CPL: Offense awakes for Tommies in blowout
The HiToms sent 13 men to the plate in the third inning against Martinsville, scoring eight runs on just three hits, and Kyle Brandenburg finished a triple shy of the cycle en route to a 15-5 victory at Hooker Field in Martinsville.
Leading 3-1 in the third, Alex Raburn reached on an error by Martinsville shortstop Jorge Chevarria and advanced to second on a single by Evan Stephens. Both runners scored when Brandenburg reached on an error by Keelin Rasch. After Kyle Martin grounded out, Cameron Cecil hit a grounder to second with the infield in. However, Eric Reneger's throw to the plate was too late, allowing Brandenburg to come in, making the score 6-1. Mike White reached on a fielder's choice, Robbie Streett singled and then an error by Renegar scored another run before a Sutton Whiting walk loaded the bases with the score at 7-1.
The Mustangs brought in Tanner Rosenthal to replace starter Jarrod Jameson. Rosenthal hit Raburn with the first pitch he threw, bringing in another run, before walking Stephens on four pitches to allow the HiToms to score again. Brandenburg then smacked a two-run double to left-center, making it 11-1. Martin, who made two of the three HiTom outs in the frame, grounded out to first to finally end the inning.
All told, he HiToms scored eight runs in the frame on just three hits, helped by three Mustang errors. Martinsville committed five errors for the game.
In the fifth, Brandenburg singled home Andrew Cox, who had tripled to lead off the inning, and in the seventh, cranked his first home run of the season, a solo shot that made it 13-2 HiToms. Brandenburg finished 3-for-6 with a single, double, home run and four RBIs.
Ryan Cooper hit an RBI double in the eighth to score Streett, who was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. An error by Martinsville shortstop Josh Alberius, who had come into the game in the fifth, scored Cooper to give the HiToms a 15-2 advantage.
Lively (3-4) worked six innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits while fanning four as the HiToms won for the first time in five tries, improving to 15-19 and 2-4 in the second half of the season. The losing pitcher was Jameson, who allowed 10 runs, just one earned, on three hits with two walks and a strikeouts in 2.2 frames. The Mustangs lost for the fifth consecutive time, falling to 9-24 on the season, 0-5 in the second half.