Cats starter Alex Rogers gave up home runs in both the 1st and 4th inning to dig a hole Victoria could never get out of. He gave up 4 runs on 7 hits. Tim Peabody gave up a run in 2 innings of work, but showed great command of a nasty curve ball that netted him 3 strikeouts.
|Watkins, Clark, Degoti discuss hitting strategies in the 8th|
The ninth inning saw another surge from the Cats, but it was snuffed out in a hurry by lights-out pitcher Joey Wise. Wise has yet to allow an earned run this year in 11.2 innings of work. Final score 5-3.
- One thing is for sure, Baseball Card giveaway day is a success. Over 2,400 fans came out to enjoy the game, raising Victoria's WCL attendance lead on the season. I sensed a lot of "new" fans in the park, and heard nothing but positive comments leaving the park. There were some impressive defensive plays that were the talk of the evening, including a fabulous diving catch by Corvalis LF Scott Quinlan to end the 5th inning, and a leaping grab by also-All-Star 2B Marc Gallegos in the 9th off the bat of Wyler Smith.
- And speaking of Smith, Victoria really needs a new lead-off hitter. In non-Kitsap games, Wyler is a combined 2-20 in the leadoff spot. Them ain't table-setting numbers...
- Say goodbye to Quintin Torres-Costa when you're at the park this weekend. Q has really found his stride these past couple of weeks, and seems to have returned to his pre-Tommy John arm strength. He will be leaving us early next week to attend to personal matters. We here at the blog wish him all the best this year at the U of Hawaii, and hope to see him back. He leaves us with a 3.19 ERA in 25 innings pitched, with 33 Ks and only 22 hits. Mahalo Q!