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Ajamian, Bullpen carry Sentinels to win over Bucs

07/09/2017 6:30 PM -

Henry Rounds  | Arroyo Seco Baseball Insider

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PASADENA - Arroyo Seco returned to the diamond and Brookside Park after taking two days off for the SCCBL All-Star game. Coming off a doubleheader sweep against Riverside, the Sentinels cruised to a 6-3 win over the visiting Ventura County Bucs that was not as close as the score indicated. 

The Arroyo Seco pitching adventures continued with Head Coach Justin Togeas pulling starter Nathan Garkow after just two innings, calling on a season high seven Sentinel relievers who would toss seven strong innings of two run ball. 

 

“Wanted to give everyone some work. We had a plan where [Nathan] Garkow was going to go two innings, and everyone was going to go one [inning] the rest of the way” 

 

After the Sentinels found themselves in an early 2-0 hole, the always reliable offense chipped away against Bucs starter Matthew Sox in the third inning that was highlighted by a two run double by Joe Morin that gave the Sentinels a 3-2 lead after three innings.

 

“My approach was to go to right center [field], and sure enough the first one [double] was to right center.” 

 

Ventura County had its chances to rally and got five runners into scoring position over the remainder of the game, but would fizzle in the summer heat, going 0-8 with runners in scoring position after the third inning, and also had a runner thrown out stealing home by reliever Morgan West as the bullpen cruised to a fairly easy win. 

 

“I threw my pitch, it wasn’t a great pitch so I was trying to shake it off. The catcher threw it back to me, and I heard this guy running and heard the third baseman say runner, so I set my feet and threw it to the catcher” 

 

Over the course of the game, the Sentinels and the Bucs combined to strand 18 runners on the basepaths, but it was the Sentinels triumphing with six runs to the Bucs three.

 

“Taking that extra base, going from first to third, advancing from second to third, just taking away force plays at second gives you a better chance to score runs, Ajamian had a big game for us, and we were able to come through with some runs.”

 

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED 

 

Daily Doubles: While the Sentinels put up six runs, doubles by first baseman Jason Ajamian each plated two runs in the third and fifth innings that proved to be necessary insurance runs. 

 

1 At Bat, 3 outs: In the seventh inning Ventura County had runners on first and second with no outs, but came up empty handed and only had one more batter record an at bat as Brandon Garcia grounded into a double play. One pitch later, Cole Slater tried to steal home but was thrown out easily by pitcher Morgan West. 

 

K-Zone: Ventura County had runners on second and third with no outs and had just taken a 2-0 lead after a double to left, but reliever Augie Sylk recovered and struck out the side on 15 pitches, including a called third strike on a full count to Ethan Avant for the second out. 

 

HOT SUMMER, HOT SENTINELS  

Arroyo Seco has a 3 game winning streak including a doubleheader sweep against Riverside; the Sentinels sent eight players to the SCCBL All-Star game; and Noah Barba hit a solo homer to right field giving him a homerun in three games with the team. 

 

QUOTABLES: 

 

“We have a lot of guys that we think can get it done” - Head Coach, Justin Togeas on who is the team’s closer. 

 

“Play no mistake baseball, and play hard, we gotta come ready to play” - All Star Matt Colomes on what needs to happen for the team to do well in Palm Springs.

 

“I heard this guy running and was like wait, is he actually trying to do this right now?” - Reliever Morgan West gives his take on the runner stealing home with two outs. 

 

NEXT UP: 

 

Arroyo Seco is off Monday, but travels to Palm Springs on Tuesday and Wednesday for the fourth and fifth games this season against the Power. The Sentinels lost their first two games against the Power, but bounced back with a 6-3 road win the last time they played Palm Springs, and will look to push the winning streak to a season-high four games.



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