After a four game stretch in which they scored an average of eight runs, Macon took the L on Saturday night to the Florence RedWolves, 1-5.
The game began with a pitcher’s duel that would last until late in the game. Macon starter Cory Bartholomew pitched five scoreless innings, striking out four. However, Florence newcomer Boyce Kobleur one-upped Bartholomew over his five innings, only allowing a pair of hits to leadoff batter MJ Rookard.
The bullpens followed each starter, and the paths of each staff suddenly diverged. Brett Manis took over for Florence and spun two scoreless frames. A scoreless sixth was thrown by Walker Barlow, but Brendan Tuttle ran into trouble in the seventh. He gave up a single, a walk, an RBI double to Grey Epps, then hit a batter and was replaced by Jay Causey.
Off Causey, JT Weber knocked in three runs with a bases-clearing double to right field. The Redwolves would get one more on a Kenny Piper single, before Causey struck out Jake Swartz to end the inning. Causey finished the outing with five strikeouts, raising his season total to 13 in only 5.2 innings pitched.
MJ Rookard continued his hot-hitting with a bases-loaded single in the eighth, but the Florence pitching bent without breaking, only allowing one run and finagling out of the threat.
Macon’s record is 8-6 after the loss. Florence won two straight for the first time this season and improves to 4-8 after a 2-8 start.
Macon returns to action Monday with game one of a two-game home & home series with Lexington County.
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