The Threshers fell 7-4 tonight. I feel like I watched two different games in those 9 innings. In the first game, Adam Loewen and Lee Ridenhour pitched the Threshers to a 4-1 lead thru 7 innings. The offense collected 9 hits and scored in 3 of the first 4 innings. In the second game, two relievers combined to surrender 5 hits, 6 runs, and 2 walks in 2 innings. The offense went hitless over the final 5 innings.
Adam Loewen pitched well thru his first 4 innings. He allowed 2 singles (one a bunt) and 2 walks, but struck out 3 batters with a nasty slider. His Waterloo arrived in the fifth inning. He lost the strike zone. He did manage to record his 4th strike out, also on a slider, but walked the bases loaded and departed after a run-scoring single. His line was –
4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K
Lee Ridenhour came on and you can see by Loewen’s line that no further damage was incurred. Ridenhour has stranded all 3 of the runners he has inherited this season. After inducing a pop up and a fly ball, he had doubled that number. He pitched a 1-2-3 6th inning, striking out all three batters, 2 looking. He did allow a hit in a scoreless 7th inning, but the hit was a questionable call, off the fielder’s glove. It deflected off the inside of the glove, between the glove and his body. I think that ball has to be caught. His line was –
2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Offensively, after a scoreless 1st inning, Brian Pointer doubled in Gabriel Lino who had singled with 2 out. Malquin Canelo then single to score Pointer. Pete Lavin led off the 3rd inning with a double and scored when the first baseman couldn’t hold onto an inning ending double play. Back-to-back doubles by Lino and Pointer to lead off the 4th inning plated another run. Canelo singled to put runners on the corners, but that would be the Threshers last hit for the night.
Jordan Guth was brought out to get the 6 out save. He was greeted by a home run. He followed that up with 2 walks. The next batter attempted a sac bunt and reached base on a throwing error that loaded the bases. A double cleared the bases and put the Threshers in a 5-4 hole. Another fielding error moved the runner to third where he scored on a sac fly.
Kevin Walter was called on to pitch the 9th inning. He was greeted by a home run, same guy who homered off Guth. He gave up two singles and a wild pitch before 2 pop ups and a fly ball ended the inning.
Meanwhile, after stranding Pointer and Canelo in the 4th inning, the Threshers managed only 3 base runners the rest of the way on a hit batter (who was caught stealing), a walk, and a throwing error. After driving the Miracle’s starter out of the game after only 3 innings, the Miracle’s bullpen struck out 8 and walked 1 after the 3 hits to open the 4th inning.
Another tough loss. Michael Nunez has been announced as Saturday’s pitcher and Ethan Stewart on Sunday. So, that means Gonzo has skipped his turn in the rotation.
More moves today. After Corey Bass was added from XST yesterday, Logan Moore was promoted to Reading today. Shawn Camp was sent to XST. Adam Loewen was added from XST. Brandon Short was activated from the DL. Nick Ferdinand was sent to XST.
Oh, yeah. Brandon short batted 5th and played right field. In 4 at bats, he failed to get the ball out of the infield.