Mike Kaffee

Hurricanes Baseball Reporter
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Not beingshut out all season, the Canes make it back-to-back as the Owls shut the Canes down 3-0. You can’t win if you don’t score and the Canes continue to do so showing no offensive energy. The team lives or dies by the HR and failure to do so gives this team little opportunity to mount any offense to get runs across the plate. Tonight the wind kept the ball within the ballpark and if conditions had been more favorable, there would be no doubt that I would be writing a different story. Pitching tonight, you could not ask for more from Ashton Crowther in his third career start. Unfortunately, opposing pitcher Brandon Smith was lights out holding the Canes to three hits through 5 innings retiring 14 of the 17 batters faced.  The Canes must bring their A-game if they expect to be competitive against Duke this weekend.

With the bottom of the batting order struggling, JD moved Edgardo to batting 9th to generate more movement on the base pads. In theory, a good idea on paper, unfortunately, tonight it didn’t work according to plan. 

Tonight, Miami had two opportunities to capitalize with runners on base but bad decisions regarding base running spoiled any chance of taking the early lead. In the first, Daniel Cuvet on first having reached there on a two-out throwing error. Jason Torres singles to right and for whatever reason Daniel tries to extend a possible rally by stretching it by going to third. The single by Jason was not deep and Daniel didn’t even make it a contest with the throw to third. the second bad decision-making came in the third also coming with two outs. Blake decides to stretch a single into a double and like Daniel gets caught short of even coming close to being called safe.

Scoreless going into the third, Blake Cyr provided a Kodak moment with one of his patented diving catches. Failure to make the catch, the Owls would have had a man in scoring position. Two outs, top of the order Ashton hits Spencer Rich putting their fastest runner on first. With 11 stolen bases this season, he makes it 12 setting up the first score. RBI single to left followed by an RBI double and the Owls would have all the runs they would need to grab a win from the Canes.

Miami attempted to rebound in the 4th with a lead-off double by Dorian but that is where he would remain for the rest of the inning and end Miami’s best opportunity to put runs on the board. The only other semblance that there was a bit of life in the bats came in the 7th with a lead-off single by Daniel and having Torres and Scanlon sending balls to the fence only to be caught thanks for the wind keeping both in the ballpark.

The Owls picked up an insurance run in the 8th with our “Closer” being brought in to start the inning. Crowther ran into trouble in the 7th with back-to-back singles after an initial strikeout to start the inning. Walters was brought in to pitch to one batter (K) and Caba secured the inning without the Owls capitalizing with runners on 2nd and 3rd after throwing a WP.

Nick ran into issues with his first batter giving up the first walk of the game by either side. A single followed by a SAC had runners on 2nd and 3rd. An intentional walk was issued to load the bases. A Grounder to third with the only play to first gave the insurance run the Owls were looking for but wouldn’t need. The Canes went down in order in the 9th giving the Owls a 2-0 lead in the series leaving the Cane befuddled on what they could do to recover from the endless spiral downward they have put themselves in.

They have two days to work on it before traveling to Durham. Friday’s first pitch 6PM


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