Generals beat up Marshals, 10-1
BY ALBERT ALVARADO
July 30, 2010 at 2:30 a.m.
If you don't believe in omens, Friday's Victoria Generals game was for you.
Despite giving up a leadoff double to Byson Miles on the first pitch of the game, Blake Payne shut down McKinney the next six innings and a big fifth inning lifted the Generals over the Marshals 10-1 Friday.
"We're playing pretty good right now and everybody is kind of getting in their groove. Everyone's contributing and it's a great thing when you're winning," said catcher Kyle Arnsberg about his team's fourth straight and sixth win in seven games.
"They've played hard all year and now things are just starting to go right for them," said Generals head coach Chris Clemons.
The Miles double led to an early McKinney lead, but Michael Niemann's RBI in the home half of the first erased the deficit.
After Jeramie Marek and Brandon McGahran got on base to lead off the fifth, Langford grounded into a fielders choice that scored Marek to put Victoria up 2-1.
That was a less than exciting start to a spectacular inning where the Generals would bat around, scoring five runs on six hits and taking control of the game.
"Hitting's contagious," Clemons said. "We've had some good at bats where we've drawn some walks and we're starting to get some two-out hits which is the way you score a lot of runs."
Payne took the mound in the sixth with more than enough run support. Payne gave up an earned run on five hits while striking out four in seven innings of work Friday.
"He came back in, after something like that you could lose some composure," Clemons said. "Our goal is to stay away from the big inning. A guy on third with nobody out, he's usually going to score and we kept it at that."
Jake Atwell's RBI in the first was the only major blemish in a night where Payne didn't yield a single walk.
"Their going to hit every once in a while, but for the most part it worked out - we got ground balls," Payne said.