|Local boy Ty Russell with a rare plate appearance|
For a league without a lot of power, it looked more like the home run derby than it did a regular season game. Alex Real hit his team-leading 5th home run - his first in 17 games, but the real power story of the night was John Schuknecht. After Brandon Smith's outstanding night at the plate last night, he was moved up to second in the order, moving Schuknecht down to ninth. The bottom of the order must agree with him - he went 3 for 3 with a walk, 2 Home Runs, and 5 RBI on the night. That's three "taters" off Gems pitching this series.
Unfortunately for the 'Cats this night, two guys putting together 6 RBI wasn't enough. Starting pitcher Joe Navilhon had his worst start of the season, giving up 9 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings including a mammoth grand slam in the 4th to C Adam Daymude, and a single home run to 3B Ryan Clark in the 6th. Change pitchers maybe? Nope, he had to give up 3 more before the 'Cats finally had mercy on the home crowd and got him out of there. Connor Russell, (who must have insulted someone's mother the way he's been skipped, pushed back, and ignored this year) came out of the pen and gave up the final two runs.
In a nice salute to the home-town fans, all three Russell boys made an appearance in the same game, as Ty Russell had a chance to pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth (Austin was the DH).
The 'Cats score 23 runs against Klamath in the series, give up 24, and walk away with only one victory to show for their effort. Signs of a great offence at times, shut down by some questionable bullpen management.
So thanks to the HarbourCats for the shirts, the free ticket giveaways, the clapping hands, the button giveaways... but all we really wanted on Fan Appreciation day was some relief pitching...