OAKLAND – Left-handed Ken Waldichuk had a tough game on Wednesday against one of the strongest teams in baseball — save for two loud hits.
Waldichuk only allowed three hits over 5 runs, but two of them were at home, as Team A couldn’t slow the Atlanta Braves in a 7-3 loss to the world champion before a home crowd of 5,332 at the Colosseum.
Waldichuk, the St. Mary’s College graduate who started his first steps in Auckland, gave up a two-round Homer to Von Grissom in the fifth and Homer solo to Dansby Swanson in the sixth. Both came in four-stud quickballs, Waldchuk’s favorite court on Wednesday, but he also mixed in changes and skaters 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 today was a sign that he was the best positioned for him, and that change would become a real move.”
Kotsai was asked earlier on Wednesday if there was a jug that could compare to the strong throw of Waldichuk. Robbie Ray mentioned, a Cy Young Award winner 2021 American League who overcame some Fastball site issues early in his professional career to become one of the best players in the game.
“That’s a noble name to get rid of, but I think there are some similarities,” Kotsai said of the Seattle Mariners champion.
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 wasn’t as nervous early Wednesday as he had been last week, and was happy with how the fastball was located, even on Homer Swanson who traveled 397 feet over the left field wall.
“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 down 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 by one-and-a-half in seventh and ceded singles to second Michael Harris and Marcel Ozuna before former Athletic Robbie Grossman advanced a pair of RBI to the right to give the Braves a 6-2 lead.
In all, Bulls A allowed seven strokes and four runs in 3 and 2/3 runs.
“Unfortunately, we knew Robbie was better on the left throw and he was very successful,” said Kotsai. “And the inning kind is open there.”
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: Tony Kemp rested first class 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.