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Generals get back to .500 (VIDEO)

Keldy  Ortiz

By Keldy Ortiz
Aug. 1, 2013 at 3:01 a.m.

Victoria Generals pitcher Juan Cortina tries to slide into second base during a game against the Texas Marshals at Riverside Stadium.

Victoria Generals coach Stephen Flora knew Kyle Keller could become a big game pitcher.

Thursday night, Keller showed that he is a big game pitcher.

Keller pitched six innings with 12 strikeouts and led the Generals to a 7-2 win over the Texas Marshals (17-36).

The win didn't just help the team's confidence headed into the final week of the season. It also brought the Generals' record back to .500 (26-26).

"The last three games that we've won, we put up some decent numbers up offensively," Flora said. "It's really built that confidence back up. Our guys are getting into that box thinking they can hit and not guessing about it."

While Keller led the Generals' defense, it was J.B. Moss who led an offensive surge against the Marshals.

Moss, a right fielder, started off the scoring, hitting an RBI double in the second inning to score center fielder Frank Cloutier. Moss finished the game with two doubles.

"Being able to get those two hits in the game, those only help," Moss said. "It helps you build your confidence in the (batter's box)."

The Generals continued helping Keller offensively, scoring three runs in the fourth after Marshals pitcher Nick Palacios walked four straight batters with two outs.

Keller, whose only blemish in the game was a third inning home run by Marshals' third baseman Mike McGraw, was glad to get back on the mound. In his last start that came amid the Generals midseason slump, Keller allowed four runs.

"I was feeling the strike zone, throwing more strikes," Keller said. "I was anxious to get back on the mound after last week. I was pretty confident."

Keller's dominance showed, as he didn't allow a hit until the third inning. In all, Keller allowed just four hits and two walks with only one earned run.

"The guy has as good stuff as anybody in the league," Flora said about Keller. "He's got a chance to go back to Southeastern (Louisiana) as maybe a Friday, Saturday night guy."

With the playoffs a week away, the Generals have been hitting and scoring runs the way Flora envisioned.

Thursday night, the team wanted to get back to .500.

Now, they want to finish the season on the right note.

"We're back to playing baseball," Moss said. "We're doing the little things right, and it's just paying off for us. We're refocused."



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