07/02/2017 4:30 PM
Henry Rounds | Arroyo Seco Baseball Insider
POMONA, CA - After getting back from Palm Springs after midnight Saturday night, Arroyo Seco was faced a quick turnaround with the tall task of playing an afternoon game the very next day against the Inland Valley Bucs.
While David May, Jerry Murray, and Daniel Enzminger kept Inland Valley’s hitters off balance with six scoreless innings, Arroyo Seco managed only one run and stranded runners on base in each of the first three innings before breaking through with a Casey Slattery RBI single that scored Jackson Kritsch to give the Sentinels a 1-0 lead.
Despite the offensive struggles, it appeared the 1-0 lead would hold up, but a normally strong bullpen and a Sentinels defense that had played error free baseball through six innings allowed Inland Valley to tie the game 1-1 on a Garrett Hill wild pitch. An Inland Valley wild pitch the next inning restored the one run lead, putting the Sentinels up 2-1. However, it was a lead that would not hold as the Bucs tied the game at two on an error by Froy Smith, ending reliever Morgan West’s afternoon after just one third of an inning pitched. With the score tied 2-2 and the go-ahead run at first, Head Coach Justin Togeas opted for righty Matt McElligott to takeover. However, the gamble would not pay off as McElligott proceeded to give up back-to-back singles and a sacrifice bunt, giving Inland Valley a 4-2 lead that the Bucs would not relinquish.
“We just didn’t take care of business early, and we let ourselves get in a situation where they could score some runs late on us.” - Sentinels Head Coach Justin Togeas gives his take on today’s loss.
“Off Monday and Tuesday, there are guys that are ready to throw. We have some lefties in there to get some matchups against their lefties.” - Sentinels Head Coach Justin Togeas on using five relievers over the course of the game.
Arroyo Seco is off Monday and Tuesday, but returns to action on Wednesday when the Sentinels host the Bombers for a one game series beginning at 6:05 p.m.