The Beavers scored 27 runs today, taking the first game in the doubleheader against Missouri State 17-6, and jumping to a 10-1 lead in the second before the game was postponed in the 2nd inning.
The first game looked like it might be close for a minute; the team’s traded scoreless first innings, and then exchanged runs in the second. For the Beavers, Tyler Malone scored on a Kyle Nobach single. The Missouri State Bears scored off what has been the bane of the Beavers all season; a wild pitch advanced runner Matt Brown, who had reached bases on a walk. Brown then reached home on a groundout, scoring a run without Missouri State getting a hit.
The third brought Beaver fans a familiar sight. Trevor Larnach belted one down the left field line, completely out of the park. The home run scored Cadyn Grenier, giving the Beavers a 3-1 lead.
Missouri State added one back in the bottom of the third. This time a passed ball moved up runner Hunter Steinmetz, who then scored on a single and an error.
In the fourth, the Beaver bats decided that if their were going to be wild pitches and passed balls, they were going to have to win this one themselves. Kyle Nobach reached the bases on a walk, and then Andy Armstrong brought him home.
That was just the beginning for Oregon State. A double from Adley Rutschman brought in two more runs, and then Trevor Larnach was up to bat again. We know by now how that tends to go.
The homer, Larnach’s second of the day, brought the score to 9-2. The inning finally, mercifully, ended for Missouri State.
The Bears added a run in the fifth, to trim the lead to 9-3, but in the sixth Tyler Malone decided he was tired of hearing the announcers shout everyone else’s name, and fired a shot off into right field.
The homer also brought in Trevor Larnach, who had been walked, and brought the score to 11-3.
The seventh was Cadyn Grenier’s turn. Andy Armstrong and Steven Kwan both reached the bases on walks, and then Grenier got ‘em home.
Missouri State managed to match the Beavers pace that inning. Brandon Eisert and Nathan Burns combined to give up 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk. In another game, that would be troubling, but today Oregon State’s hitters got work done.
In the eighth, a Michael Gretler single scored one, and in the ninth, a Steven Kwan double scored 2, and that would do it for game 1. A 17-6 final score, with 5 home runs. That’s the most runs the Beavers have scored in a game since they dropped 20 on Portland in 2015.
The first game in the series apparentely went longer than planned, as before game 2 began, it was announced we were only getting part of it. No new innings would be started after 3:25, due to a Double-A game scheduled to go on that night. The game will be picked up tomorrow, before the last game in the series.
The game started as if the Beavers knew they didn’t have much time to work with. After two quick outs, Adley Rutschman got the scoring started with a solo home run. Not to be outdone, Tyler Malone also belted out a first run homer, scoring Trevor Larnach, and giving the Beavs a 3-0 lead.
In the second, the Beavers kept working. A walk from Troy Claunch and an Andy Armstrong double got the runners in position, and then a Steven Kwan ground ball brought Claunch home.
With 2 outs, it looked like the Beavers would be hard pressed to keep the scoring train rolling. But as we’ve seen from this team before, 2 outs is a dangerous place to leave the Beavers in.
A Cadyn Grenier single scored Armstrong. An Adley Rutschman single moved up Grenier. A Trevor Larnach single scored Grenier. Then a wild pitch and a walk filled up the bases, with Rutschman, Larnach, and Tyler Malone, setting the table for Michael Gretler.
Michael Gretler did not disappoint, with a Grand Slam scoring 4 more runs, giving the Beavers a 10-0 lead. In the bottom of the 2nd, Missouri State would get one back, off of a solo home run from Matt Brown, before pouring rain and lightning delayed the game, and the decision was made that this is where we would pick things up tomorrow.
Quick set up for tomorrow: The Beavers lead 10-1, with the Bears up to bat in the bottom of the 2nd, with 1 out. There are runners on second and third.
In the first game, Luke Heimlich had a solid outing, which was a large improvement after his game against Arizona last weekend. Heimlich pitched 6 innings, allowing 7 hits and 3 runs, but had an amazing 10 strikeouts and only 2 walks. In relief, Brandon Eisert had a rough appearance, only going for 0.2 of an inning, and allowing 2 hits, 3 runs, and a walk. Nathan Burns took over from there, finishing the game (2.1 innings pitched) with 2 hits, no runs, no walks, and 2 strikeouts.
Bryce Fehmel got the start in game 2, and so far has pitched 1.1 innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 run, with 1 walk and 1 strikeout. We’ll have to see how he finishes the game tomorrow.
There’s no word yet when that will start, but this article will be updated when that information is available. Until then, just watch this on repeat.
Tomorrow’s continuation of game 2 is currently scheduled to get started at 3:30 PM PT. That may change depending on how Saturday’s Double-A game goes.