HarbourCats Come Up Short

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HarbourCats Media – Imagaes by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

August 1, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The opportunities came knocking all night, but the HarbourCats hardly had answers for them as they fell to the Klamath Falls Gems by a score of 9-6 at Royal Athletic Park.

One of Victoria’s best opportunities came in the bottom of the first against Gems’ starter Michael Tittle, making his first appearance of the season on the mound for a depleted Klamath Falls pitching staff. The ‘Cats got runners to the corners with nobody out but the next 3 hitters were all put out by Tittle to hang a zero in the first.

Cats Tim Richards fouls this ball away against stand-in starting Gems pitcher Michael Tittle Wednesday night at RAP – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Cats #8 Jordan Ellis steals second base safely after hitting a single into the outfield – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

From then on, the Gems’ bats took control of the game. Cam Newell came through with a solo homer in the 2nd and a 2-run single in the 3rd to give his squad a 3-0 lead. After a Nick Fisher homer in the 4th, Victoria would chase Tittle from the game with 2 runs in the bottom of the 4th, but left the bases loaded with an opportunity for much more.

Harbour Cats short stop Ales DeGoti, hitting a team 2nd best .320 batting average gets too far out in front of this Gems pitch. The Harbour Cats would drop game two to a depleted Gems team 9 – 6 on cool July evening – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Starting pitcher for the Cats Will Ballowe would take the loss for his team Wednesday night against the Klamath Falls Gems – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Klamath Falls kept swinging away off of starter Will Ballowe and reliever Scott Kuzminsky. The Gems ended up scoring in 6 of the 9 innings on Wednesday, including 3 times in the 7th inning to take a commanding 8-2 lead.

Harbour Cats pitcher Will Ballowe would have a tough night against the WCL’s South Division fourth place team, giving up four runs on five hits Wednesday night at RAP – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

While Victoria would battle, the golden opportunities kept passing them by. In total, the HarbourCats only went 3-16 with runners in scoring position and stranded 14 men on base. On the bright side, Brandon Smith went 4-5 on the night and is now 7-13 in his last 3 games.

Cats Austin Russell gets a chance for some pregame fun with the Panorama Recreation Centre’s mascot – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Victoria Harbour Cats Alex Real was that close to tagging out the Gems CF Cameron Newell Wednesday night in Game 2 of the series – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

In the 9th, the HarbourCats tried to mount a rally on Jack Karraker, but as the tying run at the plate with 2 outs, Chris Lewis popped up to end the game and send Victoria to a 19-24 mark on the season.

The HarbourCats still have a good chance to take this series and the season series against the Gems with a win tomorrow night on Fan Appreciation Night at Royal Athletic Park. Joe Navilhon toes the rubber for the HarbourCats, fresh off a dominant outing last Friday that was hidden by Spenser Watkins’ perfect game. 

Gems Pitcher Ian Buckles would be called on in the fourth inning to take over the mound and record the win for his Gems with a little help from pitching teammates Ampi and Karraker – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )