By: Nick Solari, Writing Intern, Quinnipiac University
July 30, 2013
Cotuit 0, Orleans 2.
Ducks on the Pond:
- The Kettleers left a total of seven runners on base tonight.
- The only two innings a Cotuit hitter did not reach base was the sixth inning and the ninth, yet the Kettleers were still shut out for the fourth time in 2013.
New Arms Get it Done:
- Right-handed submarine pitcher Michael Roberts (Coppin St) made his first appearance with the Kettleers this season on Tuesday night against Orleans. Roberts came on with a runner on first and two outs in the seventh, and after balking on his first pitch got Shane Conlon (Kansas St) to line out back to the mound.
- 6”4’ righty Wesley Cox (Texas San Antonio) also got his first action on the hill tonight. He threw a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one and topping out at 91 miles-per-hour with his fastball.
Will it Ever End?
- Wiseman extended his hit streak to 10 games tonight. He lined a first pitch fastball over the first base bag in the seventh inning for a double, but was later thrown out trying to steal third.
- A total of 3 players Cotuit players were thrown out trying to steal tonight. Orleans catcher Connor Slaybaugh (Washington St) threw out Jackson in the second inning, Jake Fincher (NC State) in the third, and Rhett Wiseman (Vanderbilt) trying to take third base in the seventh.
- Kettleers catcher Nolan Clark (Concordia) threw out two runners of his own. Clark threw out Conlon in the third, and Kivett in the eighth. Both runners were pegged trying to take second base after a single.
Can’t Stop the Fire:
- Orleans has now won seven straight games, outscoring opponents 41-18 on the streak.
- With the win the Firebirds have officially clinched a playoff birth in the Eastern Division for the sixth straight season.
Out of the ‘Pen
- Kyle Twomey (USC) came in out of the bullpen in the bottom of the sixth inning for Szkutnik and struck out the side in order. Twomey was able to get Zimmer, Ratledge, and Byler in order, all of which came swinging.