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Generals blow chances in loss to Cane Cutters (video)

By Keldy Ortiz
June 13, 2013 at 1:13 a.m.

Victoria Generals pitcher Matt McClain delivers a pitch during a Texas Collegiate League home game against the Acadiana Cane Cutters Wednesday night at Riverside Stadium. The game was delayed due to the umpires' late arrival.

J.B. Moss got his first hit of the season, but it was not good enough for the Victoria Generals to get the win Wednesday night.

The Generals missed a lot of chances in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Acadiana Cane Cutters. Despite picking up his first hit of the season, Moss also struck out twice with runners on base.

"I tried to do too much. The second time, I fouled two of them off, I was right there," said Moss, who went 1 for 4. "They say in baseball, the first hit is the hardest one to get. I got the first hit out of the way."

The game was delayed was for 40 minutes because the umpires arrived late. Generals pitcher Matt McClain did as much as he could to help, going six innings with eight strikeouts and limiting the Cane Cutters to one run.

The only damage from McClain was in the first inning, when the Cane Cutters' Chance Vincent hit a RBI double.

Victoria, though, couldn't get anything going at the plate. Through six innings, the Generals had just two hits while leaving five runners on. When they had runners on base, said coach Stephen Flora, they fail to execute.

"We just didn't hit," he said. "I think all in all, our approach at the plate suffered pretty bad. Our guys tried to do too much at the plate and struck out. That's the one thing you can't do with runners in scoring position and nobody out, you can't strike out."

The Generals scored their only run on a wild pitch by Cane Cutters pitcher Jake Winston in the bottom of the third inning.

The game was tied until the ninth, when Generals' reliever Kyle Keller loaded the bases with no outs. He proceeded to strike out Nick Danson, but was stung on a sacrifice fly to right field that broke the tie. After walking Jace Statum, Brett Thornell added an insurance run with an RBI single.

The loss gives the Generals their first back-to-back losses of the season.

"Tomorrow and the next couple of days, we're going to come out there, swinging the bat really well because we are the best hitting teams in the league," said McClain. "It's going to be fine."

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Generals pitching: Matt McClain: 6 IP, 8 K, 6 H, 0 BB, 1 R, Kyle Keller: 2 IP, 4 K, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB Kaleb Keith: 1 IP, 2 K; Generals batting: Kyle Thornell: 1 for 3 2 K, Nathan Humpal: 1 for 3 BB

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