July 5,2014(ISN) – The Victoria HarbourCats and Kitsap BlueJackets are two teams going in different directions — and the HarbourCats have found the right time to be facing their division rivals.
The HarbourCats won for the fifth-straight time, and fourth-straight over the BlueJackets, with a 4-1 victory on Friday night at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Silverdale, WA. Kitsap has lost nine in a row.
Alex Rogers, a 10-day signee from Nanaimo who has more than earned his spot in the rotation, and can arguably be considered the team’s top arm so far this year, improved his record to 2-1 and his ERA to 1.77 with seven innings of seven-hit pitching. He struck out just one batter but walked none, and escaped a couple of jams with timely double plays. Rogers has given up just 18 hits in 25.1 innings of work, walking five batters. With more run support, he could easily be 4-0 — and he did not get the run support his team put up in the combined 36 runs in the previous two games.
The BlueJackets scored in the first inning but that was all they got. Victoria, with head coach Bob Miller serving the second game of a four-game suspension, got two runs in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly from Alex DeGoti and a wild pitch.
The HarbourCats had other chances to score but waited until the ninth on an RBI infield single by Wyler Smith and a run-scoring single by Griffin Andreychuk, the latter coming after an error extended the inning.
Smith was the defensive star of the game with three diving catches in left field. Lefty Quintin Torres-Costa relieved Rogers in the eighth inning, and Tim Peabody pitched the ninth for the save.
The HarbourCats (10-12) hope to extend the streak on Saturday at Kitsap in the second game of the three-game series — on fireworks night at the park. Andrew Nelson (0-3, 5.22 ERA) will start Saturday, while Logan Lombana (0-1, 3.27) goes in the Sunday afternoon game.
Victoria sits seven games out of first place with the Bellingham Bells (17-5) continuing to roll over their opponents.
The HarbourCats continue on to Yakima on Monday for a three-game series before returning to Sports Traders Diamond on Thursday to face the Medford Rogues.