Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Black Bear out-pitch Sweets

Three Cowlitz pitchers combined to limit the Sweets to just one run on five hits in a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night. Nick Paxton drove in both runs, including the game-winning run in the top of the fourth.

Now for some notes from around the ballpark:
- The Sweets fell to 14-21 with the loss and have dropped their last five games. The Sweets have an identical record through 35 games as they did last year.
- The loss, coupled with Bellingham's victory, moved the Sweets eight games back in the playoff chase.
- Kalani Brackenridge doubled in his first at-bat and has now hit safely in 12 consecutive games. It is the longest streak on the Sweets this summer.
- Brackenridge also scored the only run of the game for the Sweets.
- Hunter Virant started for the Sweets and gave up two runs on just two hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out six. He has allowed two runs or less in all four of his starts this summer. Virant suffered his first loss.
- It was also released on Monday that Virant, Arturo Reyes and Spencer O'Neil will represent the Sweets in the 2012 WCL All-Star Game presented by NAPA Auto Parts.
- O'Neil was voted in by the fans.
- Doug Ashby tossed a scoreless seventh inning and has now recorded three-straight scoreless outings.
- Garrett Tygerson pitched the final two innings, allowing just one hit on the night. He has allowed just one run over his last six innings.
- Reyes will start tonight for the Sweets. He leads the league with two complete games and his 2.18 ERA currently ranks sixth in the league. With six innings tonight, he will also take over the league-lead in innings pitched.
- Reyes has allowed one run or less in five of his six starts this summer. He allowed a run on three hits in a no decision against Cowlitz last week.

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