Varsho drives home two, catches two runners stealing in 4-2 win
By Vinnie Longo
Visalia (56-69/19-26) rebounded from a 2-1 deficit in the third by plating a pair of runs to take the lead for good. With two on and one out, Storm catcher Luis Torrens whiffed on a pitch, allowing both runners into scoring position. Varsho took advantage by grounding out to second to score Mark Karaviotis as the tying run. Drew Ellis followed by serving a single into left to plate Jasrado Chisholm and put the Rawhide on top.
Varsho added on again by singling into right with two on in the fifth to give Visalia an insurance run and a 4-2 lead.
Bain (W, 2-1) recovered after giving up a pair of runs in the second and locked down the Storm for the remainder of his start. He set down seven Lake Elsinore hitters in a row between the third and fifth innings and retired the final four batters he faced in a row. He struck out one hitter and did not issue a walk.
Varsho aided Bain’s effort by gunning down would-be base stealers to end the second and third innings and Chisholm made a great running catch on a flare to left hit by Jorge Oña in the fourth.
Jake Winston and Mason McCullough both worked around traffic on the basepaths to toss scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth respectively, then Matt Brill came on for the save in the ninth. Brill retired the first two men he faced before allowing a single to Brad Zunica and walking Nate Easley.
Then Brill (SV, 1) fed Ruddy Giron a steady diet of breaking balls and struck him out to end the ballgame. Brill is the only active player on Visalia’s roster with a save for the Rawhide this year.
Mitchell (L, 0-2) tossed four innings and surrendered three runs, two earned, on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts, all of which came in the first inning. Lawson tossed the final five innings and held the Rawhide to one run on five hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
Mitchell and Lawson combined to induce five double plays from Visalia tonight, tying their season-high mark that was set in Lake Elsinore on July 7.
Every Rawhide hitter collected a hit and Mark Karavitois paced the offense with a pair of singles. He also walked twice and scored a run. Ramon Hernandez crushed his team-best 16th home run to open scoring in the second; it was a monster blast that cleared the 425-foot marker in left center field by plenty and his second homer in as many games.
The Rawhide will look for their first second-half road series win Wednesday night, Aug. 8, turning to LHP Sebastian Kessay (0-0, -.–) in his D-backs organization debut. The Storm will counter with LHP Nick Margevicius (2-3, 6.75). First pitch is at 6 p.m. and the live radio broadcast will be available on rawhidebaseball.com.