Pitching Woes Sink Catch


Garrett Osterode -- SID

Compton, Calif. – The Catch travelled to Compton on Friday night to start a three-game series against the division rival Academy Barons. After coming off a huge victory on Thursday, the Catch laid an egg and suffered a huge blowout loss by the final score of 14-6.

Although the All-Star Chris Vargas was on the mound for the Catch it didn’t seem to look like the Chris Vargas we’ve all grown to know and love. Vargas had a rough start for the Catch, surrendering eight runs in his four and two-thirds innings of work. The walks really bit Chris in this one, he had four total walks and allowed way too many baserunners.

The bullpen didn’t do much to help the cause, allowing six runs in their three innings of work. The Catch pitching will have to be better if they want a chance to be competitive in this series.

The Catch offense was solid on Friday night. The nine hits for the Catch were enough to bring across six runs. The Catch also showed a lot of patience at the plate, drawing five walks.

Grant Robbins and Shay Whitcomb continued their hot hitting. Grant had another two hit game, including a big triple. Robbins is the hottest hitter on this team and is really hitting his stride in the ladder part of this season. Shay, on the other hand, has found his power stroke. Whitcomb has now homered in two consecutive games for the first time this season. Shay now leads the Catch team with four big fly’s. This is coming from a kid who has never played a single inning of collegiate baseball until this summer.

The Catch come back home on Saturday to face off against the Barons once again. They will try to even up the series at one game apiece.