Catch Feeling Blue Following Loss to Brewers

The SoCal Catch’s two-game winning streak ended Friday night with an 8-4 loss to the LA Brewers. The Catch (5-6), on the road for the second straight game, could not get anything going against Brewer’s (7-2) starter Geroge Thanopolous. Thanopolous, a Columbia University student, went six strong innings to pick up the win for LA. The Catch managed to score only one run against him, as he gave up just five hits and struck out six in his 102 pitch outing. The Catch left five runners on base in the first two innings, failing to score. Those runners would come back to haunt them. In the bottom of the third, the Brewers actually hit for the cycle, using a double, triple, single and finally a homerun to push four runs across. They picked up two more in the fourth when Cory Geisler hit a two-run homer, the second of three homeruns the Brewers would hit in the game.

Jonathan Knapp (1-2) picked up the loss for the Catch. He pitched five and two-thirds innings, surrendering seven runs (six earned) on nine hits. He did not receive much support from his offense, who left twelve batters on base. Tyler Schweigert went 3-4 with a run and an RBI leading off for the Catch. TJ Hillman also had a strong day at the plate, collecting two hits in three at-bats. The Catch struck out ten times in the game, and once again could not come through with a clutch, two-out hit with runners on base.

The Catch will look to rebound with a three game series against the Santa Barbara Foresters this weekend. The first game is scheduled for 4:30 PM Saturday afternoon at Whittier College. The Foresters are also looking to rebound from a tough loss Friday night. The Foresters fell 2-1 on the road against Santa Paula, but still have 10 wins and just 3 losses this summer. The Foresters are averaging nearly six runs per game, but their real strength is their pitching. They have a team ERA of just 1.42 and strikeout more than one batter per inning. Drew Van Orden (2-0) has given up just one run in his 16 innings on the mound this year. He also leads the team in strikeouts. Thankfully, Van Orden pitched Friday night and is not expected to throw this weekend. Instead, they are expected to face Tejay Antone. Antone (2-0) has thrown 11 innings this season, striking out 12 and surrendering only 2 earned runs. Opposing hitter hit just .171 against him, and is sure to be a difficult test for this SoCal Catch lineup.