Brocato Homers Twice, Sequera Hits First of Year in Win
FLORENCE, Ky. (May 30) – The Washington Wild Things used early offense and a three-homer effort from the lineup Tuesday en route to a series-opening victory at Thomas More Stadium against Florence Tuesday night.
Anthony Brocato smashed two, two-run homers in the win, his fourth and fifth home runs of the year and upped his team-leading RBI count to 16 with the four batted in, while Abraham Sequera hit a two-run home run in the second inning, his first as a Wild Thing for his first two RBI of the season and in a Wild Things’ uniform.
The first Brocato two-run shot capped a four-run first for Washington that also saw Wagner Lagrange double home a run and Andrew Czech plate a runner with a sacrifice fly to left.
Between the tops of the first and second inning, Florence plated a run in the bottom of the first as Craig Massey scored on an RBI knock by Brennan Price, which made it 4-1. The scoring halted after the Sequera blast until the top of the sixth when Brocato hit his second two-run homer of the evening to make it 8-1.
Kobe Foster spun five scoreless frames before exiting the game with manager Tom Vaeth and athletic trainer Austin Pascarella before the sixth started. Foster struck out six and allowed one earned run on two hits with one walk. Anthony Boix relieved him and got tagged for five runs (four earned) on five hits in the seventh after tossing a scoreless sixth.
With the five-run seventh, Florence brought the game back to a two-run differential. Washington scored its final tally in the ninth when Czech was walked with the sacs full, but Florence got it back in the bottom half against Lukas Young, who ended up earning his second save by finishing the frame with no more damage. Christian James and Justin Showalter combined for 1.2 scoreless before that bottom of the ninth from the Washington pen.
The series now shifts to its middle game. Tomorrow night at 6:31, righty Jake McMahill will toe the rubber for Florence and be opposed by righty Arrison Perez for Washington. It’ll be Perez’ first Wild Things’ start.