Rogelio Reyes (0-4) had the game of his career with the Bells. He pitched 6.1 innings and gave up just two runs in the longest outing by a Bells starter to date. He moved his ERA down two full points to 8.42 despite earning the loss.
The game was scoreless through five innings, with the teams totaling just six hits before a home run deep over the left field fence from DJ Porter of the HarbourCats gave them a 1-0 lead. Another solo shot in the top of the seventh gave the HarbourCats a 2-0 lead.
The Bells managed to snatch one back in the bottom of the seventh. Kyle Stowers had his second single of the day before a Dean Lawson double off the top of the right-field fence gave them two runners in scoring position.
However, the Bells were only able to get one run across on a Colby Barrick fielder’s choice to cut the lead to 2-1.
Victoria broke the game open in the top of the eighth inning, scoring three runs and putting themselves ahead 5-1. Zach Grech (1-0), who had been brilliant so far this season, struggled for the first time. He gave up three runs over his 1.2 innings.
The Bells fought back, following three consecutive walks with a sacrifice fly from Ryan Mendoza to make it 5-2, but that would be the end of the threat.
Bells closer Luke Manuel (0-1) pitched the final four outs, and did not give up a run.
The Bells had a great chance to score some runs in the bottom of the sixth, as Kyle Stowers and Max Flower reached on a single and a walk to put runners on first and second with no outs. However, two strikeouts and a pop-up ended the threat.
The Bells will be back tomorrow night at 6:35 p.m. to put themselves in a position to win the series at Joe Martin Field.