Offense Cooled Off In Loss

By Greg Joyce

After scoring 26 runs in their last three games, the Firebirds’ offense was bound to cool off at some point. The Brewster Whitecaps pitching staff did just that to the Orleans bats, holding them to one run and three hits on the night, and handing them a 8-1 loss on Tuesday night at Eldredge Park.

The game was scoreless until the fourth inning, when the Whitecaps got on the board first. John Brebbia (Elon) was on the hill for the Firebirds, and he had gotten out of any jams until that inning. He quickly retired the first two batters he faced, but then ran into trouble. Brebbia allowed back-to-back singles, and then hit the number nine batter in the order to load the bases. The next batter was Jason Monda (Washington St.), who lined a pitch down the left field line for a ground rule double, scoring the first two runs of the game. That spelt the end of the night for Brebbia, who was charged with a third run when Kyle Hunter (Dartmouth) allowed a single to make it 3-0.

“[Brebbia] did okay,” field manager Kelly Nicholson said. “That fourth inning, I think he could have gotten out of there with a zero if he would have gotten a break. He didn’t help himself hitting the nine hitter to get to the leadoff hitter. He made a bad pitch selection. I thought that allowed the guy to hit that ball down the line. He did all right for three and two-thirds innings. All those things started with two outs. For three and two-thirds, he did a pretty good job.”

For the first five and a third innings, the Firebirds were stymied by the pitching of Scott Griggs (UCLA), who held Orleans to just one hit in that span, an infield single in the fourth by Anthony Gomez (Vanderbilt).

The lead stayed at 3-0 until the seventh inning, when the Firebirds finally got on the scoreboard with one swing of the bat. It came from Ben Waldrip (Jacksonville State), who blasted a solo home run to deep right field for his league-leading fourth round tripper of the season.

That seemed to spark the Firebirds for a little while, as Ronnie Shaeffer (UC Irvine) was hit by a pitch, and moved to third on a standup double to the gap in right by Rudy Flores (Florida International). Just when it seemed like the Firebirds were going to come back and take the lead, Brewster’s Austin Voth (Washington) settled down and retired the next three batters in order to end any threats.

From then on, it was all Whitecaps, as they scored five more runs in the eighth and ninth innings to created the final score of 8-1.

“It was a game tonight where we had to pitch really well to win, and we didn’t pitch very well,” Nicholson said. “Defensively, we were just okay. And hey, obviously we didn’t swing the bats. And you’re not going to win when you do any of those things very well. We didn’t do anything very well tonight.”

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