Catch Take Two

The SoCal Catch took both games in their doubleheader Thursday against the East LA Dodgers. Despite coming off the All Star Break, the bats came alive for the Catch, who pounded out 26 hits and 20 runs in just 14 innings of action (both games were scheduled for 7 innings). The Dodgers took a 6-1 lead in the third inning of game one, putting a five-spot on the board in the top of the third. The Catch added one in the bottom of the third, two in the fifth then five of their own in the bottom of the sixth. Jonathan Munoz, Conor Smith, and Nick Linne all had three hits in the game for the Catch. Munoz, Linne, and Chad Shannon had two RBIs. Six of their fourteen hits in the game went for extra bases as the top six hitters in the lineup all had at least one RBI. Jacob Green threw 2.33 innings of one-hit baseball in relief for the Catch. He then handed the baseball off to Bruce Tolliver, who surrendered just one hit in two innings of his own to pick up his first win of the summer for the Catch.

The offense picked up where it left off in game two. After the Dodger took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third, the Catch quickly responded with eight runs in the bottom of the inning (that is the most runs the Catch have scored in a single inning this season). Neil DeCook went 3-3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored for the Catch, who had nine different hitters record a base hit in the game. Linne, Smith, and Brandon Van Horn each had two RBIs as well. Linne crushed his third homerun of the season, and Davis Cantwell hit a laser into the street behind the left field fence for his first homer. Cantwell also scored three runs in the game. With the wins the Catch are now 21-18 on the season. The Dodgers are non-league opponents though, so the wins did not help the Catch in their pursuit of the division title. The Catch sit 3.5 games behind the brewers with eight league games to play. They resume league play Friday afternoon against the Bakersfield Sound. The Catch swept the Sound in a four-game series last week. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:30 PM at Whittier College. Jesse Yancosek is scheduled to pitch for the Catch.