The Bacon were back in action at Luther Williams Field Wednesday night in the first ever meeting between Head Coach Danny Higginbotham and his former team, the Martinsville Mustangs. The Bacon took the game, 5-1, behind sharp pitchers and opportunistic baserunning.
Chace Harris made his first start for the Bacon, and gave the Mustangs fits over six innings pitched. He finished six, while only allowing five baserunners, three of them on hits. He struck out eight, while allowing no walks.
The game began as a heavy duty pitcher’s duel between Harris and Mustang righty Davis Palermo, but the Bacon broke the scoreless tie in the 4th, when Palermo momentarily lost his command. He walked shortstop Jared Miller, then uncorked three wild pitches advancing Miller home to score the game’s first run.
Despite the run in the 4th, the Bacon did not get a hit until the sixth, when Miller singled off Palermo to break up the no-no. The hit chased Palermo, and Sam Kaplan took over.
The Bacon hit Kaplan hard, Calvin Estrada hit a double, advancing Miller to third. Cal Gentry then provided the game-clincher, a two-run triple into the left-center field gap, scoring Estrada and Miller.
Both teams would get one additional run late, via wild pitches by each team, but Martinsville could not complete a late comeback and lost their fourth straight.
Macon stays in town on Thursday to play the Savannah Bananas at 7pm. It’s Macon Peaches Night, and the team will be wearing classic throwbacks to the Macon Peaches era. Tickets are still available at maconbaconbaseball.com.