By Cooper Perkins
Kalamazoo, Mich. – Meeting for the third time in as many nights, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (11-7) held on to sink the Kalamazoo Growlers (10-9) by a score of 6-3 for their fourth victory in five games. The win allowed the Rafters to keep pace with the Madison Mallards in the South Division and remain 1.5 games behind the first-place club.
Cal Giese (St. Cloud State) took the ball for the Rafters on Saturday night and turned in a stellar performance to earn his second victory. In his longest outing of the summer, Giese worked five innings of shutout action and struck out a pair, allowing only one hit and three walks before being removed from the ballgame. The win helped Giese level his record at 2-2 and lowered the left-hander’s ERA to 2.40.