Sunday, July 6, 2014

HarbourCats win sixth straight over Kitsap

The Fairgrounds in Kitsap - Home of the BlueJackets
The good news, is that there's one more game against the BlueJackets Sunday afternoon in Kitsap, where the 'Cats will try for their seventh win in a row. The bad news, is that the two teams won't meet again until the last weekend of the season.

So much has happened over this stretch of games against Kitsap. Victoria has climbed out of the WCL basement, and is now in second place in the North division. Team batting average has climbed to a lofty .263, and have seven regulars batting over .300. Team ERA is hovering just over the 4.00 mark as well. Things are looking up for the Victoria team.

Saturday's effort was more of what we have seen this past week. Solid starting pitching, this time from Andrew Nelson, who gave up 2 earned runs through 4 innings before giving way to the newest HarbourCat, reliever Angel Delgado (Angel also pitched an inning on July 2nd). Delgado gave up one run, but was in the right place at the right time, and picked up the win. Quintin Torres-Costa threw a masterful 3 final innings for the save.

The right place, right time situation, was the top of the seventh inning, where 3 singles, a walk, an intentional walk, and a hit batter led to four Victoria runs to erase a 3-2 deficit and put the 'Cats up for good. Another hit batter came around to score in the eighth, sealing the game. Victoria walked away with a 7-3 victory.

Alex DeGoti went 3-5 to lead the offence, while once again, Wyler Smith chipped in with 2 hits and 2 RBI. Catcher Jake Lesinski - who just a week ago was hitting .000 also went 2-4, raising his average to .238.

Victoria sends Logan Lombana (3.27 ERA) to the mound Sunday against Kitsap ace Josh Moss, whom the 'Cats haven't seen yet. Moss is 3-0 with a sparkling 2.35 ERA, and gives the BlueJackets their best shot at derailing the Victoria hitting train. Victoria will need its bats once again if they hope to keep the streak alive and hand Moss his first loss.

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