A good old fashioned pitching duel broke out in this game between Marc Charbonneau of the Panthers and Jason Krottner of the Brewers. Both pitchers had their "A" game as there were no extra base hits and no errors in a very well pitched game. The first 4 innings flew by as both pitchers cruised along. Charbonneau set down the first 10 batters he faced and only gave up one hit through 4 innings. Krottner matched him as he only gave up 1 hit as well plus 3 walks but more importantly 0 runs through 4 innings.
In the 5th, the Brewers finally broke through after singles by Joe Beelen, Keith Blouin, and Frank Macera loaded the bases with nobody out. Charbonneau then bared down and got out of the inning only giving up 1 run on a ground out by Geoff Magnus. The Panthers then looked to get back the run in the bottom of the frame. After Jon Carbonette led off with a single, Krottner was pulled as he was getting tired and in came Geoff Magnus to pitch. After a bloop single by Klassen, Charbonneau then helped his own cause by hitting a seeing eye single to center field to plate 2 runs.
The 2 teams entered the 6th with the Panthers up 2-1, but the Brewers looked to tie the game. After Matt Beelen singled to lead off and Sean Lecuyer walked, Charbonneau again got tougher and didn`t allow the Brewers to score the equalizer. In the bottom of the 6th, the Panthers got an insurance run on a wild pitch to score Steve Tsonos. In the 7th, the Brewers went in order for the fourth time in the game as Charbonneau wrapped up a dominating pitching performance.
Player of the Game: Marc Charbonneau...7 IP, 5 hits, 1 walk, 9 K`s...1/1,
2 RBI, walk.