New Richmond Millers continue to run hot and cold
It might take a psychology degree to figure out how the New Richmond Millers are going to play from game to game.
The Millers continued their streaky play over the weekend, winning one of their three games. Their season record now stands at 3-8.
On Saturday the Millers hosted the St. Paul Mudhens in a double-header at Citizens Field.
The first game of the day showed how well the Millers can play when they are focused. The Millers whipped the Mudhens, winning in seven innings 8-0. Cody Torkelson threw the four-hit shutout for the Millers. He stayed sharp throughout the game, including striking out the final three batters of the game.
The Mudhens only got one runner to third base in Saturday's opener.
The Millers were all over the Mudhens at the start, scoring three times in the first inning. Scott Emerson, Hayden Zimmerman and Ryan Telschow all had RBI hits in that inning.
Zimmerman tacked on another run in the third inning with a towering homer over the leftfield fence. The Millers put the game out of reach with four runs in the fifth inning. Hits from Zimmerman, Tony Amundson and Joe Konop were the main ingredients in that rally.
Any sizzle the Millers had from the first game fizzled quickly in the second game. The Mudhens scored four runs against Logan Peterson in the second inning. St. Paul took advantage of some sloppy New Richmond defense to score 11 runs in the fifth inning.
New Richmond had bursts of offense in the second game. Amundson lined a homer down the leftfield line in the second inning. The Millers produced three runs in the fifth inning and got pinch-hitter Aaron Frei singled home two runs in the sixth inning.
The Millers got their final three runs in the seventh inning. The Mudhens brought in a new pitcher who was wild, walking three batters. The only hit of the rally came from Corey Berger.
The double-header came after the Millers had played at Blaine on Friday night, losing to the Fusion 11-9.
Zimmerman started on the mound and didn't have his usual stuff, giving up 10 runs in four innings. The bright side is the Millers got excellent relief pitching from Torkelson and Berger, who both improved their standing in the pitching staff with their work over the weekend.
The Millers did show some spunk late in this game, scoring six runs in the eighth inning. RBI hits from Jon Will, Zimmerman, Amundson and Mike Nilssen were part of that charge. The Millers got another run in the ninth inning on singles from Konop, Matt Peterson and Emerson.
While the Millers are 11 games into their season, they have only played four St. Croix Valley League games. Manager Ryan Stephens said the team can still make a charge toward the playoffs. Their next game arrives this Wednesday, when they play at home against Menomonie at 7:30 p.m.