Winchester Royals allow six runs in twelfth, lose to Strasburg 11-6
WINCHESTER – The Royals bullpen surrendered six runs in the 12th inning that led to their third consecutive loss to the Strasburg Express at Bridgeforth Field on Wednesday night, 11-6.
After surrendering a 5-1 lead earlier in the game, Winchester took Strasburg to the 12th inning, where everything fell apart.
“I think we just kind of lost sight at the end,” Royals left fielder Aaron Palensky said. “I think we have a little growing up to do.”
Will Guay started his fourth inning of work by issuing a walk then allowing a bunt single. Royals manager Jacob Mays then went to Dylan Gentry, who issued consecutive walks to break a tie ball game.
“That’s probably the longest (Guay’s) gone for us all year, pitch count wise, so he got a little tired at the end,” Mays said.
Jake Posey entered after Gentry’s second walk, and hit his first batter, only to allow an RBI single and hit another batter to add three more runs to Strasburg’s lead. James Grant came in to record the final two outs of the frame, but allowed a sac fly and RBI single to cap off a six-run inning for the Express.
“Our guys came in and did not get the job done simply put,” Mays said. “You can’t be behind hitters, you can’t walk guys. You gotta come in and command the zone. We just didn’t do that tonight.”
Nick Beardsley started the game, and although some tightness before the game, went five strong innings before unraveling in the sixth.
“He didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but he gave us a chance to win at the end of the day,” Mays said.
Beardsley went 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on nine hits with two walks while striking out four. He had surrendered just one run in the first through his first five innings. In the sixth, Ryan Hogan crushed a two-run home run over the left field fence. It seemed like Palensky had a beat on it, but eventually lost it in the dusk.
“I saw it right off the bat and then I had no idea where it went. I didn’t see it until it went over my head,” Palensky said.
After allowing another single and a walk, Beardsley’s day was over. Ryan Flores hit Austin Hayes out of the bullpen with the bases loaded to account for Beardsley’s fourth run.
On the other hand, Winchester’s offense scored the bulk of its runs in the early stages of the ballgame. In the third, Chris Salvey flared a bases-loaded single into center field to drive in two runs. In the fourth, Masen Prososki added another run with an RBI groundout. In the fifth, Domonic Peroni laced a double that drove in two, opening a 5-1 lead for the Royals heading into the sixth.
Overall, Winchester put together six runs on ten hits.
“That comes back to our pre-game approach,” Mays said. “Last night after that loss, we sat down with the guys and said something needs to change. Our approaches were awful, so the guys took it upon themselves to hold a practice at 10 o’clock this morning and they worked on was middle-back side and staying on the ball.”
Although, Strasburg retired 15 straight batters leading up to the 12th inning.
“I thought we got a little bit away from that innings 6-11. Maybe this is a learning experience for them tonight to realize if they want to buy in to trying to stay in the middle of the field, hits are going to come,” Mays said.
Palensky finished 2-for-5 with a RBI, walk and run. Since arriving a couple games late to start the summer, he is hitting .333.
“Whenever I try to hit, I think hands to the ball. I try to stay alive as long as possible, get a good AB for our team,” Palensky said.
The Royals have an off-day on Thursday before hosting the Woodstock RiverBandits on Friday at Bridgeforth. Ryan Kennedy gets the ball at 7:00 p.m.