(GAME DATE — May 27, 2020) — Milwaukee Hops center fielder Tony Cruz wielded a big stick today against the Norfolk Sharks and his club walked off the field winners by the score of 14-7. Cruz helped tame Norfolk with 5 hits in 6 at-bats. “Dandy” Cruz singled in the 1st, hit an RBI double in the 2nd, hit an RBI single in the 3rd, singled in the 5th, doubled in the 7th and struck out in the 8th.
To date the 33-year-old Cruz has chalked up a .325 average with 3 home runs, driven in 12 runs and scored 13 times. His 5-for-6 effort in the Norfolk series opener earned him player of the game honors.
Former Toronto Nomads pitcher Jim Torelli picked up the win and moves to 5-5 on the year, turned in a mediocre effort of 6 earned runs in 5.2 innings, largely ignored due to the offense of Cruz and the rest of the Hops lineup.
The home stand which opened up against Norfolk with a win is the Hops first interleague game win at home this year. Earlier this month, they were swept by the Dallas Deputies. Milwaukee is battling to keep their hold on second place in the LL West, and are currently 8½ games behind Minneapolis, with a 25-27 record.
The Hops are now being threatened by a resurgent Chicago Pit Bulls, who started off the year very soft, but have heated up behind the solid offense of rookie John Rambo, and are now half a game behind the Hops at 24-27.