The Macon Bacon started a four game set on the right foot Wednesday against Florence, with good pitching and powerful bats. The game was a breezy 6-1 win for the first place Macon Bacon.
Cory Bartholomew was the starter for Macon, making only his second start of the second half. Florence waited out Bartholomew to mixed results, striking out six times over the first two innings, but drawing three walks over the same span. Florence’s length at bats shortened the night for Bartholomew. He only went four innings, but he got the win, his third of the year.
Bartholomew and three other relievers were fantastic, allowing only one run in the ninth to the RedWolves. The RedWolves had won four of their last five games before Wednesday’s loss.
Offensively, there was one major bright spot. Cory Bivins struck for two home runs in back-to-back plate appearances. His first came in the fifth off of Florence starter Zach Stephenson. Danny Harris had just hit Nathan Schreckengost home when Bivins hit a 2-2 pitch over the fence and extended a 3-0 lead to 5-0.
Bivins’ second blast came off of Connor Holden in the eighth. The second pitch of Holden’s night was deposited over the wall after a lengthy orbit. The solo home run tied Bivins with Calvin Estrada for the team lead in HR with five.
Macon plays a double-header in Florence on Thursday. The series concludes at Luther Williams on Friday. Tomorrow’s two begin at 6pm on CPLBaseball.tv.