PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Shreveport-Bossier Captains trailed the Pensacola Pelicans 4-3 with two on and no one out in the top of the sixth inning on Tuesday night. They had just knocked out starter Austin Quinn and were threatening to at least tie the game. But the Pelicans bullpen stepped up and shut the Captains out the rest of the way, as Austin Chambliss pitched three perfect innings with eight groundouts and a strikeout and Seth Overbey worked a scoreless ninth to send the Pelicans to a 7-3 win at Pelican Park.
Quinn (3-2), was lights out through the first three innings on his 23rd birthday, facing the minimum nine batters in just 21 pitches. Meanwhile, Pensacola (34-29, 14-1 2nd half) went down in order in the first against Cardoza Tucker (1-1). But John Alonso led off the second with a single up the middle, and Lou Palmisano hit a high drive down the leftfield line that was ruled a fair ball and a home run by home plate umpire Terrance Mobley amidst the protestations of the Captains players that it was foul.
Shreveport-Bossier (36-26, 7-8) got on the board in the fourth on an RBI single by Andres Rodriguez, but the first home run of the season by Dallas Christison, Pensacola's number-nine hitter, re-extended the lead to three after his two-run shot to left-center in the fourth.
The Captains took advantage of a two-out walk to number-nine hitter Joe Urtuzuastegui in the fifth, getting a hit and an error afterwards to set up Christopher Garcia's two-run single to make it 4-3. But Jorge Alvarez grounded out to end that inning and the Captains offense stalled after the promising start in the sixth.
Tucker lasted six innings, and allowed only the four runs on the two homers, but the Captains bullpen was touched for runs in their two combined innings. Pensacola got RBI hits in the seventh from Chase Porch and Adolfo Gonzalez, before Francisco Leandro hit his fifth homer of the season, a solo shot to right in the eighth to cap the scoring.
Notes: Eight of the nine Pelicans had at least one hit…Andres Rodriguez led all hitters with his three singles…The Pelicans have out-homered the Captains 14-4 in their 15 meetings this season…Rosario was called out by Mobley to start the game when he was ruled to have touched his own bunt outside of the batter's box…Uriak Marquez was hit in the neck by a grounder on the play before Christison's home run, but after some brief attention from the trainer, he stayed in the game.
The Shreveport-Bossier Captains conclude their three-game series against the Pensacola Pelicans at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21. The Captains return home for a four-game series against the Grand Prairie AirHogs on Thursday, July 22, at 7:05 p.m. It will be 99X Thirsty Thursday, with discounted beverages and a chance to win the Captains' Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Shirts off our Backs that night. It is also Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Night, with discounted tickets available for chamber members. 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)