Millers drop final two games of the regular season
The New York Millers' slide continued last week as they take a double-digit losing streak into the playoffs, which began Wednesday, July 21.
In the season finale, the Millers went to extra innings looking to break the streak before giving up six runs losing 14-8 to the Frazee Flames in 10 innings.
The Detroit Lakes Angels made quick work of the Millers Wednesday.
Before even recording the first out in the bottom of the first inning, the Angels had already racked up 13 runs, which ultimately led to a 24-2 pasting of the undermanned Millers.
All nine batters scored in the first inning, then the next four plated runs, before the Millers notched their first out of the frame.
The Angels collected nine hits, along with two New York Mills errors to answer a two-run top of the first for the Millers.
Phil Doll capped the big first with a three-run homer over left-center field.
The bleeding continued into the second inning, as DL pelted out seven more runs on six hits.
A rare occurrence happened with bases loaded and Phil Kirchner lacing a liner into the right-center gap.
Before the rightfielder even had a chance to relay the throw to his cutoff man, Kirchner was sprinting home -- thus recording an inside the park grand slam.
In the first two innings of play, Jake Kiebke was 3-3 with two RBIs and Kirchner was 2-3 with four RBIs.
Bryan Buhr picked up the win on the mound, with the lone two runs by the Millers being unearned, on two DL errors in the first frame.
Brian Wierima, Forum Communications, contributed to this story.