A day after playing an emotional game against Pewaukee that was eventually suspended due to rain, the Brookfield Bulldogs committed four errors and gave up six unearned runs in a 10-7 loss to Menomonee Falls.
Brookfield jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Menomonee Falls quickly answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game.
The Lakers took control of the game with five runs in the fourth inning and took a 10-2 lead with a three-run eighth inning. Brookfield scored five runs in the top of the ninth off reliever Justin Schwechel, but its comeback attempt fell short when Logan August recorded the final out of the game.
Lou Veith went 4-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs for the Bulldogs. Bill Gorman had two hits, a double and two RBIs, while Scott Booth and Mike Jacobs each added a pair of hits.
Only four of the 10 runs Bulldog starter Greg Basthemer allowed over eight innings were earned.
Menomonee Falls veteran right-hander Don August gave up just two runs on eight hits over eight innings to pick up his third win of the season. Ryan Romens led the Lakers offensively by going 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs.
The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 9-4 and 11/2 games behind Lannon in the Land O'Lakes Suburban Division. With four scheduled games and a continuation game to play, the Bulldogs are in second place. The top three teams from the each division make the playoffs. The Brookfield Blue Sox and West Bend 7 Up are tied for third, one game back of the Bulldogs.
The two Brookfield Land O'Lakes teams will meet for the second time this season when the Bulldogs and Blue Sox square off in a crucial game in the playoff race at McCoy Field at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 31.
Johnny Arnold outdueled Josh Lemke in a 3-2 Blue Sox victory when the two teams met May 29.