For the second day in a row the Beavers could not get it done in Seattle, and lost by a score of 9-6. The Beavers lost their second series of the season, and if they lose tomorrow, they would be swept for the second time.
This afternoon the Beavers left 12 runners on base, compared to the 14 they left on last night. That combines for 26 runners left on base in the first two games, and according to my notes, 13 of those 26, half, were left in scoring position. The Beavers also only got their lead off batter on base two times tonight. Last night they only did it once, which means between the first two games, we're getting the lead off batter on base 17 percent of the time. The Huskies on the other hand, are currently getting their first man on 69 percent. That is hurting us. It's hard to build any sort of rally when you get an out to start nearly every inning.
The pitching staff had another sub-par performance, with starter Joe Patterson going 4 and a third, giving up 12 hits and seven runs, while walking one and striking out three. Mark Grbavac came on in relief, and in one inning of work, he gave up two runs on two hits, walked three, and stuck out one. Anton Maxwell came on in releft of Grbavac in the sixth. He completed the game with the best two defensive innings of the day for the Beavers, allowing no hits, walking one, and striking out three.
John Wallace and Drew George, the 7 and 8 hitters respectively, both went 2 for 4. Ironically, we were just taking yesterday about how the bottom of the order was as close to easy outs as it can get, but turns out that the two best hitters came from the bottom half of the lineup. We can't forget about Jason Ogata's inside the park homer in the first, the first four-bagger hit by a Beaver in three years. It was also the first time a inside the park homer had been hit in Husky Ballpark.
The Huskies won the game with the help of of a six run fifth inning in which twelve Washington batters came to the plate.
The Beavers and Huskies finish up the series tomorrow, and at this point, the Beavers are just trying to salvage a game. The first pitch of Game 3 is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Husky Ballpark.