Aviators Suffer Second Straight Shutout
For the second straight night, Coastal Bend couldn't get anything going against Fort Worth's starting pitcher. Cory Walters pitched a complete game, 2-0 shutout to give the Cats a three sweep of the Aviators at Fairgrounds Field.
Pedro Flores suffered the same fate teammate JR Pickens did one night earlier. He pitched extremely well but received no run support, and took the loss to fall to 2-5 on the season. Flores has endured a lack of run support all season. Wednesday night was his fifth start in which he allowed fewer than 3 runs while pitching 6 or more innings, but either took the loss or received no decision.
Of greater concern for the Aviators is the fact that while they doubled their hit total from Tuesday night's defeat with 8, they have now failed to score in 19 consecutive innings.
In the second, Carlos Adolfo doubled to left field, advanced to third on a groundout and score on Alan Moye's sacrifice fly to center to give the Cats a 1-0 lead. With one out in the fourth, Adolfo and Chuck Carter singled. Moye struck out swinging on a wild pitch from Flores that got through catcher Jason Arrowood to the backstop. Moye reached first safely and Adolfo came home for the Cats second run of the game. Flores then retired the next two batters to prevent any further damage.
The Aviators missed two great chances to score in the home half of the third and fourth innings. In the third, Arrowood and Phillip Grau singled before Travis Tully moved them to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. But Will Lewis struck out and James Lofton grounded back to the pitcher to end the threat. Their next time at bat the Aviators had 2 on and 1 out again. Matt Spencer swung through strike three and Cats catcher Adam Miller fired to third baseman Terrence Green who tagged out Grant Richardson as he attempted to steal third.
Richardson, who has been the Aviators hottest hitter, finished the game 2 for 4. Phillip Grau had a nice game as well going 2 for 3.
With the loss Coastal Bend is now 5-4 in the second half. The Aviators will open a four game series against the Pensacola Pelicans tomorrow night. TJ Hendricks will face Colin Young at 7:05pm. The game can be heard locally on KOPY 1070 AM and online.
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