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Generals reliever has strong start, but offense struggles again

By Keldy Ortiz
July 26, 2013 at 2:26 a.m.

Victoria Generals pitcher Chase Angelle delivers a pitch during Friday's game against the Brazos Valley Bombers. Angelle pitches five innings and allowed three runs, retiring 11 straight at one point in the game.

Chase Angelle made his third start for Victoria on Friday night.

He may not have pitched if the Generals had their starting rotation from when the season started.

Since the end of June, the Generals have lost a majority of their rotation because of injuries and limits set by each one's college coach.

That means pitchers like Angelle, who spent the early part of the season in the bullpen, are getting a chance to show what they can do as starters.

"Coming into this league, I wanted to develop more as a pitcher," said Angelle. "I would want to work my way into the starting rotation, but innings are innings, whether it's the first or the eighth."

Friday night was a little rougher than normal. Angelle allowed three runs in five innings of work, and the offense was silent again as the Generals dropped their fifth straight game, 5-2, to Brazos Valley.

When the 20-year-old heard he was going to play for the Generals, he wanted to build on his innings to prepare for the fall. The Orange native appeared in 12 games as a relief pitcher for Lamar as a redshirt sophomore.

Angelle blew through batters after the lead batter get on base in the first inning. He retired 11 batters, until the fourth inning, when he allowed a walk, double and a RBI single.

In the fifth frame, he allowed three hits in which two runs scored.

Generals coach Stephen Flora, who he is working with the bullpen he has, said he wanted Angelle to succeed Friday. His previous two starts proved, in the mind of Flora, that Angelle has potential to do well.

"He did so much well above what we expected his first two starts," said Flora. "Today, I wouldn't say it was any different. To me, he seemed like he hit a wall."

The bullpen had its struggles, too.

The Generals threw pitchers Juan Cortina and Armando Arevalo, who combined to allow seven hits and two runs.

Opportunities arose for the Generals to salvage Angelle's night, but they didn't capitalize.

In the sixth inning, right fielder Romeo Cortina hit his fourth home run of the season. A few batters later, Alvaro Rondon had an a chance to tie the game with the bases loaded in a 3-2 ball game.

Catcher Aaron Morgan took a lead off third, which in Bombers' catcher Mason Randolph's eyes was enough to pick him off. Morgan did, and just like that the Generals' threat was over.<

The chances dwindled for the Generals, but Flora is hoping the team turns around.

"We have a lot of young guys, and the summer is starting to wear on them," said Flora. "We have to do a good job on rejuvenating ourselves for these next two weeks and somehow get hot for that one game playoff."

Angelle recognized the flaws he had Friday. This summer has been an experience for him to get better to hopefully be on the starting rotation.

"I feel like I've become a smarter pitcher," said Angelle. "Just sitting in the dugout, watching the hitters swing ... and learning how to pitch to them."

Bombers 5, Generals 2

BVB 000 120 200 5 12 1

VG 000 002 000 2 7 1

Parker Ray, Rex Hill (7), Nick Johnson (8) and Mason Randolph. Chase Angelle, Juan Cortina (6), Armando Arevalo (8) and Aaron Morgan and Jordan Camel (8). W: Ray (3-0), L: Angelle (3-3) Highlights: (BVB) Horacio Correa 3 for 5 RBI, Hunter Melton 1 for 4 2 RBIs (VG) Romeo Cortina 1 for 4 HR, 2 RBIs, Alvaro Rondon 2 for 5

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