The Smokies were walloped Wednesday as Adam Bass gave up seven runs on nine hits in just 4.1 innings.
It's been a tough season for Bass, who fell to 0-3 in four starts in 2005. Bass was shelled on Wednesday after two straight starts where he gave the Smokies six innings pitched and only gave up two runs. For Bass the problem continues to be endurance, as opponents are hitting over .500 off him after the fourth inning. Bass averaged just over five innings per start last season in Hi-A Lancaster.
Pete Sikaras is going to have to figure out how to get left handed hitters out if he's going to move up. Sikaras gave up three earned runs, including a homer to switch hitter Darren Blakely, in two innings of work and lefties are 10 for 29 with three doubles and three homers off Sikaras on the season.
Dan Uggla continues to hit consistently, even though he never knows where he's going to play. Starting at short stop Wednesday Uggla was one for four with a run scoring triple.
Shortstop Danny Richar made 13 errors in 82 games with Hi-A
Lancaster last season. He's made nine
errors in 19 games thus far in 2005, including three Wednesday night as the
Modesto Nuts foiled
Give Richar credit though, he did his best to make up for his fielding woes at the plate, going 2-4 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and an RBI, raising his season average to .317.
The loss snapped the JetHawks three game win streak.
Chris Kinsey took the loss Wednesday, and while he walked four and gave up eight hits on the night his ERA over his last two starts is 2.30.