Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Victoria bats go silent in the Valley

HarbourCats bats in the Yakima Valley
That sound you hear coming from just south of us, is the HarbourCat offence falling back to earth after a week of playing a team with mediocre pitching in the Kitsap BlueJackets. The Yakima Valley Pippens it seems, do not have that same issue, and the Cats have returned to their whiffing ways at the plate.

The Pippens were the ones pushing runs over at will tonight as they took down the HarbourCats in handy fashion with an 8-1 drubbing. Call it an ode to Brazil perhaps?

Like yesterday, Victoria got off to a good start, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Jake Lesinski cashed in Sean Watkins lead-off triple. Unlike yesterday though, that would be it for the HarbourCat offence as  Yakima Valley pitchers would scatter only 6 more hits over the next 7 innings.

The Pippens put up the consistent scoring numbers on this night, scoring runs in the next 4 innings to take the 8-1 lead. Starter Alex Garcia lasted only 3 innings giving up 3 runs, to be replaced by Angel Delgado who gave up another 3 in a single inning of work, and Ryan Keller who gave up 2 in 3. The only bright spot on the mound was a scoreless inning of work from Carson Schneider.

Lesinski was 2-2 before being pulled, and Bryce Greager went 2-3 in a rare start at first. The first 5 hitters in the lineup went 2-19.

One more game in Yakima before a travel day home to prepare for a three game set against Medford back at RAP.

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