On Wednesday night the Rascals lost their first home game of the 2013 season at TR Hughes Ballpark, dropping game two of their series with the Frontier Greys 5-2.
The Greys got on the board early on, bringing two runs across in the top of the third inning. Luis Parache lead off with a triple into the gap, and came around immediately afterward when Chris Kay smacked an RBI single for a 1-0 lead. Tyler Kolodny punched a run-scoring double later in the inning, as well.
The Rascals fought back in the home half of the fourth with a run of their own. Curran Redal hit a leadoff double and advanced to third on a wild pitch by Greys starter Eric Wooten. Aboard on third, Jason Taylor lifted a pop fly into the outfield, allowing Redal to tag up from third and score, cutting the deficit to one.
Frontier pulled further ahead in the sixth on an RBI sac fly from second baseman Esteban Melitiche, making it 3-1, and extended the lead further in the top of the ninth when Tillman Pugh launched a two-run homer over the left field wall, putting the score a 5-1.
River City attempted a comeback in the home half, but fell short. With two away, Phil Wunderlich was hit by a pitch and Evan Crawford laced an RBI double to make it 5-2. But the bats wouldn’t come through in the ninth, giving the game its 5-2 final score.
Despite a solid outing in his second start of the year, Tommy Mendoza took the loss for the Rascals, going 5.1 innings and allowing just three runs on seven hits. Manager Steve Brook put four relief pitchers on the mound for the home stretch. Eric Wooten picked up his second win of the year for the Greys.
The Rascals keep the six-game homestand rolling on Thursday against the Greys at TR Hughes Ballpark, wrapping up the series. Fans can buy tickets by calling (636)-240-BATS, or by visiting www.RiverCityRascals.com