Well, we learned a few things tonight:
Robert Korecky is not Patrick Neshek. Loosely translated, Wings lose their first game of the season (32-0 coming in) when leading after eight innings. Korecky, working in his third inning, retired the first batter in the ninth, while trying to preserve a very shaky 4-3 lead. He never got another out. The Louisville Bats rattled off five straight hits, along with an untimely wild pitch, to erase the lead and go on to win the game 6-4. The Bats’ Scott Chiasson applied the humiliation in the bottom of the ninth , striking out the side–using 11 pitches, ten of which went for strikes.
Wings have lost five straight to the surging Bats, and they will have to play a whole lot better to beat this team. They are now tied in the overall standings.
You can’t waste as many opportunities to score as the Wings did tonight and expect to beat a good team. The ultimate indignity was putting men on second and third with one out in the eighth, and failing to add to their precarious one-run lead. Meanwhile, Wings pitchers failed to retire the Bats in order in any inning.
Pete Munro made his first relief appearance in the ninth, when Korecky couldn’t get anyone out. Our pitching is thin, but no, we don’t want Willie Eyre thank you.
Thomas Watkins extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and Garrett Jones hit his 14th HR in the sixth inning to give the Wings what they hoped would be a 4-3 victory. He has 63 RBI.
Luis Maza made his first start in nine games tonight.
They say the hardest ball for a center fielder to catch is the one hit directly at him. Andres Torres knows how it is, as he had one hit right at him tonight. He broke in, and then turned tail, and headed back out only to have the ball glance off his glove for a tainted double, which eventually turned into a run scored.
The crowd of 8,200 raises the Wings average attendance to about 5,950, which is ninth best in the International League. Louisville leads with an average attendance of over 9,000.
The less said about this game, the better. This is one of those losses that Stan Cliburn will circle in red. Exasperating; frustrating and discouraging. Mike Smith goes on Sunday to try and stop the bleeding.