Generals get reprieve from offensive struggles against Marshals (video)
Video: The Victoria Generals split Sunday's doubleheader
The last time the Generals won a game, they scored more runs than they would for the rest of the week combined.
That game last Saturday saw Victoria post 12 runs against the East Texas Pump Jacks on the road. Since then, they've been outscored 28-7 and lost five straight, falling two games below .500 on the season. Victoria had losing streaks this season but not like this.
Something, though, finally clicked into place Sunday.
"I couldn't tell you the last time we put up a few crooked numbers up there," said Generals coach Stephen Flora.
Victoria (24-26, 6-13) snapped out of its funk Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader against the Texas Marshals (16-33, 8-13), winning 8-1 by dumping six runs in a big fifth inning to snap its losing streak.
"We've been off a little lately," said Generals catcher Jordan Camel. "I just wanted to cushion our lead a bit because I wanted to help the team out. We needed to get on track to the way we were hitting in the first half. If I can get going and the other guys can see that, they can do the same thing."
The offense, though, struggled again in the second game as the Marshals beat the Generals 2-1.
Victoria squandered a bases loaded and no-outs situation in the bottom of the seventh inning of the second game.
Camel had two big games at the plate, going 2 for 3 with three RBIs in the first game, then picking up a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning of the second game to start a rally that almost brought the Generals back.
Two of Camel's three runs started the scoring in the team's big fifth inning of the first game. Center fielder Frank Cloutier provided another two RBIs in the same inning.
Cloutier, one of many Generals who have struggled at the plate recently, said the six runs the team picked up is hopefully a sign of things to come as Victoria heads down the home stretch of the regular season.
"It feels really good to get on track," Cloutier said. "Winning is just a good feeling. You want to make it a habit."
Generals pitcher J.P. Clifton held the Marshals at bay, allowing one run through five innings while walking one batter.
The win gives the Generals a little bit of a lift. After wrapping up a playoff spot in the first half of the season, the team has struggled to find its footing throughout July and currently sits at the bottom of the second-half standings.
Flora said he is glad to have the team clicking on all cylinders again. Success late in the season is helpful for the young players through the final few weeks of the season.
"Winning, period, builds confidence," he said. "If we're able to go in there with some confidence, we have a good shot."
Generals 8, Marshals 1 (7)
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VG 200 060 X - 8 7 1
Reid Barnett, Keaton Brewer (5) and Chabrielle Pizzarro. J.P. Clifton, Kris Looper (6) and Jordan Camel. Highlight (TM) Taylor Munden 1 for 3 RBI, Conor Castello 1 for 3 (VG) Jordan Camel 2 for 3 3 RBIs, Frank Cloutier 1 for 4 2 RBIs, Romeo Cortina 0 for 1 RBI
Marshal 2, Generals 1
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VG 000 000 1 - 1 4 1
Nick Palacios, Tyler Parmenter (7) and Chabrielle Pizzarro. Kaleb Keith, Andrew Walker, Tyler Shnuringer (6) and Aaron Morgan Highlight (TM) Taylor Munden 1 for 3 RBI, Chabrielle Pizzarro 1 for 3 RBI (VG) Jordan Camel 1 for 1 RBI