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By Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

June 14, 2014, Bend, OR (ISN) – The Victoria HarbourCats used another excellent pitching performance, this time from Nanaimo native Alex Rogers, to run their win streak to three games with a 4-1 win over the Bend Elks in West Coast League action Saturday night at Vince Genna Stadium in Bend.

Victoria pitcher Alex Rogers, here shown in pre-season action against the Victoria Eagles/Mariners, would be outstanding against Bend Saturday, giving up no runs and just 5 hits in his 7 innings of work (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Rogers, who took a 4-1 loss to Kelowna last Sunday in his only previous start, was simply outstanding, shutting the Elks down through his seven innings of work on just five scattered hits, while striking out three and walking just two.

Roger’s performance on the mound and a defence that seems to be settling in nicely after giving up 35 runs in their first five games of the season, impressively extended the HarbourCats streak of scoreless defensive innings to 29 before Bend was able to end the streak in the bottom of the eighth. Notably on Saturday, the ‘Cats used two big inning-ending double plays in the bottom of the fifth and bottom of the seventh to end Bend threats and keep the scoreless streak intact.

Offensively, the HarbourCats would open the scoring early in the game, plating a pair of runs in the top of the second off Bend starter Adrian Martinez. An RBI single from Noah Cummings first scored Hunter Mercado-Hood, who reached earlier on a single, and a RBI from Danny Collier scored John Grimsley, who had reached on an error.

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Alex DeGoti, in action here last week against Cowlitz, would have 2 hits, score 2 runs and steal 2 bases against Bend in Saturday’s 4-1 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The ‘Cats added another in the top of the third when Alex DeGoti singled and eventually scored from third after a passed ball. Another run in the top of the fifth, courtesy of a leadoff single from DeGoti (his second of the game) and an RBI-single from Grimsley, made the score 4-0 for Victoria heading into the bottom of the inning and completed all the HarbourCats scoring for the evening.

Rogers was replaced in the bottom of the eighth inning by reliever Mark Marinch and he got into trouble right away, giving up one-out singles to Josh Cushing, Zack Close and Nick Lopez to load the bases. A fielder’s choice to Grant Newton, nearly the ‘Cats third inning ending double-play of the game, scored Cushing to get the Elks on the board and cut the deficit to 4-1. Marinch would bear down however and get a pop-out to short to end the inning, while reliever Preston Ryan would come in for the ninth and strike out a pair of batters to earn the save.

Adrian Martinez took the loss for the Elks, going five full innings and giving up three earned runs on seven hits. Dalton Blackwell, Austin Kelly and Louis Cohen all saw relief work for the Elks and were effective, keeping the ‘Cats hitless over the final four innings of the game. Lopez, with three hits, and Johnathan Brooks and Close, with a pair of hits each, were the offensive leaders for the Elks.

Game Notes: Attendance was announced at 840. The Elks led the WCL in attendance during 2013. Bend manager Marty Hunter was ejected bottom of the seventh inning after arguing a close out at first base. HarbourCats play-by-play announcer Jordan Smith was unexpectedly asked to bring his scorebook down to the umpires in the bottom of the eight inning, when there was a discrepancy on the number of outs. Smith’s scorebook was correct – there were in fact two outs at the time, not one – and the game proceeded without further incident.

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