The last time Jason Furrow took the mound at Gabe Nesbitt Field he did just about everything he could to pitch the McKinney Blue Thunder to victory.
The red-bearded lefty gave up only five hits and no earned runs in six innings during a June 8th performance, but it wasn’t enough after his defense allowed eight unearned runs to lose, 8-4.
Furrow was back on the hill dominating opposing hitters on Wednesday, unfortunately, his defense provided much of the same support.
Furrow pitched 8.2 scoreless innings before a fielding error from right fielder Jonathan Anderson allowed the game’s only run, leading to a 1-0 win for the Corpus Christi Beach Dawgs in the first game of a double-header Wednesday at Gabe Nesbitt Field.
Charging to retrieve a Tyler Kmetcko single, Anderson looked up to see if Catala, who was already on first, was rounding second. Anderson failed to field the ball cleanly, and Catala scored standing up as the ball rolled to the right field fence.
It was a tough play for the Blue Thunder, who hadn’t committed an error in the game prior to the game-changing play.
Furrow finished the inning, getting the next batter to ground out, but his offense failed to rally in the bottom of the ninth.
The Blue Thunder (13-12) starter went all nine innings, in a game that was scheduled to go only seven due to the double-header, and allowed only six hits while striking out six Beach Dawgs (14-10).
Just like it’s defense, the McKinney offense didn’t do much to help Furrow. The Blue Thunder bats stranded 12 batters on base in the game, despite connecting for 12 hits.
Anderson, who committed the ninth-inning error, also failed at the plate leaving two runners on after he struck out to end the sixth, and then grounded out with the bases loaded to end the eighth.
While the double-header’s first game might not have gone exactly as planned, the second contest did.
The Blue Thunder jumped out to a huge 6-0 lead after four innings and never looked back as it took a 7-1 victory in seven innings to end the day.
The key for McKinney’s offense was third baseman Gene Filyaw, who went 4-for-4, all singles, and scored four times.
John Milton got the victory for his 5.1 innings of work. He gave up only two hits while allowing the Beach Dawgs only run.
The Blue Thunder will retun to action tonight hoping to win the series’ deciding game against Corpus Christi. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Gabe Nesbitt Field.