PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Shreveport-Bossier Captains tied a league record with 28 hits on Sunday night - but lost a crazy game to the El Paso Diablos 24-21. After a 1,300-mile, 22-hour bus ride, the offense slowed down quite a bit Tuesday against the Pensacola Pelicans, as Bryan Rembisz and two relievers held the Captains to just one run on seven hits, beating the Captains 5-1 to start the second half at Pelican Park.
Both teams appeared to have problems with their footing during the early part of the game. Bryan Sabatella led off with a single against Rembisz, (2-2) but he slipped on a pickoff throw to first, getting thrown out by Rembisz for the first out. After a two-out walk, Rembisz retired four straight until a leadoff single to Brian Peterson in the third and a walk to Jovanny Rosario.
Sabatella then smacked a liner to center, but it was caught by Francisco Leandro. Peterson, who had already stumbled around first on his hit, slipped again trying to get back to the base, and was doubled off. That liner started a streak of eight straight retired by the Pelicans righty, who was given the lead in the bottom of the third.
Richard Salazar (4-3) faced the minimum through two innings with the help of a pickoff and a double play, but Adolfo Gonzalez doubled off a reaching Sabatella's glove in right with one out in the third, and he moved to third on a single by Dallas Christison. Carlos Leon then hit a grounder in the shortstop hole, that Bryan Frichter fielded, but threw into right field, allowing both runners to score.
The Captains (29-19, 0-1 2nd half) got one run back in the sixth when Sabatella doubled in Jovanny Rosario, but after Frichter was hit by a pitch the attack stalled. Christopher Garcia fouled out to left and Palmer Karr struck out. Then Andres Rodriguez reached on an infield single, but Sabatella was thrown out at home trying to score by first baseman Javier Brito to end the inning.
Rembisz left after the sixth, and Ron Hill worked around a two-out walk in the seventh and a two-out hit in the eighth to keep the Captains at one run. Meanwhile, Pensacola (21-28, 1-0) got a big insurance run off a tiring Salazar in the seventh. With one out and a runner at first, Christison singled again to set up Leon with first and third with one out. This time, Salazar pitched around the switch-hitter, bringing up the lefty Francisco Leandro. Salazar was able to strike him out, but walked John Alonso with a 3-1 pitch to force in a run.
Jakob Cunningham came on and got a strikeout to end that inning, but walked two with one out in the eighth, before Christison's two-out, two-run double off Marcus Salmon iced things for the Pelicans.
Notes: Rosario stole his league-leading 30th base of the year…Pensacola had at least one hit (but no more than two) in every inning except the second…13 of the 18 hitters in the game had at least one hit…The Captains have scored one run in three of the four Salazar starts they have lost this year (and three in the other one).
The Shreveport-Bossier Captains continue their three-game series with the Pensacola Pelicans on Wednesday, July 7, at 6:45 p.m. The Captains return home on Friday, July 9, at 7:05 p.m. against the Fort Worth Cats, for KSLA-12 Faith and Family Night, featuring a postgame Christian concert by In Plain Sight. All games are broadcast on ESPN Radio, KRMD-1340 AM as well as streaming live on supertalk1340.com. For information on tickets, promotions, advertising, and other opportunities with the Captains, check out the team's Web site at www.sbcaptains.com, or call the Fair Grounds Field office at (318) 636-5555.
(Courtesy: Shreveport-Bossier Captains)