Lori Lyons, Rougarou Writer
The Baton Rouge Rougarou had the Victoria Generals right where it wanted them Thursday night — tied 3-3 in the top of the sixth inning. But then things unraveled.
The Generals put together six runs in the bottom of the sixth and added three runs in the seventh to pull away to a 12-3 lead. The Rougarou tried to fight back, scoring three runs in the top of the ninth, but fell short in a 12-6 loss at Riverside Stadium in Victoria, Texas.
The Rougarou knocked 11 hits off of a pair of Generals pitchers, including four for extra bases. John Taylor went 3-for-5 with a double and his first homerun of the season, which tied the game up in the sixth inning. Elliot Hebert also went 3-for-5. Brennan Lambert drove in two runs.
Luke McGibboney (0-2) got the start for the Rougarou. He threw five innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on five hits, walking three and striking out six. Antoine Harris, Cage Chaney and Hayden Oglesby each threw one inning in relief. Combined, the Rougarou arms allowed 11 hits, walked six and struck out 10.
After giving up two runs in the bottom of the first, the Rougarou tied the game in the second. Taylor’s lead off the inning with a double and scored on Landon LeBlanc’s double. Monray Van de Walt hit into a fielder’s choice, but LeBlanc was safe at third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Giovanni Licciardi.
The Generals retook the lead in the third, and remained ahead 3-2 until Taylor’s solo homerun in the top of the sixth.
Things unraveled for the Rougarou in the bottom of the inning, as the Generals scored six runs on two hits — including a 3-run homerun by Chris Kean — three errors. three walks, and a wild pitch.
The Generals added three more in the bottom of the seventh on three hits and a few more wild pitches, a passed ball and a solo homerun by Adam Becker.
A pair of walks and Derrald Moore Jr.’s double cut the lead to 12-5 then Lambert’s single scored Moore for the final Rougarou run.
The Rougarou and the Generals will meet again Friday at 7 p.m. at Riverside Stadium.