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Wolfpack Drop To 9-4 With Loss To Giants

The Wolfpack made it exciting late, but couldn’t come out on top Wednesday night and dropped their third straight game in league play. After roaring to a 9-1 start, they’ve stumbled lately trying to get that elusive tenth win.

The bats and, uncharacteristaclly, the defense were sound in this one, the only error that was committed in the field did ultimately lead to a big fourth inning for the Giants, but by no means did it cost the Wolfpack this game. If there is to be any concensus on where the Pack fell flat on Wednesday night, it was with timely hitting. As a team they went 2-14 (.143) with RISP, and the utter lack of clutch at the plate cost them this game.

The Wolfpack are back in action July 6th for a doubleheader against the Guns as they attempt to cross the threshold of double digit wins for the sixth consecutive year.

Offense Continues To Roll, Wolfpack Hammer Giants 19-5

The Wolfpack improved to 6-1 on the season with a blowout win over the Giants on Wednesday night. The game was closer than the final score let on, as the Pack held only a one run lead going into the fourth inning before exploding for ten runs and really putting this one out of reach.

Cam Williams (1-0) earned his first career win on the mound by spinning a three inning start and was able to hold back the onslaught of seeing-eye singles and soft contact base hits long enough to give the Wolfpack offense a chance to blow the game open for him. He pounded the strikezone and induced soft contact all around the field which led to some quick innings and kept the Wolfpack defense engaged. They responded by turning in their lowest error total of the season, only making two. This marks the first time in 2019 they’ve committed less than three errors.

Trent Lawson continues to be the offensive story in the early going for the Pack, as he turned in a perfect day at the plate, giong 3-3 with three RBI and four runs scored. He now sits atop the league in .OPS, batting average, and RBI’s. Some regression is obviously coming eventually, but for now it looks like the entire league is struggling to get him out.

Cam Williams also pitched in a couple hits of his own, and Shaun Connor tacked on five RBI, three of which came on a bases clearing double in the first inning to help the Pack take an early 4-0 lead.

Cory Lawson, younger brother of red-hot shortstop Trent Lawson, made his first career pitching appearance for the Wolfpack in the final inning of this game and closed the book on this game by allowing a single, inducing a ground ball double play, and striking out the Giants lead off hitter. The Wolfpack brass loved what they saw, and are extremely excited to have another quality arm trying the Curly W on and hope they will get to see a lot more of him in the future.

The Wolfpack are scheduled to take on the FMBA newcomer Dinos on Saturday June 8th at 3pm and 6pm.

Errors Spoil Quality Start By Loran In Loss To Giants

The Wolfpack have lost consecutive games for the first time in 2018 after falling to the Giants 4-1 Monday night. The loss drops the Wolfpack to 8-3 at the halfway point of the season, good for second place in the standings behind the Diamondbacks. 

Jaret Loran (0-1) provided another strong outing on the mound going four innings without allowing an earned run. He struck out four and walked one while giving up only three hits. Loran found the strike zone early and often and forced the Giants hitters to swing defensively for most of the game while they were behind in counts.

Michael Goldade was reinstated from the disabled list Monday and wasted no time in making his presence felt as he made a ridiculous highlight reel catch in right field to end the third inning and stop a rally, then proceeded to tie his own club record of stealing four bases in a game (which he set against the same Giants team in 2017). The speedy outfielder now leads the team with nine steals on the season despite only having played in six out of eleven games while battling a leg injury in the early going.

Apart from Goldade’s catch in the third inning, the defense was nowhere to be seen in this game. All four of the Giants runs were unearned, and the Pack set a new team record for errors in a single game with six. Loran and Trent Lawson both pitched well enough to beat a quality team, but the difference in this game was the Giants supporting their pitcher by doing the little things right more often than the Pack could. The Wolfpack have now committed twenty-three errors through eleven games, which has spotted their opponents with a total of thirteen unearned runs.

The Wolfpack have a week off and will be back in action on Tuesday, June 19th to take on the Canadians.

Wolfpack Continue To Roll With 4th Straight Win

The Wolfpack put together a solid team effort to win a tight ball game and hand Desmond Sullivan his first loss of the season. Fresh off of his no-hitter against the Twins back on May 14th, Sullivan was pounding the zone early but his defense stumbled out of the gate behind him as 3 runs (two unearned) in the first inning proved to be all the offense the Pack needed.

Curtis Smith (4-0) provided another quality start on the mound and cruised through the first three innings recording eight of the first nine outs by way of the strikeout. He ended up allowing two runs on five hits, four walks, and struck out twelve in his fourth consecutive complete game victory. The Giants had some tough at-bats and forced Smith into an elevated pitch count, but the Wolfpack defense was solid when hard contact was made and Trent Lawson turned a key double play from third base in a bases loaded, one out situation to kill a rally in the middle innings.

The Wolfpack offense was quieter than usual in this game, but considering the opposing pitcher it was a great performance. Roly Diaz provided multiple base hits, raising his season average to .407 in the process, and Fraser Armstrong, Brendan Roworth, and Jaret Loran all drove the baseball for extra bases and Roworth continued his torrid streak of scoring runs by crossing the plate two more times. He’s tightened his grasp on the team lead in runs scored and now sits at fifteen through nine games.

The Wolfpack will head into June having gone 8-1 in the first month of the season. They will have a quick turnaround and play the Canadians on Friday, June 1st at 6:30pm before getting some well deserved rest over an eight day break.