Story by HarbourCats Media / Photographs by Glenn Ivens (ISN)June 11, 2013 Victoria, BC (ISN) The first loss in HarbourCats history was bound to arrive at some point, and it finally did on Tuesday night in a 4-1 loss to the Medford Rogues at Royal Athletic Park.
Former Victoria Mariner Connor Russell got the start on the mound for the HarbourCats on Tuesday night. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The HarbourCats fell behind early, after an error led to a 2-run home run by Ryan Teel in the top of the 2nd against Victoria starter Connor Russell. From there, Medford starter Mike Bradshaw had all the support he would need. Victoria built a few threats, but unfortunate double plays ended any chances for Victoria to score.
Close call as Medford Rogues Colin Sowers almost beats out the throw to HarbourCats 1st baseman Chris Lewis during Tuesday nights WCL game at Royal Athletic Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
HarbourCats newcomer Alex Reel does his best to break up the double play by Rogues Brody Weiss during Tuesday nights 4-1 loss. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Medford added a run in both the 5th and 6th innings on plays that Head Coach Dennis Rogers believed should have been made; a misplay in center by Chase Cuckovich and a mental lapse at first base by Chris Lewis.
“Those were all unearned runs,” said Rogers, even though only the 2 runs on the home run were officially unearned against Russell, who worked 7 innings in his first loss of the season.
Chase Cuckovich of the Victoria HarbourCats gets solid contact against the Medford Rogues on Tuesday night. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Bradshaw kept the HarbourCats in check all night long, going 7 innings while allowing just 4 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts, earning his first win of the season. Offensively, the fireworks came from newcomer Alex Real, who went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Real was joined by Brandon Smith, who recorded a single in his 2nd at-bat in a HarbourCats uniform.
Victoria’s Austin Russell watches as his hit flies to deep center field, unfortunately it was caught. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The HarbourCats look to bounce back tomorrow at 7:05 against Medford. Nick Pivetta, recently drafted by the Washington Nationals, will get the start for Victoria. It’s also the first Winning Wednesday of the season, presented by Spinnakers. Tickets are available as the HarbourCats look to start a new winning streak.