Pippins Stay Hot and Take Game Two Against HarbourCatsBy Thomas Wilke July 16, 2022 10:11pm
Above Photo: HarbourCats head coach Todd Haney is presented with a replica of the Montreal Expos jersey he wore during his Major League debut in a special pre game ceremony Saturday, alongside his wife Kira (left), HarbourCats partial owner Helen Edwards (Center) and Harvey the HarbourCat
Victoria, BC ~ The Yakima Valley Pippins (8-3)(17-21) used another double digit offensive output to beat the HarbourCats (6-6)(17-21) 10-4 and push their win streak to seven games on Saturday evening in WCL action at Royal Athletic Park.
Michael Splaine got the start on the mound for the Pippins and was next to untouchable for five innings of work. Splaine only surrendered three hits while allowing no runs and striking out five. He has been lights out this year and now holds a 2.25 ERA through 28 innings of work for Yakima Valley.
The Pippins not only continued their win streak, but continued to hit for power, adding two more homeruns Saturday night. Tyler Griggs first hit his second home run of the year before Jake Borst went deep for the first time this year. That gives the American based squad five home runs through the first two games of this three game set.
It was a tough day for the HarbourCats but Noah Sudyka was a bright spot in the lineup. The second baseman, who spent his school days at the University of California San Diego, had himself two hits, including a solo homerun in the bottom of the ninth. That was his first of the summer and the second straight game with a ninth inning round tripper for the HarbourCats. Colton Moore also picked up another two hits.
Victoria is now 6-6 in the second half of the season and sit third in the North Division. They will look to salvage the third and final game of the series Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm.
Victoria closes out their weekend series with Yakima Valley tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon before getting a much deserved day off on Monday. They will then host the North Division’s overall record leader, Bellingham Bells for a mid week series with serious playoff implications. Don’t miss any of the action down the stretch by getting your tickets now at harbourcats.com/tickets.