Calgary bullpen fixture Kevin Krohn notchd his 100th career save tonight, capping off a 3-2 win over the Miami Storm in a close game that saw two pitchers exit early with injuries.
Krohn now has 5 saves on the season, and edged his ERA down to 4.00 after throwing a flawless 9th inning in which he threw just five pitches, grounding two batters out and inducing a pop fly with a third.
Krohn teamed up with RHP Tyler Hodges to hold Miami hitless from the 6th inning on. Hodges was in the zone, striking out 5 batters and not allowing a walk, earning the win decision, and improving to 1-1 on the season.
Hodges had come in to start the 6th after starter Enrique Nunez called the team trainer over to the mound during the warm up pitches prior to the start of the top of the inning. Nunez was wincing after throwing a warm up pitch to catcher Carlos Barajas, and after a brief conference with the trainer, headed for the clubhouse. The team reported afterwards that Nunez was experiencing shoulder inflammation and was expected to miss 3 months.
Miami’s starter, LHP Rod Matos, exited one inning later with a sore shoulder, a seemingly less serious affliction than Nunez is suffering. Matos is expected to miss just three weeks, according to the Miami Storm team doctor.
The whole game was close battle, and the score was tied at the time the two pitchers exited. In the bottom of the 7th, the deadlock was broken when, with out out and one on, Calgary shortstop Yasuhiro Matsumoto launched a fly ball down the right field line that fell in short and fair, scoring second baseman Jay Roc from second, after he beat the throw home. Roc had doubled to the same place with a hard hit line drive just two pitches earlier.
Miami were unable to solve Hodges and Krohn, and the score remained 3-2 in the end, giving Calgary a win to open their four game series at home against the Storm.