Ricky Orta moved up to the number two spot in the rotation this weekend against #4 Georgia Tech. …
Canes Destroy #4 Georgia Tech, 20-1
After Miami's ace Cesar Carillo cruised to a 1-2-3 top of the first on just nine pitches, Georgia Tech's ace Jason Neighborgall ran into problems of epic proportions.
After hitting lead off hitter Danny Figueroa, he walked Paco Figueroa. They both advanced after a wild pitch to Ryan Braun who later walked to load the bases with none out.
After Danny Figueroa scored on a wild pitch, Jon Jay walked to load the bases again. Then Paco Figueroa scored on a pass ball followed by a Danny Valencia walk.
Neighborgall finally found control, well for one batter when he struck out Walter Diaz on a curve ball.
"I wasn't even looking to swing the bat," Diaz said. "He was wild with everyone to the point where I wasn't going to swing. I was the only guy he found the plate on."
After that it was back to the wildness.
A wild pitch plated Braun and advanced Jay and Valencia. Then Roger Tomas walked as did Brendan Katin.
And that was it for Neighborgall who came in with a 5-0 record and a 2.65 ERA. His stat line was one-third of an inning pitched, seven runs, all earned, six walks, one strikeout, three wild pitches, and a hit batter.
But reliever Brad Rulon didn't fare any better.
He walked Eddy Rodriguez scoring Valencia and keeping the bases loaded. It was back to the top of the order, and Danny Figueroa was once again hit by a pitch, the second time in the inning, scoring Tomas and keeping the bases the loaded.
After Paco Figueroa lined out to center field, Braun drilled a single to left, the first hit of the inning for the ‘Canes scoring Katin and Rodriguez for a 9-0 lead.
Braun then stole third and Jay walked again. Rulon was pulled after a third of an inning pitched.
The inning finally ended when Tech's third pitcher of the game John Michael Vidic got Danny Valencia on a grounder to short.
And with that, the ‘Canes led 9-0 with only one base hit while drawing seven walks, three wild pitches and one passed ball.
With Carillo on the mound, two or three runs would have been enough, but nine was more than enough as he cruised to seven innings, giving up one run on six hits, with two walks and six strikeouts, improving to 6-0 on the season.
The series picks up tomorrow at 1 pm when Georgia Tech hopes to find a pitcher than can keep the ‘Canes off the base paths.
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