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Ports Squander Chances in 5-2 Loss at 66ers

April 12, 2015 - California League (CalL1) - Stockton Ports News Release

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - One day after stranding 13 baserunners, the Stockton Ports left 14 aboard in a series finale loss to the Inland Empire 66ers. Despite receiving eight walks over the first three innings, the Ports dropped Sunday afternoon's contest by a final of 5-2 as they allowed the 66ers to plate three unearned runs off of three fielding errors.

66ers starter Garrett Nuss walked four batters in the first inning, but was able to avoid giving up a run as he picked Chih-Pang Fan off of first base in the midst of the frame. Nuss pitched around a pair of walks in the second inning. In the third, however, Nuss allowed a one out double to John Nogowski and two batters later a single to Jose Brizuela that put runners at the corners with two outs. A wild pitch then enabled Nogowski to score and Brizuela to advance to second, giving the Ports a 1-0 lead. After Tyler Marincov worked a walk, Branden Cogswell reached on an infield single that loaded the bases. Beau Taylor came up next and drew a bases-loaded walk to score Brizuela and make it a 2-0 Ports advantage.

Nuss was lifted in favor of Trevor Foss after walking Taylor and Foss got B.J. Boyd to fly out to left with the bases loaded to escape further damage.

Nuss received a no-decision after going 2.2 innings and allowing two runs on three hits while walking eight. Foss also received a no-decision as he tossed 3.1 scoreless frames and allowed three hits while striking out one.

Inland Empire got a run back in the bottom of the third as Ports starter Dillon Overton allowed his first career home run to 66ers eighth-place hitter Michael Strentz, making it a 2-1 contest. It would be the only run allowed by Overton who was otherwise sharp in his California League debut. Overton went four innings and allowed one run on two hits while walking one and striking out two in receiving a no-decision.

Joel Seddon (0-1) entered the game in the fifth for Stockton and set the side down in order in his first inning of work. In the sixth, however, Bo Way reached on a throwing error committed by Brizuela, the third baseman. Way went on to steal second and scored on an ensuing single by Angel Rosa to tie the game at 2-2.

Brandon Bayardi led off the seventh for the 66ers and reached on a throwing error committed by the shortstop Cogswell. Mark Shannon then singled to left and two batters later, Pedro Ruiz walked to load the bases. Way followed and broke the 2-2 tie with a ground rule double to right-center that gave the 66ers a 4-2 lead. Ruiz followed with a sac-fly that plated Ruiz and made it 5-2.

Seddon suffered the loss, going three innings and allowing four runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out one.

Austin Adams (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the 66ers as he pitched around a leadoff single and was credited with the victory.

Cole Swanson pitched around a pair of singles allowed in the eighth inning for Inland Empire and Greg Mahle (SV, 1) notched the save as he pitched around a hit batsman in the ninth.

After dropping three of four to Inland Empire, the Ports continue their seven-game road trip on Monday as they visit the Lancaster JetHawks. Lou Trivino (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his California League debut for the Ports, opposed by JetHawks right-hander Adrian Houser (0-, 0.00 ERA). First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. PDT.

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