Nats Open Wisconsin State League Schedule with Split at Addison
Another season. Another Saturday afternoon split. New faces; same outcome.
Upholding the tradition of their Nationals ancestors, the 2017 spent 5 hours on a Saturday afternoon playing baseball only to come away with a win and a loss. In an interesting new spin though, this year's team didn't come out flat at 1pm. Might be because there were 4 rested college guys in the lineup or might have just been a fluke. Regardless, the Nats took game one behind self named, "bulldog" Aaron Woods and future fifth ballot borderline Hall of Famer Curt Pryal winning 9-3.
Knowing his manager wouldn't allow him a complete game in May, Woods maximized his pitch count to full effect. The twenty something lefty and international lover utilized numerous full counts, balancing walk and strikeout outcomes, to earn his second win of the young season. Woods' unconventional approach has made him nearly unhittable this season; He's allowed only 2 hits in 10 innings pitched.
Pryal, also knowing his manager well and his bias for productivity and positivity, continued his torrid offensive pace with 3 timely situational hits, including his second homer, and 3 more RBI. Pryal now stands alone in the cherished 2 - 0 club (for those not in the know, that's 2 homers and 0 steals) Because he's not a stat guy, this writer will let the world know that he now leads the team with 13 RBI.
Game two went mercifully swiftly with the Nationals falling by a score of 1-0. The Nationals remain winless all time in contests where they've failed to push a run across the plate.
If there are positives to be taken from shutout losses.....if......they would be that the pitching efforts of Bob Herrick and Kanyon Fellers were admirable. If not for a dropped fourth inning ball, the game might still be going on.
Next up for the Nationals are the Sheboygan A's. Your hometown favorites make the scenic drive to destination Sheboygan this Wed the 31st and will take on the A's in a 7:30pm tilt unless it rains like it usually does after we arrive.