Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
July 2, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – It must be the caps. The new, patriotic, Canada Day special red caps. Wearing those caps, the Victoria HarbourCats completed a sweep of the visiting Kitsap BlueJackets on Wednesday night, this time winning by a score of 17-3 and finishing the 3-game series out-hitting Kitsap 47-24 and outscoring them 40-8.
Things got off to a bad start early for Kitsap as shortstop Danile Patzlaff could not reach this wild first inning throw, allowing Victoria baserunner Griffin Andreychuk to get up and move to third. The error would help contribute to a 5-run first inning for the HarbourCats (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
In the process, the HarbourCats moved their winning streak to four and jumped ahead of Kitsap into third place in the West Division standings with a 9-12 record, a half-game ahead of the now last place 8-12 BlueJackets.
Victoria once again used a big first inning to ignite the offence, scoring five runs off Kitsap starter Rustim Sveum, four of which, despite five HarbourCat hits, came courtesy of two glaring errors. The ‘Cats would add 2 more in the second, five more in the third and four more in the fourth, and just like Tuesday, the rout was on.
Wyler Smith would have a big night for Victoria, going 4 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 4 RBIs (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Tonight’s onslaught was led by Wyler Smith who was 4-for-4 at the plate, with two runs scored and four RBIs. He also added a pair of stolen bases to move into a tie for second in that category in the league with ten.
Also having big nights for the HarbourCats were Sean Watkins (also 4-for-4 with four runs scored and an RBI), Jake Lesinski (three hits including a double and an RBI), Noah Cummings (three hits and an RBI) and Hunter Mercado-Hood who, with a pair of hits, cashed in four more RBIs to push his league leading total to 24.
In addition, in one of those statistical oddities in baseball, Victoria’s Alex DeGoti had a four-RBI evening, but was 0-for3 at the plate. His RBIs came courtesy of two sacrifice flies, a ground out and a fielder’s choice.
Despite not getting a hit all evening, Victoria’s Alex DeGoti would cash in 4 RBIs in the 17-3 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
On the mound, the HarbourCats trotted out left-hander Don Sullivan to face the BlueJackets and the decision proved to be a good one. Sullivan put together his best outing so far this season, going five full innings and surrendering a pair of Kitsap runs on four hits, while walking two and striking out two. Sullivan will now head back to California Thursday to clear up some academic issues and as his return to the team is uncertain for the moment, it was befitting of him to finish (for now) on a high note and give the team a win.
Left-hander Don Sullivan got the win Wednesday, going 5 full innings and allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and striking out two (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Alex Fagalde would pitch a scoreless sixth and seventh inning, while newcomer Angel Delgado – just signed out of Riverside Community College – and Mark Marinch would get the eighth and ninth respectively. Marinch would give up the third Kitsap run in the ninth, but it would be unearned, coming as a result of a HarbourCat error.
Victoria’s Griffin Andreychuk turns a double play beside a sliding Alex Horowitz (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The loss was the BlueJacket’s eighth in a row and things do not look any easier for them, as they will limp home tomorrow and then get ready to face these same HarbourCats in a three-game series that begins in Kitsap on Friday night.
The trip to Kitsap marks the beginning of the longest road trip of the season for the ‘Cats and following the set there, on Monday, they will head inland to Yakima to face the expansion Yakima Valley Pippins who sport a surprising 13-8 record. The ‘Cats then return home on Thursday July 10th to face the Medford Rogues in the first weekend series of the year at Royal Athletic Park.
HarbourCats newcomer Angel Delgado made his debut Wednesday, throwing an inning of scoreless relief (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
GAME NOTES: Head Coach Bob Miller (pictured left) has been suspended four games by West Coast League President Dennis Koho following Miller’s ejection in a Sunday road game against the Cowlitz Black Bears. The suspension, which came down this afternoon, starts immediately.
RHP/IF Jacob McAdams (pictured centre) has been released. The native of Scottsdale, Arizona, who attended the University of Arizona last year but will be transferring to another school this fall, will be joining a summer wood-bat league in Kentucky. McAdams was 1-4 as a hitter and 0-0 with a 8.30 ERA in three appearances (4.1 innings). He struck out four and walked six, giving up five hits and six runs.
LHP Don Sullivan (pictured right), who pitched tonight’s game, will be leaving the team for an indefinite period on Thursday to clear up academic issues in California. The lefty from Riverside City College has to take a series of exams for his transfer this coming fall.
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