The Victoria Generals completed a two-game series sweep of the Woodlands Strykers on Sunday night with a 7-3 win at Riverside Stadium. Victoria native Jordan Pacheco got his first start of the season and turned in a solid outing.
Pacheco allowed two runs in the first inning on four hits as the Strykers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. Pacheco settled in after that and allowed just one more hit through the next four innings. He finished the game with six strikeouts in five innings, but did not factor into the decision.
The Generals offense got things rolling in the fifth inning with the help of an erratic Strykers pitching staff. Alex Klonowski led off with a walk, J.D. Stinnett was hit by a pitch, and J.B. Moss loaded the bases on a walk. After a Strykers pitching change, Brandon Hannon drilled an RBI single to right field. Stinnett came into score later in the inning on an RBI fielder’s choice by Frank Cloutier.
The Strykers retook the lead in the sixth off of Generals relief pitcher Trey Wall. The run was unearned after Moss committed a two-base error early in the inning in right field.
The Generals responded in the bottom of the frame, once again with the help of the Stryker’s pitching staff. Aaron Morgan led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a single by Brett Hoffman. Morgan and Hoffman advanced on a wild pitch before a passed ball allowed Morgan to score to tie the game at 3-3.
After another pitching change, Moss walked before Brandon Hannon was issued a free pass to give the Generals a 4-3 advantage. Klonowski came into score on a wild pitch and Hannon scored on a sacrifice fly by Cloutier to give the Generals a 6-3 lead.
The Generals added an insurance run in the seventh inning as Klonowski and Mac Seibert executed a double steal to make it 7-3.
Wall picked up the win in relief for the Generals, allowing just one run on one hit in two innings with four strikeouts. Juan Cortina pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game on the mound for the Generals.
Hannon led the Generals at the plate, picking up two of the team’s four hits in the game. He went 2-for-2 with three walks, two RBIs, and a stolen base.
With the win, the Generals improve to 8-2 on the season and the Strykers fall to 2-7.
The Generals will have a day off on Monday before taking on the Acadiana Cane Cutters at Riverside Stadium on Tuesday night at 7:05pm. It will be Free Ticket Tuesday presented by the University of Houston-Victoria. All fans will be let in for free on Tuesday night courtesy of UHV.
Box Score: http://tcl-generals.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=139043
Article courtesy of the Victoria Advocate: http://www.advosports.com/news/2013/jun/09/mf_generals_061013_211853/