HarbourCats fall in Oregon

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The Victoria HarbourCats have dropped a pair of games to start their road swing in Corvallis, Oregon, falling 4-2 on Saturday night at Goss Stadium, the home of the Oregon State Beavers.

The HarbourCats are back home on Monday, the start of a three-game series with the Kitsap BlueJackets.

With the result, the HarbourCats fall to 8-15 on the season, 3-8 is the road record.

Scott Jarvis had a sacrifice fly in the second inning, and Chris Fougner had an RBI single in the seventh inning. But the Knights scored once in the seventh and three times in the eighth to pull ahead for good.

Dominic Topoozian went a strong 7.1 innings, scattering seven hits and giving up three earned runs to take the loss. He struck out three and walked four.

Corvallis outhit the HarbourCats 8-7, and each team made an error.

On Friday, in a game that took 17 innings, the HarbourCats fell 4-3 to the Knights on a game that didn’t end until 12:30am.

Kevin Collard’s three-run home run was all the HarbourCats would get through nine innings, the blast coming in the third inning to plate Chase Lambert and Austin Guibor.

Through 10 innings, no HarbourCats hitter in the spots 5-9 in the order managed even a single hit, and they combined for six strikeouts.

Starting pitcher Alex Rogers threw seven innings with seven hits allowed, three strikeouts and one walk around his three earned runs.

Nick Wojtysiak, Kyle Francis, Josh Mitchell, Austin Dondanville and Matt Blais would follow him. In the first six innings the bullpen was in play, they were beyond impressive as the HarbourCats gave up just one hit and struck out four.

Corvallis used three hits in the first inning to score twice on Rogers, then added another run in the fourth inning.

The game was started late to set up a fireworks night, but that move left questions on the radio show if the game would go too late to allow for the fireworks to be set off. The fireworks did end up completing before 1am.

The HarbourCats are home on Monday, the start of a crucial three-game set against division-rival Kitsap, with the BlueJackets currently sitting ahead of the HarbourCats in the West Division standings. The HarbourCats are 5.5 games out of first in the West Division and 4.5 games out of the wildcard spot, and the season not yet at the half-way point.

The next series includes some exciting games, including the July 7 Rotary Day at the Park which coincides with the North Park Neighbourhood Association street fair, adjacent to the park on Vancouver Street, and then on Wednesday, July 8, the HarbourCats are welcoming delegates from the BC Elders Conference to Sports Traders Diamond at RAP.

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