July 9, 2014(ISN) – The second half of this road trip is not going the way the first half did.
The Victoria HarbourCats, who were riding a seven-game winning streak after
two series against the Kitsap BlueJackets — one home, one road — have not
had the same results since arriving in Yakima, home of the expansion Yakima
Tuesday saw an 8-1 HarbourCats loss to the East Division-leading Pippins, a
game played in front of 1,125 in intense upper-90s heat that saw some
sloppy play from the defence contribute to the setback. Both teams made two
errors, but the timing of one play by the HarbourCats defence told the
tale, with the ball being thrown around following a throwing error.
Alex Garcia, a high school grad who will go to UC-Santa Barbara in the
fall, got the call on the hill and had his roughest outing of the season,
lasting three innings — he gave up four walks, five hits, and three earned
runs. Angel Delgado had a rough inning, allowing four hits and three runs,
but only one was earned after a miscue put him in a bind.
Ryan Keller, who hadn’t pitched since June 24, came on and threw three
innings, surrendering four hits and two runs. Lefty Carson Schneider,
throwing for the first time since July 1, pitched a perfect eighth inning.
The HarbourCats were outhit 13-7 and struck out eight times, compared to
four Ks for Yakima batters. Bryce Greager was 2-3 and Jake Lesinski was 2-2
as part of a revamped lineup that saw Gabe Clark, Alex DeGoti and Nathan
Lukes given a night off. Only one Yakima starter was held hitless.
The HarbourCats will play one more game in Yakima, on Wednesday, and the
starting pitcher is not yet determined. Victoria is 12-14 and on a two-game
losing streak, and combined with Bellingham’s 12th-straight win on Tuesday,
the HarbourCats are 8.5 games out of first in the West Division. The focus
will be on the wild card spot in the playoff hunt, as four teams (three
division winners, and best record of non-division winners) advance.
On Thursday, the HarbourCats are home to the Medford (Oregon) Rogues, on a
big day at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park. It’s Peninsula
Co-op World Record Pitch day, starting at 8:30am and going right through to
gametime, with everyone in Victoria invited to come and throw a ceremonial
first pitch. Cooper, the Peninsula Co-op mascot, will throw the final first
pitch, while the first pitch of the morning will be thrown by Danny The
Intern from Kool-FM. Special coupons for game tickets and Peninsula Co-op
products will be given out, and all those who throw a pitch before 3pm will
be entered to win a $200 gas card — come down on your coffee break, on
lunch break, throw a pitch, and PITCH IN!
Tickets — www.harbourcats.com/tickets, or at the gate, or at the office.