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Offensive Woes Persist as Aviators Fall

July 12, 2007 - American Association (AA) - Coastal Bend Aviators News Release

Pensacola's Cesar Aranguren hit the first homerun of his professional career to lead the Pelicans to a 6-1 win at Fairgrounds Field. The visitors from west Florida followed with three straight hits to score twice more in the top of the third and stake their starting pitcher Colin Young to a 4-0 lead.

The Aviators had another woeful night offensively in terms of scoring runs. Coming to bat trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth, the team had not pushed a run across in 22 consecutive innings. First baseman Bryon Smith ended the drought with a blast to left center that made it a 5-1 contest. It was Smith's 6th round tripper of the year. JD Foust, who showed signs of emerging from a slump with a 2 for 4 night, followed with a double to center and it looked as if the flood gates were ready to open for Coastal Bend. But it was not to be as the next two batters were set down without any more runs coming home.

Another opportunity came and went in the fifth when Steve Ketter led off with a double to left and Travis Tully walked. Will Lewis struck out and James Lofton was retired on a fly out to left. Grant Richardson singled to load the bases for Smith, but this time he could not deliver, popping out to right field. Coastal Bend finished the game with 9 hits but only the single run.

Aviators starter TJ Hendricks, making his first home start for Coastal Bend, was hit hard. He allowed 11 hits and 5 earned runs in seven innings. Every Pensacola starter but one had a hit off him. Reliever Brian Martin came on for the final two innings and pitched well, facing the minimum number of batters and recording a strikeout.

First baseman Marcos Rodriguez and catcher Michael DeCarlo helped power the Pelicans attack as each man had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

The Aviators played their fourth straight game without the services of All-Star centerfielder Brian Fryer who is resting an injury to his wrist suffered over the weekend in Shreveport. The lineup fielded by manager John Harris in Fryer's absence has yet to click.

With the win, Pensacola pulls even in the season series with Coastal Bend at 5 wins a piece. Young improved to 3-5 on the year and Hendricks fell to 3-6. The Aviators record now stands at 5-5, the pelicans at 3-4. Game two of the four game series is tomorrow night. Probable starters are Kevin Hull for the Aviators and Logan Williamson for Pensacola. First pitch is at 7:05 and can be heard locally on KOPY 1070 AM as well as online.

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