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Blacksnakes End Homestand on Sour Note

May 26, 2006 - American Association (AA) - St. Joseph Blacksnakes News Release

St. Joseph, MO-After St. Joe jumped on Fort Worth in the series' first two games, it was Fort Worth that took the big early lead, and the Cats would make it stand up for the 8-3 win Thursday night. St. Joe (5-8) ends the homestand 4-2 and now heads to Sioux City for a four-game weekend series.

With scheduled starter Mark Nussbeck scratched with shoulder soreness, Josh Jarman took the hill for St. Joe and had a rough second inning. Fort Worth struck for five runs on three hits and three walks to take the 5-0 lead. Tony Mota capped the inning with a two-run triple to left-center field.

The 'Snakes would get on the board against prospect Luke Hochevar in the second as Wil Quintana tripled to lead off the frame and was knocked home by Jake Whitesides' sacrifice fly.

But Fort Worth would get that back in the third to make it a 6-1 game.

Then St. Joe would get a couple opportunities to cut into the lead. They loaded the bases in the third with nobody out and the league-leading home run hitter in Quintana at the plate. But Hochevar struck him out and then induced an inning-ending double play from Cody Nowlin to thwart the threat.

But the 'Snakes would get a pair in the fourth. With the bases again loaded, Jimmy Mojica hit a chopper up the third base line that Hochevar threw away to first resulting in a pair of runs on the infield hit and error. St. Joe was within 6-3. But that was as close as they would get as Fort Worth added a pair in the seventh for the 8-3 final.

Jarman (0-1) suffered the 'Snakes loss while Hochevar (1-1) picked up his first professional victory while striking out nine in 5.2 innings. Mojica had three hits and an RBI for St. Joe.

Now St. Joe heads to Sioux City for a four-game series with the 5-8 Explorers. Friday's contest begins at 7:05pm and can be heard, beginning with the Heartland Health Pre-Game at 6:45pm. Donovan Graves (1-1) will start for St. Joe, opposed by Kaarsten Gaarder (0-2) for Sioux City. The 'Snakes then return home next Tuesday for a brief three-game homestand.

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