Monday, June 04, 2007

Toros Drop Three Games To Blue Thunder

By Robert H. Kelly

(June 3, 2007-League City, Texas) The Bay Area Toros drop the final three games of their five game series against the Tarrant County Blue Thunder.

The Toros lost both games of a double header 11-0 and 10-9 on Saturday. They dropped the final game of the series 13-7 on Sunday.

Hitting in the late innings seems to be the problem for the Toros, as they put runs on the board early in the game, but fail to produce in the later innings.

In the first game of the double header, the Toros played errorless ball, but were unable to gain a run. However, they did go 9 for 15 from the plate, but that was not enough for the win.

The lack of effective pitching is also a problem for the Toros. “I don’t feel very good about (the pitching) at all. Too many walks, too many balls. I’d rather be taken out of a game because they’re hitting us - not because we’re walking everybody.” said Jerrett Sandridge.

The Toros used a total of five pitchers in game one, giving up 14 hits, 9 runs, eight of them earned, along with seven walks and only seven strikeouts.

In the second game, the Toros used three pitchers who game up ten runs on seven hits, six of them earned along with 13 walks.

In the final game of the five game series on Sunday, the Toros again fell apart in the late innings as the Blue Thunder rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the third inning, scoring ten runs in the middle innings to win 13-7.

The Toros struck early in the game, taking a 4-1 lead in the early innings, but it was not enough to compensate for the runs scored by Tarrant Count y in the later innings.

Pitching continued to be a problem for the Toros. Sending a total of six pitchers to the mount Sunday night, the Toros gave up 13 runs on 15 hits with 14 walks.

The Toros are now 1-5 for the season and have been outscored 54-34 in six games. They are in fourth place in the Continental Baseball League, 3 ½ games behind the league leading Blue Thunder.

The Toros will begin a five game series on Thursday against the Texas Heat. Thursday is $30 Thursday, with fans getting two game tickets, a Toros cap and a t-shirt for only $30.

Friday is Ladies Night, with all females, regardless of age, get $5 tickets at the gate. On Sunday, all kids receiving one free ice cream from Select Asset Management.

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