27 hits. 24 runners left on base. 22 runs. Six batters hit. Three errors. Two position players piching and a partridge in a pear tree. The SwampDogs 13-9 loss to the Martinsville Mustangs had it all.
Incredibly, it was a very routine game for the first three innings, with neither team breaking through in the score column in the first third of the game.
The SwampDogs opened up the scoring in the top of the fourth inning, as Kam Stewart (Frostburg State) reached on an error by Martinsville shortstop Nick Rotola. Brandon Metoyer (Menlo) would dig in next, and rip a double over the head of left fielder Charley Gould to plate Stewart from first. After he advanced to third base on the throw home, a Chase Edwards (Mount Olive) groundout would plate Metoyer.
Then the damage would start. SwampDogs starter Seth Laigast (New Orleans), making his first start of the year, would allow two runs to even up the score. Then in the fifth inning, the Mustangs sent 11 men to the plate and scored five runs against a combination of Will Bacon (LSU Eunice) and Nick Hartman (LSU Eunice). It was the fourth time in the last three games that a SwampDogs opponent has sent exactly 11 men to the plate.
The Mustangs would add two more runs in the sixth inning against Justin White (N.C. Central) who faced five batters, and allowed three hits and two walks without retiring a batter. Ryan Domingue (McPherson) came in with the bases loaded and finished the inning without allowing an inherited run to score.
The Dogs would get a run back in the top of the seventh when Jason Blum (Southeast Missouri State) reached on an error from Kevin Mahala, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the sixth and stayed in to play shortstop. Blum would advance to second on a David Palenzuela (Miami Dade) groundout and a Norm Donkin (Delaware) flyout pushed him to third. Lane Paul (Murray State College) singled him home with a shot to the left centerfield gap.
Domingue would head out to start his second inning of relief in the seventh inning. The Mustangs would score four runs against him before he could record an out. Infielder Tyler Coolbaugh (Oklahoma) was called on to pitch next and would walk the first batter he would face, but then retire the side witout any more runs scoring. He was helped out when Donkin cut down Ryan Hissey at the plate to keep the score 13-3 in favor of the Mustangs.
In the top of the eighth inning, the SwampDogs would start a comeback against Mustangs reliever Matt Maready. After Stewart grounded out to start the inning, Palmer Page (Utah Valley) walked, then Edwards would collect a base hit. Michael Bozarth (Saint Louis) laced a double to bring home Page and Edwards. Blum was up next and singled, and was followed up by Palenzuela, who brought home Bozarth with a single. Donkin singled into right field to bring home Blum, and that would be the end of Maready.
The scoring was not done in the eighth, as Paul would walk against the new pitcher, Cody Creamer, then Sam Hall (Dixie State) would get a single bringing in Palenzuela, and Donkin would score on a sacrifice fly by Stewart to make the score 13-9 in favor of the Mustangs.
Catcher Jacob Whiting (Montevallo) came in and pitched a hitless eighth inning for the Dogs, and Jason Gamble would close the door in the door in the ninth for the Mustangs.
The winning pitcher was Hux (2-0) who went six innings allowing four hits, and two runs (one earned) while walking three and striking out one. Bacon (0-2) took the loss for the SwampDogs, he went 0.1 innings, allowing four runs on two hits and one walk while hitting a batter.
The SwampDogs play a matinee game at noon against the Petersburg Generals Tuesday before returning home Wednesday to host the Wilmington Sharks at 7:05 p.m. For tickets and more information, call the SwampDogs at 910-426-5900.
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