OAKLAND – Left-handed Ken Waldichuk had a solid game Wednesday against one of the strongest lineups in baseball for the first start of his career at the Colosseum — save for two loud hits.
Waldichuk only allowed three hits over 5 rounds, but two of them were at home, as Team A couldn’t slow the Atlanta Braves in a 7-3 loss to the world champions ahead of an announced home rally of 5,332.
Waldichuk, a St. Mary’s College graduate, ceded a two-lap Homer to von Grissom in the fifth and Homer soloed to Dansby Swanson in the sixth. Both came in four-stud quickballs, Waldchuk’s favorite court on Wednesday, but he was also able to mix in an effective change to improve his MLB debut on September 1 in Washington.
“Fast ball can take people down, so he definitely trusts it,” Team A manager Mark Kotsai said of Dadcock. “He realized after his first start that these league hitters can hit a fast ball. It doesn’t matter how hard it is.
“So I think this day was a sign that he was better placed where he wanted to be most effective, and that change would become a real step.”
Kutsai was asked earlier on Wednesday if there was a pitcher he could compare to the Waldchuk. Robbie Ray is a Cy Young Award winner 2021 American League who overcame the position issues he had with Fastball earlier in his career to become one of the best left-handers in the game.
“This is a noble name to be discarded, but I think there are some similarities,” Kotsai said of the Seattle Mariners legend.
Against the Nationals last week, Waldichuk allowed five hits and had six hits over 4 innings. Kutsai said before the match that it would be important for Ludischuk to lead the fastball early.
Waldichuk was happy with how his fastball was located, even Swanson Homer who traveled 397 feet over left field.
“I was definitely trying to get a little bit more time from my last outing,” said Waldshuk, who came to the Colosseum several times for A matches when he was playing for Gael. “I tried to be efficient in my performances and try to go as long as possible.”
Stephen Vogt and Ramon Laureano both had RBIs in the first half when they pulled three walks and made Braves starter Spencer Strider throw 36 shots. Strider, though, settled and picked up nine hits in 103 pitches over six runs, improving to 10-4 on the season.
The Braves blew the match open with four runs at the top of the seventh. One of these operations was assigned to Fremont native Tyler Sayre, who replaced Waldichuk after Homer Swanson.
Kirby Snead replaced Cyr with a one-and-a-half lead in seventh and ceded singles to second Michael Harris and Marcel Ozuna before Robbie Grossman broke the RBI double into the right court to give the Braves a 6-2 lead.
In all, Bulls A allowed seven strokes and four runs in 3 and 2/3 runs. Sneed
Seth Brown hit 433 feet home to center field in the seventh inning, his fourth home in his last three games.
Rehab Bolt: Outfielder Sky Bolt, on the injured list since August 26 with a partial patella subluxation in his right knee, began his rehab job Wednesday night with Triple-A Las Vegas. Kotsai said Bolt is scheduled to play seven innings Wednesday and again on Thursday if he feels okay.
Bolt was originally injured on August 25 when he crashed into the field of New York Yankees, Greg Weissert, who was making his MLB debut.
Kemp out: First Class Tony Kemp rested on Wednesday with a minor lower body injury. Kotsai said Kemp felt tightness in his groin after Tuesday’s game and it’s a daily occurrence at the moment. Kemp went 1 for 3 with two rounds and went in a 10-9 A loss to the Braves on Tuesday.