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Marcus and Co. Dethrone the Kings

July 31, 2015 ♦ by Drew Nichols

With the game tied at three in the fifth inning and runners on second and third, David Marcus stepped to the plate determined to give the BlueSox the lead. He hit a deep fly ball to right field that was caught by Champion City right fielder Luke Valutis. Danny Hrbek tagged up and scored from third with ease, but Matt Hansen was able to tag from second as Valutis struggled to get the ball in.

The heads-up play by Hansen gave the BlueSox a two-run lead and the Kings were unable to recover. The BlueSox went on to win by a score of 7-4.

Matt Gordon (3-0) earned the win. He gave up only one earned run, eight hits, and tossed seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings on the hill.

Jamie Switalski entered in the seventh inning with one out and the bases loaded with the BlueSox clinging to a two run lead. Switalski deflated the threat by striking out Kings' center fielder Thomas Bradey and forcing Luke Valutis to groundout to get the team out of the jam.

Trent Armstrong (5-4) started for Champion City and was tagged with the loss. He allowed seven runs over 7.2 innings and struck out three.

Matt Hansen and David Marcus both had huge games at the plate. Hansen had two hits including a double and two RBIs. Marcus had the two run sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and hit a solo shot in the eighth.

Marcus now has ten home runs this season, tying him for the most home runs for a BlueSox player. By the way, Marcus is hitting .706 with two home runs and eight RBIs over his last five games.

Saturday night's matchup with the Kokomo Jackrabbits will be the last fireworks game of the summer so be sure to stop down at the KAP. The game is scheduled for 7:05pm and a fireworks show, presented by the Butler County Federated Library System, will begin shortly after the game. Tickets can be ordered online via our schedule page at www.butlerbluesox.net/schedule, through e-mail to Tickets@ButlerBlueSox.net, or by phone at 724.256.9994.

Live: Kings at Sox

July 31, 2015

The Kings and Sox have nearly identical records in the season's second half, and while it's unlikely either with make the post-season they'll face off three times in the final week of the season for bragging rights.

First pitch at the KAP on Friday evening will be at 6:35pm, the pre-game show with Jerin Steele will begin at 6:30pm. As always, pitch-by-pitch updates are available via Pointstreak.

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Sox Beat Rats With Bats

July 30, 2015 ♦ by Patrick Reddick

Thursday was not the first time this season Michael Patrick caught opposing pitchers off guard. Despite hitting in the ninth spot of Butler's order, Patrick launched his second home run of the summer over the outfield fence at McBride Stadium. He was one of seven Butler batters that had a multiple hits in the 11-1 romp the contest became.

Butler was already up 5-1 entering the sixth when they really turned things on. Matt Hansen singled in two runs and David Marcus followed with a three-run shot. By the end of the inning, Butler had scored seven runs on five hits and a walk—all of which came with two outs.

The BlueSox' 20 hits on the night was the third most they have ever had in a game, tying a 13-8 slugfest against Lorain in July 2012.

With seven hits over the last three days, Patrick's batting average is now at a season-high .229, however, his high walk and hit-by-pitch rate have led to a .361 OBP that has consistently been third best on the team throughout the summer.

Jared Grove and Cameron Balego also contributed three hits apiece. The pair, who have been with the team for just over a week, combined for three RBIs and three runs scored. Balego is hitting .406 in his first nine games with Butler.

Marcus (we're running out of adjectives to describe just how good his season has been) went a 4-for-4 including that League-leading ninth home run. He now has 44 RBIs, which also leads the League. He remains a hopeful to be the first-ever Prospect League Triple Crown winner.

Even with the healthy lead, Connor Coward turned in his fifth quality start in seven starts. The run he allowed was unearned, and he struck out seven over his six frames of work to earn the win. Coward leads Butler with 42 strikeouts this summer. That, in combination with his 3.02 ERA over 44.2 innings has made him one of Butler's most-feared mound occupants.

David Stover, David Lemley, and Zach Spangler each turned in a scoreless inning of relief to secure the win.

Butler will return home to take on the Champion City Kings on Friday and Kokomo for the first time ever at the KAP on Saturday.

Paints Take Rubber Match Against Sox

July 29, 2015 ♦ by Patrick Reddick

A day after the Sox beat up on the Paints with a 10-run victory, Chillicothe returned the favor, putting up seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings en route to defeating the Sox 9-3. The loss all but punches the Paints ticket to the post-season.

Butler scored in the top of the first when David Marcus singled in Danny Hrbek. Both players would finish the game with three hits; Marcus walked twice as well.

After the Paints had taken a 2-1 lead in the second, they got the hit of the night from Chad Roberts—a bases loaded double that scored three runs. Roberts had one of two key hits the next inning, when he drove in two more runs with a single.

Marcus returned with another hit in the ninth, doubling in Hrbek again and Michael Patrick, who was 2-for-4 on the night. With all three RBIs for Butler, Marcus continues to lead the League in two of three Triple Crown categories.

Butler's offense did have 11 hits, drew three walks, and had a hit batsman, but stranded 11 runners on base. The Paints' pitchers, however, were able to combine for ten strikeouts.

Chillicothe's magic number for the final playoff spot has been reduced to four with eight games remaining.

The BlueSox will travel to Richmond for a game on Thursday night before returning home to take on Champion City and Kokomo at the KAP on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

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