Generals bats silenced against East Texas
KILGORE - With two of the Texas Collegiate League's top pitchers opposing each other on Friday, chances were slim for a repeat of Thursday's walkfest between the East Texas Pump Jacks and Victoria Generals - a game that produced a total of 20 walks, three wild pitches and two hit batsmen.
Scoring chances were also slim, but the league-leading Pump Jacks put together just enough offense to run their winning streak to seven games with a 3-0 victory at Driller Park.
Kyle Kubat (3-0) worked seven scoreless innings to earn the win for East Texas, and Jason Jester picked up a two-inning save in the Pump Jacks' second shutout of the season. Kubat struck out one batter in each of the first six innings, allowing six total hits and issuing no walks.
Jester struck out two in a perfect eighth, and worked around single in the ninth to close out the win.
Victoria, despite a solid effort from starting pitcher and Victoria West alumnus Jordan Pacheco (3-1), drops to 10-7 with the loss. Pacheco held East Texas scoreless on one hit through four innings, but the Pump Jacks broke through for a run in the fifth and tacked on two more in the seventh. Pacheco went seven, giving up seven hits. He walked one and hit one, striking out five.
East Texas is a league-best 15-3 with the win.
Victoria pitchers walked 16 East Texas batters in a 10-5 loss on Thursday.
Tyler Girouard and Logan Davis had two hits apiece for East Texas. Eric Weiss had three hits in the loss for Victoria.
Both teams missed scoring chances early, with Victoria stranding two runners in the first and then getting No. 9 hitter Alex Klonowski on with a leadoff double to start the third before Kubat got a strikeout and two grounders back to the mound to end that threat.
The Pump Jacks got two aboard in the second and had the leadoff man on with a hit batsman in the fourth but failed to score.
East Texas finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth when Girouard reached on an infield single and moved to second on an errant throw. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Taylor Murphy's sacrifice fly to centerfield for a 1-0 lead.
East Texas put two more on the board in the seventh, with Girouard once again getting things started when he singled up the middle. Blair DeBord followed with a double to right, and after Pacheco fanned a man for the second out Davis laced a single near second base on the second-base side. Victoria second baseman Weiss fielded the ball, but his throw was too late to get Davis at first - allowing Girouard to score - and when the ball skipped away from first baseman Patrick Duncan DeBord hustled home to make it 3-0.
Victoria threatened in the seventh when Trent Wagner doubled with two outs, but Kubat got out trouble with a liner to right.
The Generals remain on the road through the weekend, taking on the Acadiana Cane Cutters in Youngsville, La., at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
They come home Monday for a brief stay, taking on Brazos Valley at 7 p.m.