☆☆☆ Daulton Varsho 3-4 with a double and a home run
☆☆ Juniel Querecuto 4-5 with a double and a stolen base
☆ Yan Sanchez 1-2 with two walks and a stolen base, but was caught stealing and was picked off at third
Zero Stars Neftali Feliz 2 runs on 1 hit and four walks in .2 IP, blown save
Jake Buchanan got the start, pitching four innings, and allowing one run on six hit, while striking out four. At the end of the top of the fifth inning, the Aces were up 5-1 after a big five run fifth inning. The River Cats would begin by scoring two runs off Jared Miller, who did not have his best stuff today. Miller allowed a hit and walked four batters in only .2 innings of work. Joey Krehbiel would work 1.1 innings, and would allow a solo home run, which would further chip away at the Aces lead. The Aces would add another run in the top of the seventh, but the River Cats would quickly erase that slim 6-4 lead in the bottom of the seventh by answering back with two more runs off of Neftali Feliz, who would allow two runs on four walks and a hit. Jake Barret would work 1.1 perfect innings, striking out two. Stefan Crichton would walk his first batter, a sac bunt would move the runner, he’d intentionally walk the next batter, and the River Cats would walk off with a single to end the game.
The loss would spoil some nice offensive performances from the Aces batters. CF Evan Marzelli would continue his torrid hot streak, reaching bases in all four times by going 3-4 with a walk. SS Ildemaro Vargas was 2-5 with a double. Catcher Michael Perez reached base three times, going 2-3 with walk. First baseman Cody Decker would also reach base three times, going 1-3 with two walks.
Taylor Widener was wild in his 4.2 inning start, issuing four walks and hitting a batter, but he only allowed a hit and a run, while striking out six batters. He was actually quite solid until the fifth inning, when he couldn’t get the final out of the inning. Kirby Bellow came on and got out of the jam, pitching to just the one batter to end the fifth inning. Joel Payamps pitched two scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out four batters. Yoan Lopez followed with two scoreless innings of his own, allowing just a hit while striking out four.
Quit a few Generals with big days at the plate in this one. Centerfielder Juniel Querecuto was 4-5 with a double and a stolen base. Rudy Flores was 2-5 with a home run, his fourth of the year. Left fielder Jamie Westbrook was 2-5 with a home run as well, his third of the year. Although SS Galli Cribbs was hitless, he did reach base twice, and scored a run. Pitcher Taylor Widener also managed to knock in a run with a sac fly.
Riley Smith got the start for this one and had a very solid 6.2 inning start. Smith allowed one run on a solo homer, but gave up six hits, walked one and struck out five. Austin Mason came on and relieved Smith, getting the final out of the seventh inning and would pitch a scoreless eighth inning as well. Mason allowed just a hit, and struck out one in his 1.1 scoreless innings of work, lowering his ERA on the season to 0.71. Miguel Aguilar would get the ball in the ninth inning, and would strike out one in a perfect inning.
The Rawhide scored 2 runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd innings, and would tack on three more runs in the fifth. Catcher Daulton Varshon would have a big day at the plate, going 3-4 with a double, and a home run. Marcus Wilson was 1-5 but would knock in a pair of runs. Drew Ellis reached base twice, going 1-3 with a walk. SS Camden Duzenack also reached base twice, going 1-4 with a walk.
Jeff Bain’s start wasn’t the greatest, but it kept the Cougars in the game. Bain pitched 5.0 innings, allowing three runs on 3 runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three. Breckin Williams struck out four in his two perfect innings of relief. Carlos Bustamante outing didn’t go nearly as well, as he blew the save, allowing 3 runs on four walks, two hits, and a wild pitch. Logically it follows that he’d get the two outs on strikeouts. Jayson McKinley would bail Bustamante out, getting the last out of the eighth inning. and would pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing two hits and walk, and struck out two. In the bottom of the ninth, Kane County would rally for 3 runs of their own, giving McKinley the win,
SS Jasrado Chisholm was 2-4 with a walk, Luis Alejandro Basebe was hitless, but would walk twice, scoring both times he reached base. Ernie De La Trinidad reached base three times, walking and going 2-4 with a triple. William Gorman was 1-2 with a double, and an outfield assist. Yan Sanchez had an interesting day to say the least, going 1-2 with two walks and a stolen base, but was caught stealing, and was picked off at third base.