Rascals Blank Slammers, Win 3-0
You can't win if you can't score, and you can't score if you can't hit. The Slammers learned this valuable lesson today, as they only had one hit through 7 innings- it was a double from Tyler Coolbaugh. This was Micah Kaczor's first outing of the season for the Rascals, but it looked like he was in midseason form as he completely shut the Slammers offense down. There were a couple hard hit balls here and there, but nothing to show for it. The Slammers loaded the bases in the 8th inning but left them stranded and failed to put a run on the board.
Keegan Long made one bad pitch in the 2nd inning and JD Hearn made him pay. With one out in the inning, Hearn sent his 5th homerun of the season over the right field wall to give the Rascals a 1-0 lead.
Andrew Penner lead off the top of the 5th with a single, stole a base, and scored the Rascals second run of the game after Zach Lavy drove him in with a single of his own. It looked as if the Rascals were destined for a big inning with runners on 2nd and 3rd with only one out, but Keegan Long escaped the jam. Rascals led 2-0 after 5 innings. They would add another run for good measure in the 7th inning to make it a 3-0 game.
The Slammers would finally score their first run of the game in the bottom of the 9th, when Brian Parreira singled to bring home Harrison Bragg. But it was too little too late for the Slammers, as that would be the only run they score.
Keegan Long did all he could today for the Slammers, but it wasn't enough. Long pitched 7 innings, giving up 3 runs- 2 earned, and struck out 5. He did struggle with control from time to time, as he allowed 5 walks in the game. It was also a rough defensive night behind Long, the Slammers had 4 errors in the game. Long would be the losing pitcher in tonight's game.
As stated before, Micah Kaczor made his first start of the season for the Rascals- and it was a good one. He sat down 14 of the first 15 he faced and didn't give up his first hit until the 5th inning. Kaczor's night ended after 7 innings work, where he only gave up one hit and struck out 4. Kaczor would be the winning pitcher in tonight's game.
With the win, the Rascals move to 19-18 and snap their 3-game losing streak. The Slammers fall to 13-25 with the loss. The rubber match of this 3-game series will be Sunday, June 23rd. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
Tonight's Merchants and Manufacturer's Bank Player of the Game is:Keegan Long (7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 SO, 117 P).
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