|David Schuknecht hit a solo shot on Wednesday|
Victoria, with its 11-8 record, currently sits in a three-way tie for first place in the North Division with Wenatchee and Walla Walla. If you had told me that fact at the beginning of the season, I would have been ecstatic. However, there are some troubling numbers in addition to the fielding statistics. The HarbourCats are 10th in the league with an anemic .242 batting average, but are still 5th in the league with a solid .349 on-base percentage. With below average team speed, the HarbourCats aren’t a team that can win a lot of games by manufacturing runs -- walks and timely hitting seems to be their recipe for success. On the pitching side, the ‘Cats are 7th in the WCL with a 4.05 ERA and 5th in the league with a 1.31 WHIP. Unfortunately, none of these numbers will strike fear into the hearts of opponents.
Put it all together and it’s possible that this young team might be headed for a .500 season and a third or fourth place finish instead of a run at the league championship. Unless of course their recent struggles are just a temporary funk that the team rolls out of when they return to Royal Athletic Park on Friday. In either case, come on out to the ballpark to see how this all plays out. It’s probably going to be a wild ride to the finish.
- Logon Lombana (0-0, 8.10 ERA) gets the start for the HarbourCats on Thursday night in the series finale in Wenatchee.
- David Schuknecht hit his second homer of the year on Wednesday night and chipped in with a bunt single to raise his average to .325.
- Alex Real had a pair of hits in Wednesday’s game and he now sits second in the league batting race with a .373 mark.
- Chris Lewis had three singles on Wednesday night. Look for a big second half from Mr. Lewis.
- Victoria now has a 4-6 record on the road to go with a 7-2 record at Royal Athletic Park.