Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Game Report: Long Beach @ Reno (6/4/2008)

The Sox came home and we had a really good pitching duel. Marc Kaiser, able to jump spots in the rotation due to a 3 day break between series, went to the hill for Reno. His opponent, Nick Bierbrodt, pitched well for the Armada striking out 7 in the first 9 batters he faced. I am actually pretty familiar with Bierbrodt since he came to major league baseball with my favorite team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is much better than his current record (0-1, 6.43 in 3 games and 1 start) and he definitely showed it tonight.

Bierbrodt pitched into the 7th giving up just one run and 3 hits while Kaiser pitched into the 8th leaving with a 3-1 deficit.

Kaiser has been the anchor of this bullpen and it was good to get him in the first game vs. Long Beach since I still consider them the best team on paper as I explained in a previous post and he did not disappoint. Great game from our Ace as well as Long Beach's starter.

Unfortunately, the lead would get bigger for Long Beach as Jason Cline was again ineffective in relief as the final tally would be 6-3; the Reno offense would not be able to bail out the pitching this game as they only were able to manage 5 hits against the Armada pitching staff. They did score two in the bottom of the ninth so they definitely went down swinging. But they are 1-8 all the same so hopefully they can get the job done starting tomorrow when they send Steve Russell to the hill (0-1, 11.17 ERA) to battle Ryan Claypool (1-0, 9.00).

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