Wahoos Walk Off To Sixth Straight Win

June 30, 2018

It hasn’t taken long for Pensacola fans to see what kind of impact Jose Siri can make on a game. The highly touted prospect hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning off Corbin Clouse (L, 2-1) to give the Blue Wahoos a 3-2 walk-off win Friday night.

With the Wahoos trailing 2-1 in the eighth inning and Chad Sobotka on the mound, Mitch Nay started the two-out rally with a swinging bunt single up the third base line. Gavin LaValley followed with a single to left before Aristides Aquino legged out an infield single, which allowed Nay to score from third. In the ninth inning, Chris Okey doubled off Clouse to open the inning. Jody Davis called upon Keury Mella to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but the Wahoos starter struck out after bunting the two-strike pitch foul. T.J. Friedl bested the M-Braves defensive shift with an infield single, which moved Okey to third base. That brought up Siri who lifted Clouse’s 1-1 pitch to left field, deep enough to score the winning run.

While neither starting pitcher factored in the final decision, both were tremendous Friday night. Wyatt Strahan tied his longest outing of the season with seven innings of two-run ball. The University of Southern California product struck out eight and walked only two. His lone mistake was in the second inning when Travis Demeritte launched a solo home run to put the M-Braves up 1-0. He allowed one more run in the sixth courtesy of Tyler Neslony’s RBI single.

Bruce Zimmerman made his Double-A debut for the M-Braves and was equally strong in his start. His only mistake was a solo home run to Nay to open the Wahoos bottom of the second inning, which tied the game at 1-1. The 23-year old struck out 10 Wahoos and walked only three while holding Pensacola to four hits.

Alejandro Chacin (W, 1-1) replaced Strahan and pitched the final two innings for the Blue Wahoos in scoreless fashion. The win of the second walk-off win of the season for the fish and they have now won a season-best six straight games this season.

The Wahoos will try and make it seven straight wins tomorrow night when LHP Seth Varner (4-0, 2.61). He will face one of the best pitching prospects in all of Minor League baseball in RHP Touki Toussaint (4-6, 3.19) toes the rubber for the hosts.


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