Rawhide Win 6th Straight

Rawhide Win 6th Straight

After two consecutive rainouts, a well-rested Visalia Rawhide team came back Thursday night to defeat Inland Empire by a score of 5-2. That was Visalia's ninth win in their last 11 games and sixth straight victory.

Starter Taylor Sinclair turned in yet another strong outing for the Rawhide, allowing two runs in five innings.  He has not allowed more than two runs in any of his three starts and has only walked two since issuing five free passes in his first start of the season.

The sidearming southpaw nevertheless was not in line for a victory, as the Rawhide offense could only muster up a single hit in five innings against 66ers starter Nathan Eovaldi.  They did scrape across two runs in the fifth as an Alfredo Marte double followed a Marc Krauss walk.  Krauss would score on a wild pitch before Kyle Greene grounded out to plate Marte.

The game remained knotted at two apiece until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Krauss, Greene, and Rossmel Perez loaded the bases against reliever Bobby Blevins.  Pinch-hitter Josh Ford then cleared the bases with a double to centerfield.

(Rawhide broadcaster Donny Baarns calls Ford's three-run double: )

Andrew Wolcott tossed a scoreless sixth in his Rawhide debut, then Billy Spottiswood fanned four batters in his two innings of work.  T.J. Hose earned his fourth save by shutting out the 66ers in the ninth.

During the six-game winning streak, the Rawhide have allowed two runs or fewer in four of the contests, three runs in another, and four in their 8-4 victory over San Jose.  Reliever Victor Capellan has come away with two victories in that stretch.

The Raw Facts

* The Rawhide were outhit 11-to-4 Thursday night, yet outscored Inland Empire 5-to-2.

*  Krauss is third in the California League with a .490 on-base percentage after having reached base three times on Thursday

* Sinclair is seventh in ERA among California League pitchers with three starts   

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