Generals handed early lead by Pump Jacks (video)
June 19, 2013 at 1:19 a.m.
Updated June 20, 2013 at 1:20 a.m.
Drew Featherston's hit in the second inning was the first of the game for the Victoria Generals.
By that point, though, the damage was already done.
The Generals (13-5) scored three runs in the first inning without swinging the bat in their 9-5 win Wednesday night over the East Texas Pump Jacks (6-11).
Center fielder Frank Cloutier and right fielder J.B. Moss started the first inning with walks. Pump Jacks pitcher Ben Mordini also committed two balks to score Cloutier, and two wild pitches to allow Moss and David Paiz Jr. to score.
Featherston would later score in the second inning after a wild pitch to make the score 4-1.
Mordini left the game after facing just five batters, only retiring one batter. The Pump Jacks used five pitchers overall.
"They gave us a lot of runs early," said Generals coach Stephen Flora. "For us to have four, five runs on the board with two hits, it's pretty good. Finally, we started catching on and letting the ball travel, putting good swings on it, and that's when the game broke open."
East Texas bounced back by scoring runs in the second and third innings to make the score 4-2.
The Pump Jacks' bullpen also found some success. But Victoria broke the game open in the sixth with five runs.
Featherston came through again with hit a one-out single that scored two runs.
Jacob Hubert, who had been 0 for 3 in the game to that point, took a 3-2 offering from East Texas' Evan Schreiber to left-center field for a three-run triple that busted the game open.
"That last at-bat, I got a full count, bases loaded, so I knew he had to give me something to hit," said Hubert about the at-bat. "If you give me something to hit, I'm going to foul it off. ... But I got a pretty good swing on it."
The Generals got into a jam in the eighth inning, but pitcher Nathan Humpal escaped a bases loaded situation.
The win puts the Generals two games behind league-leading Brazos Valley Bombers, who they will play a four-game series beginning Friday night at Riverside Stadium.
"What I told those guys is it's always good to go 2-0 on the week," Flora said. "We just won the first part of the week. Now, we got a week of four games, so I want to be selfish: I want to win the week."
Generals 9, Pump Jacks 5
PJ 011 001 110 5 13 4
G 310 005 00x 960
W: McClain; L: Mordini; S: Humpal
Drew Featherston 3 for 4 2B 2 RBI
Brett Hoffman 1 for 4 SB
Jordan Camel 0 for 4 RBI
Jacob Hubert 1 for 4 3B 3 RBIs
Matt McClain 5 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 K (Win) Jordan Pacheco 1 IP 1 BB, 3 H, 1 R, Nathan Humpal 3 IP, 6 H, 2 R (Save)