Tobs throw it away, lose to Pilots 3-2

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HAMPTON, VA

Jonathan Waszak’s Scoreless Outing Streak Extends to Five

Hampton, VA—One of the themes for the Tobs through the first couple of weeks of the season is the Tobs inability to put together a consistent stretch of baseball. One of the factors making it hard for the Tobs is their defense, and the defense once again doomed them in tonight’s game against the Peninsula Pilots, losing 3-2.

Christian Slazinik was the starter for the Tobs and pitched well, but unlike other games where it was the defense behind the pitcher that led to runs for the other team, this time it was miscues by the pitcher himself that let the game slip away. The Pilots scored just one earned run on the night, but both of the unearned runs came home thanks to a Slazinik throwing error on an attempted pickoff at first.

The Pilots jumped on the board in the bottom of the first inning when PJ Higgins singled with one out and moved to third when Slazinik’s pickoff attempt sailed wide of the bag. Taylor Ostrich walked and Kyle Johnson followed with a sacrifice fly to shallow right field. Ben Schmucker charged the ball for the Tobs, but his throw was up the third base line and it allowed Higgins to score, giving the Pilots a 1-0 lead.

They would add another in the third inning when yet again Higgins got on with one out, this time on a double down the left field line. Ostrich came to the plate and singled to put runners on first and third with the one out and again Johnson came through for the Pilots, this time with a sacrifice fly to centerfield, plenty deep enough to drive home the run and put the Pilots up by a pair.

The Tobs though would not go quietly as they chipped back with a run in both the fourth and fifth innings. The first Tob run of the night came home when Taylor Nichols doubled to start the fourth inning and two batters later, Matthew Parrish drove him home with an opposite field single, cutting the deficit in half at 2-1.

Seth LaRue would tie the game in the next inning after Drew Cole walked to begin the frame. LaRue came to the plate with two outs and Cole on first base. He quickly found himself down in the count 0-2 and that is when Cole decided to take off for second base. Larue turned on the pitch and sent it screaming into the left center field gap, easily scoring Cole from first and tying the game at two runs a side.

However, another throwing error by Slazinik would be the deciding play in the game. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Slazinik allowed a lead off single and then got the next two batters out on a line drive to center and a fielder’s choice, leaving Will Shephard on first base with two outs. Slazinik tried to pick Shepard off the bag, but his throw got past LaRue and rolled into the kitty corner by the Pilots dugout. Shephard kept on running and was waved onto home. Schmucker was the first to get to the ball and his throw was a multi hopper and Parrish was unable to handle it, putting the Pilots up by the fateful run.

The Tobs would threaten in the top of the eighth inning, getting a runner on second base with just one out, but Nichols popped out and Schmucker, despite hitting the ball hard, lined out to the left fielder.

Christian Slazinik (0-1) would get tagged with the loss in six innings of work, allowing just three runs, one earned while striking out five and walking three. Austin Heenan (2-0) took the win for the Pilots in three innings of relief work without allowing a single run as Thomas Busbice picked up his first save of the season with a perfect ninth. Jonathan Waszak pitched well again for the Tobs, going two innings without allowing a run, marking the fifth outing in a row where Waszak has appeared without allowing a run.

The Tobs return home tomorrow night to take on the Martinsville Mustangs for the only time this season and the game will be part on Chick-Fil-A Night and BB&T Friday 500 as well as Friday is Thirsty Too Promotion where fans can get drink specials and have a chance to win up to $500. If you haven’t purchased tickets for the game, please call the Tobs office at (252) 291-8627 or visit wilsontobs.com. Be sure to follow us @wilsontobs and like us on facebook www.facebook.com/wilsontobs.

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