Strong Start from Boone Undone by Three-Run Fifth

2015 Catch Game 4 Recap from So. Cal. FCA Baseball on Vimeo.

By: Myles Bridgewater-Jackman, Sports Information Director 

La Mirada, Calif -- Brandon Boone (West Virginia University) and Adam Cienfuegos exchanged bullets through the first four innings before the East LA Dodgers strung a collection of two-out hits and walks together to score thrice in the fifth against the So. Cal. starter Tuesday night. Each pitching staff allowed four hits in the game however, as four Dodgers combined to twirl a shutout, the four hits amounted to three earned runs against the Catch and an unfortunate loss.

Boone, making his first start of the season, navigated out of trouble in the first after a single and an error put runners in scoring position with one out. Boone was one pitch away from walking the bases loaded but bounced back to strike out Kyle Cuethe and induce a groundout off the bat of Nick Wolyniec. After the two outs to end the first, Boone went on to retire the next 11 batters he faced in order. Boone worked well to keep his pitches down in the zone, inducing eight groundouts over his four and two-third innings of work. He also collected a strikeout in each of his complete innings.

In inning number five, Boone retired the first two batters via groundout before allowing a two-out single to Jake Randall. Randall then stole second and advanced to third on a pass ball before Bobby Dutter walked his way onto the basepaths. Boone attacked the zone against the next batter, Alex Tovar, getting out in front with two strikes. However, instead of retiring Tovar on strikes, the Dodger catcher ripped the 0-2 pitch to right-center. The ball rolled all the way to the wall as both base runners came in to score. By the time the dust had cleared, Tovar was standing at third and the Dodgers had taken a 2-0 lead. Coach Duarte made a pitching change to limit the damage, but reliever Michael Shaw (Liberty University), gave up a single to Chris Flores, adding another run to the Dodger totals.

The Catch bats accumulated only two hits through the first six innings but showed promising  signs of life in the home half of the seventh. Josh Rojas (University of Hawaii) led off the inning with a double to drilled down the right field line before Christian Magno (Drury University) walked, however as Magno was walking to first, Rojas thought he’d try to take advantage of the Dodger defense and took off toward third. East LA was doing anything but sleeping though, and catcher Bobby Dutter immediately threw down to third base in time to catch the runner and retire him. Jeremy Barth (Biola University) worked a walk of his own and two batters later, Cameron Miller’s (Baylor University) two-out walk loaded the bases for Josh Barrick (Liberty University). Barrick, looking for his first RBI of the season, and a way to put the Catch back into the game, looked at two pitches before fouling one off. Unfortunately, the shortstop was retired on a swing and a miss, leaving the bases loaded.

Throughout the rest of the game only one player (KC Huth (West Virginia University)) reached base safely. Both ‘pens locked down their respective half innings and the East LA Brewers hung on to their 3-0 lead to win the game by the same score.

Up Next: The Catch complete the two-game series against East LA, tomorrow at Banning High School in the city of Wilmington. The game’s start time is slated for 6:30 p.m.