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Sentinels' Pitching Caught Off-Guard Against California Blue Jays

07/14/2016 12:09 PM -

Pasadena, CA --- The Arroyo Seco Sentinels (11-16) fell in a non-conference game against the California Blue Jays 14-3 last night at Brookside Park.

The winning pitcher was Liam Rosbeck who came in relief of Blue Jays starter Danny Honoroff and lasted two innings allowing no runs and no hits and compiling two strikeouts. The losing pitcher was Brandon Ponticelli who gave up eight runs, three of which unearned, on five hits and yielding one walk. 

Ponticelli struggled to get in sync. After allowing a base hit to the leadoff batters, Chris Arcos and R. J. Asuncion, the Sentinels allowed another single followed by a hit batter and two RBI double by the clean-up hitter Aspinal.

“Today Ponticelli was unable to repeat his delivery,” Manager Chevrier said. “He didn’t show that he could have command of his fastball. In one inning he hit four batters and walked one and gave up five hits.”

In the second inning, a call to the bullpen sent Joe Mata to the mound. But defense for the Sentinels did not improve as Mata allowed six runs on six hits and the infield committed a couple of errors. Ibarra struck out for the first out of the inning. Then Arcos reached on a fielding error by Chavez at third base. Mata hit R. J. Asuncion and then allowed a line-drive to left center field which scored Arocs. Salazar also got a run batted in scoring Little. Mata then walked Vrtar, after which Osuna it singled to drive Aspinal in. Two more runs would be batted in on two straight walks with the bases loaded. The Sentinels trailed the Blue Jays 14-0 at this point.

Nick Esparza was was a bright spot for the Sentinels, delivering four innings of no-hit baseball.

“He will be a relief guy for us,” said Chevrier. “We try to have our starters set by this time of the season with [Scott] Bolina going out for us tomorrow and [Henry] Baker on Friday. They have been pretty steady for us all year long keeping us in games. It’s good for him individually and for him to pick us up a little bit. But by that time of the game the game was pretty much over it was just an attempt to scratch across several runs just to save face.”

Manager Chevrier is always one to find meaning in defeat by focusing on positive take-aways that can be used to improve in the future.

“You definitely want to put it behind you,” said Chevrier. “But you always want to take the positives out of everything. This was a very difficult game where it doesn’t always go your way. You got to be able to take the positive out something, and you can’t just always have have things go your way. Life doesn’t work that way. Neither does baseball.”

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