Revolution and pitched three innings allowing 5 runs on 4 hits with 2 strikeouts.  Michael Oswald came on in relief and got the win, striking out three, while allowing no hits or no runs.

The night cap saw the Revolution suffer its first loss of the early season.  The game was scoreless for the first three innings in a pitchers duel.  

The Revolution was able to squeeze a run across the plate for the lead in the fourth inning.  Then in the top of the fifth, the Spikes found their offense, scoring four times to take the 4-1 win.  

Rudolph took the victory for the Spikes, pitching five innings of no-hit ball, allowing one run and striking out six.  Michael Oswald started the game for the Revolution giving up one run on one hit and striking out six.  

Logan Petersen took the loss for the Revolution allowing three runs on two hits in two thirds of an inning.  The Revolution is now 3-1 on the season and beginning a long road trip.

               Teams         1  2  3  4  5  6  7      R  H  E

Game 1     Spikes         0  3  0  2  0  X  X     5   4  2

              Revolution      0  3  0  2  1  X  X     6   8  3

Game 2     Spikes         0  0  0  0  4  X  X     4   4  1

              Revolution     0  0  0  1  0  X  X      1   0  1

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