- Alex Roth
SBL Bucs Look to Bounce Back in Road Tilt vs. Quakes
The SBL Bucs, (7-4) (7-2 league), look to bounce back from a tough 7-4 loss to the Philippines National team when they head to Fullerton College to take on the Socal Quakes Baseball Academy in a League game. This will be the first matchup of the season against the Quakes, a team that has gone 5-5 in its first ten games and is currently 5th in the SBL. The Bucs remain in first place despite the loss yesterday, and will look to stay in first place with a win today at Fullerton College. The Bucs have gone 4-3 at home and 3-1 on the road thus far this season.
Bucs continuing to hit
Despite the loss, the Bucs compiled 12 hits in yesterday's game against the Philippines National team, bringing their total to 119 hits in 11 games this season. That is an average of 10.8 hits per game, a number that gives an idea of just how good the Bucs have been at making contact and getting on base this season. Thomas Keller and Anthony Chavez have been hitting well for the Bucs, with Chavez hitting .361 in 36 at bits and Keller hitting an astounding .520 in 25 at bats this season. The only concern for the Bucs offense has been hitting with runners on base and in scoring position, as they have been hurt by poor at bats with a chance to score runs at times this season. This was especially evident in yesterday’s loss, as the Bucs only scored 4 runs despite recording 12 hits.
Two Bucs Pitchers continue to carry the load
Jakub Amado and Ian Nord have been the two pitching standouts for the Bucs thus far this season, with Amado pitching 23 innings and Nord pitching 17 innings, 5 more than any other pitcher on the Bucs. Amado pitched 5 solid innings in the loss yesterday, striking out 5 batters and allowing 3 runs in 5 innings of work. Amado has been a reliable presence out of the bullpen for the Bucs for much of the season and has often put up solid relief performances in game. Ian Nord has been solid as a starter and reliever, and has just a 2.65 ERA in 17 innings pitched this season.