The Alaska Goldpanners couldn’t recover after allowing five runs in the fourth inning of Thursday night’s 6-3 loss to the Seattle Studs due to a solid pitching effort from Studs starter Mitch Viydo.
Viydo threw nine strikeouts through five innings and retired his last 10 batters in order. Mack Larson and Anthony Brady pitched the remaining innings for the Studs (10-4) allowing only one run.
Connor Konishi and Cole Carder, two of the Goldpanners (8-4) biggest offensive weapons this season, both ended the night 0-for-4 at the plate with a walk, a testament to the Studs pitching staff. Including Viydo, the Studs returned seven pitchers from last season’s roster, which won the 2018 NBC Baseball Best Team Pitching Award.
“I thought we came out aggressive and swung the bat,” said head coach Miles Kizer. “We just struggled to get our timing.”
The bleeding started in the fourth inning with a double to center right field by Kyle Boe. One out later, Tony Henrichson put down a perfect bunt, which was bobbled by the Panners infield, allowing Henrichson to reach second and Boe to score, tying the game 2-2.
Five consecutive singles and a walk added four more runs to the board before Panners reliever Derek Alumbaugh threw two strikeouts to end the inning with the Studs up 6-2.
Aaron Kim ran home on a sacrifice fly by Grant DeLappe in the bottom of the eighth, ending the game 6-3.
The four-game series with the Studs continues with the annual Midnight Sun Game at 10 p.m. today. The game is played without artificial lights.
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