By Lori Lyons, Rougarou Writer
The Baton Rouge Rougarou and the Victoria Generals both played possum for a while Monday night, letting a pair of pitchers duel through five scoreless innings during which the teams had three hits between them.
Then things got interesting.
The Rougarou scored two runs in the top of the sixth, but the Generals scored three runs in the bottom. The Rougarou scored two in the top of the seventh to lead 4-3. But the Generals rallied in the bottom of the eighth with some help from the Rougarou. A pair of doubles tied it at 4, two hit batters loaded the bases, a walk gave the Generals the lead, and a Rougarou error gave them insurance for a 6-4 win at Riverside Stadium in Victoria, Texas.
Rougarou pitcher Chris Tonna cruised through the first five innings, holding the Generals to a double in the third, a single in the fourth and a walk in the fifth.
Generals pitcher Travis Phelps was just as stingy, walking Landrey Wilkerson and giving up a single to Brennan Lambert in the fourth and striking out five.
The Rougarou finally broke through in the sixth when Reed Eason led off with a single and advanced on a wild pitch. After Wilkerson walked, Phelps was pulled for relief pitcher Cole Payne. Monray Van der Walt singled to score Eason. Samuel Plash singled to reload the bases and Wilkerson would score on a wild pitch, giving the Roux a 2-0 lead.
After the Generals scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, the Rougarou rallied in the seventh to take a 4-3 lead. Derrald Moore Jr. led off with a walk, stole second and moved to third. He scored on a single by Wilkerson, who scored after Lambert singled and was caught in a jam trying to steal second.
But things took a turn in the bottom of the eighth as the Generals came through with clutch hitting and took advantage of Rougarou miscues to score three runs.
The Rougarou will take Tuesday off to return to Baton Rouge for the Celebrity Bowling Bash to be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Red Stick Social. Individual tickets are available at brrougarou.com. The team will return to action Wednesday night at 7 p.m. against the Seguin River Monsters at Pete Goldsby Field.