NEW ULM - After playing four games this past weekend and two more on Monday, New Ulm Blue needed starting pitcher Connor Forbrook to eat up as many innings as he could.
Forbrook accepted that challenge and succeeded, going the distance as Blue defeated Worthington 3-2 Tuesday at Johnson Park in American Legion baseball action.
The lefty wasn't overly dominant, but he didn't have to be. He allowed just four hits and didn't strike out a batter, instead letting the defense to do the work behind him.
With the playoffs starting next Thursday, Blue has been playing well as of late.
"We've had some timely hitting, the pitchers have been throwing strikes, the defense overall has been pretty solid," Forbrook said.?"Tonight they played very well. I don't think I struck anyone out, so that's 21 outs they made."
While the defense was solid, the offense made sure to get some early run support for Forbrook. Brandon Beranek scored on a single by Matt Rowley and Forbrook later scored on some aggressive baserunning.
With Rowley on first and Forbrook on third, Rowley took off toward second, trying to get the Worthington pitcher to balk. The play didn't work initially as Rowley got caught in a rundown, but Forbrook scored on a wild throw when Rowley was racing back to the bag at first.
What looked like an out turned out to be a good thing for New Ulm.
Worthington tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the third, but New Ulm had one more run in it.
Beranek singled with one out in the bottom of the fifth and eventually scored on Jarin Spence's hit.
Forbrook got out of a jam in the top of the sixth when he stranded a runner on third base, then another in the seventh when Worthington had two runners on with two outs.
After a short visit to the mound by coach Mike Munce, Forbrook was able to escape with a grounder to second to end the game.
Blue is now 8-15 on the season and will play Fairmont in a doubleheader beginning at 5:30 on Thursday.
"Pitching, we're kind of short," Forbrook said.?"I threw on two days rest so we have to have some guys come up big for us and the guys have to play some 'D' and we should get a couple more 'W's.'"