Manville shines for Generals
June 27, 2011 at 1:27 a.m.
Updated June 28, 2011 at 1:28 a.m.
Tony Manville was down on his luck.
He allowed a total of 11 earned runs in his prior two starts and was looking for his first win of the season.
On Monday, the Northern Illinois pitcher delivered an outing the Victoria Generals needed.
Manville allowed just one earned run on six hits and struck out four to help the Generals to a 5-2 win over the Acadiana Cane Cutters at Riverside Stadium.
"He's had a couple of rough ones the last two times out and it's a big confidence booster," said Generals coach Ryan Wagner.
Manville threw more than 100 pitches and went eight innings before being relieved by Phillip Garcia with a 5-1 lead.
"After the weekend we had, our relievers threw a lot and I wanted to throw strikes and go as long as I could to try and give those guys a rest," Manville said.
Manville allowed a leadoff single to Taylor Dugas and a walk to Mike Barba, but retiring the last three hitters of the inning.
"They could have very easily put up a crooked number and the game turned out differently, but he got out of it," Wagner said.
Dodging bullets became the manta of the game for the Generals through the first five innings, as the Cane Cutters stranded six runners.
It wasn't until the sixth inning when Acadiana made them pay.
After putting the first two runners on, Thomas Simoneaux brought had a RBI single.
After mustering only one run in their last 23 innings, the Generals broke through.
The momentum changed when Chad Kruse led off the sixth inning with a double and scored the tying run on a double by Trent Wagner.
"Anytime you can get the lead off guy on is huge and to get him to second base is even bigger," said Manville about Kruse's double. "It definitely set the tone."
The Generals took the lead when Grayson Porter hit a bloop single to shallow left field that scored Wagner.
"It felt like a well-placed hit other than the blooper," Porter said.
The Generals got four runs on four hits in the sixth to take a three-run lead.
Cory Hunt added a pair of RBIs with a double in the inning.
"I think we only got five or six hits, but we got the hits when we needed them and that was the biggest thing," Wagner said.
Porter scored a run in the eighth inning when Santiago Ruiz was thrown out trying to steal second. Wagner scored from third to make it 5-1 Generals.
Victoria 5, Acadiana 2
Acadiana 000 001 000 - 2 6 1
Victoria 000 004 01x - 5 5 0
Jason Greenleaf, Jay Myrick, Tyler Cannon and Jacob Derouen. Tony Manville, Philip Garcia and Santiago Ruiz. W: Manville (1-3); L: Greenleaf (1-1). Highlights: (V) Manville,
8 IP, .4 K, 1 ER; Chad Kruse, 1 for 4, R; Trent Wagner, 1 for 3, RBI, R; Grayson Porter, 1 for 2, RBI, 2 R; Cory Hunt, 1 for 4, 2 RBI. Records: Acadiana 12-9; Victoria 10-13.