June 13, 2014, Bend, OR (ISN) – Give the HarbourCats credit for being ready to strap on the spikes anytime and battle in a ball game.
Following a day-long trip from Victoria to Bend, Oregon, the Victoria
HarbourCats received stellar starting pitching from new right-hander Alex
Garcia and emerged with a 3-0 victory over the hometown Elks on Friday
night, in a game played in front of an announced crowd of 800.
Garcia, who arrived in Victoria this week, went seven innings with four
punch-outs, four walks, and just two hits allowed. Carson Schneider and
Alex Fagalde helped close out the shutout, marking the second dominant
pitching night in a row for the HarbourCats. Mikey Wright and Preston Ryan
combined on a 3-1 win over the Cowlitz Black Bears the night before at
Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park.
The HarbourCats scored two unearned runs thanks to just one hit in the
third inning, as a Bend error set up the first runs with Ted Boeke and
Kelly Norris-Jones came in to score. In the fifth inning, Nathan Lukes
drove in the second run in that third inning, then drove in Norris-Jones
again in the fifth inning for the game’s final run. Norris-Jones singled to
open the inning.
Bend ended up with six hits, while the HarbourCats made the most of just
four base hits. The HarbourCats were not issued a single walk by Bend
pitchers, although Boeke was hit by a pitch.
The HarbourCats will send RHP Alex Rogers to the mound on Saturday night in
Bend, looking to improve on a 4-3 record that has the HarbourCats just one
game out of first place in the West Division. The HarbourCats and Kitsap
Blue Jackets are chasing the Bellingham Bells, with the Cowlitz Black Bears
(3-3) in fourth spot.
The series concludes Sunday in Bend, and the HarbourCats will be back on
home field on Monday to start a three-game series against the Bells (
www.harbourcats.com/tickets ), a series that includes Cowbells Night and