Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sweets drop fourth-straight on the road

Four the fourth-straight game the Sweets were there but just could not get over the hump. On Wednesday, Walla Walla and Corvallis were scoreless through six innings before the Knights scored two in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a pair of walks.

Now some notes from around the ballpark:
- The Knights have won three-of-four against the Sweets this season. Corvallis has now won eight of the last nine against the Sweets after dropping two-of-three to begin the 2011 season.
- Walla Walla was limited to just four hits and struck out 10 times on Wednesday.
- Jarrod Turner's eight-game hitting streak and nine-game on-base streak came to a halt with an 0-for-4 performance in the series opener.
- Walla Walla's best chance to score came in the fifth inning when Chance Kopacz led off with a triple to left-center and J.J. Robinson walked. The Sweets were unable to score, though, as Robinson was picked off, Jared Jordan struck out and Kalani Brackenridge grounded out.
- Arturo Reyes turned in another strong start, lasting six innings. He scattered six hits, struck out three and walked one in six scoreless innings. He has allowed just one run and one walk over 13 innings this season.
- The Knights scored their only two runs thanks to a pair of leadoff walks in the seventh inning.
- Wednesday's defeat marked the first time the Sweets had been shutout this season.
-  Ben Ruff picked up a double on Wednesday and now has six extra-base hits this season. He has three doubles, two triples and a home run.
- Garrett Tygerson had his most productive outing of the season out of the bullpen. He tossed two scoreless innings.
- The Sweets' roster continues to take shape as Matt Imhof arrived in Walla Walla on Thursday. A freshman at Cal Poly this spring, Imhof will have a few days to get settled before the Sweets return on Saturday.
- The rest of the team is also expected to be in town for Saturday's game against the Portland Lobos.
- Tyler Roberts will make his second league start of the year and his second start against Corvallis. He allowed two runs on five hits over five innings in a no decision on Opening Night. He retired the first nine batters he faced before giving up two runs in the fourth.
- Corvallis will counter with Max Beatty from Pacific Lutheran. It will be Beatty's first start since last year's championship round. He missed all spring after being diagnosed with testicular cancer during the winter.

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