Aviators Lose Fifth Straight
Kevin Hull pitched well enough to win Friday night at Fairgrounds Field. Unfortunately his teammates couldn't solve Pensacola's All-Star pitcher Logan Williamson. Coastal Bend managed six hits off the lefty, but could only score once. The Aviators have now scored just 2 runs in their last 29 innings.
Pensacola registered nine hits and four walks in the contest and had several opportunities to tally additional runs. They had a runner reach base in every inning but one. But Hull pitched around potential trouble much of the night. In the third he benefited from a call by the home plate umpire on a play that saw Pensacola centerfielder Chris Reynolds called out for batter interference as Cesar Aranguren attempted to steal second. Catcher Jason Arrowood's throw toward second was well off the mark and heading toward right center field when the umpire ruled that Reynolds interfered with the opportunity to make a throw. The ball appeared to have struck Reynolds equipment during Arrowood's follow through, causing the ball to re-direct. Each team's manager argued the play and the umpiring crew huddled up twice before ruling Reynolds out and ordering Aranguren to return to first.
In the bottom of the inning Williamson walked Travis Tully, allowed a single to Matt Spencer, and gave James Lofton a free pass. Grant Richardson came to the plate with the bases full and drew a walk on five pitches to give the Aviators a short-lived 1-0 advantage.
Pensacola came right back in the fourth with singles by DH Bo Williams and third baseman Trino Aguilar. JD Reininger then drew a walk to load the bases for catcher Michael DeCarlo. His single to left field drove in two and gave Pensacola the lead. The Pelicans added a run in the fifth, which would be all Williamson would need. He cruised to the ninth inning before the Aviators threatened to tie the game on a single by Arrowood and double by Phillip Grau. Chris Thompson came on to face Will Lewis with men at second and third with 2 out. Lewis grounded out to third to end it and the Pelicans secured at least a split in the four game series which resumes tomorrow night.
JR Pickens will try and turn things around for Coastal Bend against recent addition Noel Baca who'll go for Pensacola. After a fast 5-1 start, the Aviators have now fallen under .500 in the second half at 5-6. Pensacola improves to 4-4. First pitch tomorrow night is at 7:05. The game can be heard locally on KOPY 1070 AM or online.
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