Story by HarbourCats Media – Photos by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
June 13, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Just 2 days on the job, it was the newcomers time to shine on Wednesday night. Alex Real, Brandon Smith and Clark McKitrick, all in their 2nd day with the HarbourCats, made a splash in an 11-4 victory over Medford Wednesday night at Royal Athletic Park.
Real (3-4, 2B, BB, 2 runs), Smith (2-4, BB, 3 RBI) and McKitrick (3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) all played a big role in the victory, following a rough 4-1 loss on Tuesday night.
Cats Austin Russell (left) and pitcher Scott Kuzminsky relax pregame against the Medford Rogues Wednesday night at RAP – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Habour Cats Chris Lewis digs deep for this ball, taking it off the end of the bat for a foul ball – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
“To see the flip flop from what we had yesterday, it was great to see from our team…everything fell into place for us,” said Smith.
Cats second baseman Jack Graham was picked off when he strayed too far from third base. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca )
MLB 4th round draft choice, and Harbour Cats starting pitcher, Nick Pivetta, pitching a win in game two, may have chucked his last game in a Victoria uniforn as he prepares to sign on with a farm team of the Washington Nationals – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Smith and Real both said that their transition to Victoria has been a seamless one, and that it doesn’t seem like much of a disconnect from the collegiate season.
“You start to see the ball well and start to get back in your comfort zone again. It’s just a testament to all the guys we have on the team and all the great teammates we have too,” said Smith.
Fielder Jack Graham picks up the ground ball trying to throw out the runner at first base – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Centre Fielder Chris Lewis looked to send a Rogues ball out of the park unsuccessfully, as this pitch gets him a little twisted up – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
After letting opponents score first in the each of the first 4 games, the HarbourCats finally jumped on the ledger first with 3 in the 2nd, 1 in the 3rd and 4 in the 4th. Chris Lewis came up with the big hit in the 4th, a 3-run bases clearing double to break the game open.
Harbour Cats Chris Lewis keeps his eye on the ball – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Last weeks Habour Cats player of the week catcher David Schuknecht would give this ball a ride fighting an inside pitch – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
With an 8-2 lead after 4, starter Nick Pivetta had all the support he needed. Pivetta lasted 5.2 innings, before reaching his pre-set pitch count of 100. Pivetta confirmed after the game that this was his final start in a HarbourCats uniform, as he prepares to sign with the Nationals. He still plans to practice with Victoria in the meantime.
#9 Ty Russell beast the throw out at second base, adding a stolen base to his stats – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Starting pitcher Nick Pivetta is congratulated by his teammates after pitching a solid 5 innings and only allowing 2 runs – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The first round of the Battle of the Expansions continues Thursday night at 7:05, with Joe Navilhon taking the hill for his 2nd start of the season. It’s Baseball for Heart Night at the ballpark as well, presented by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
The latest newcomer, Dylan Lavelle, may arrive in time to play, and will look to have just as strong an impact as his fellow newcomers had Wednesday Night.