Squirrtles make splash in opening week

The Spokane Squirrtles made a splash in their first week of play, winning seven of 10 games against Tom’s Terrific Team.

The Squirrtles were up 6-3 after Monday, but Tom’s Team pulled ahead to gain a 5-2 lead on the start of Wednesday. They led in runs (29), home runs (nine), stolen bases (three), average (2.69), strikeouts (41), ERA (3.02) and WHIP (1.24).

Manny Machado shined in the batter’s box with three home runs, four RBIs and five runs (.429 batting average). Robinson Cano (four home runs, seven RBIs and four runs) and Joc Pederson (one, five, five) were also big contributors on offense.

Brandon Finnegan led the team in strikeouts (nine) and only allowed two runs and walked one batter. Chris Bassitt, Julian Tehran (0-1) and Bartolo Colon (0-1) all had eight strikeouts each.

Right before the start of the season, the Squirrtles picked up outfielder Juan Largares after they dropped Steven Moya, who is now at the Triple A level. They also traded catcher Kyle Schwarber, who was put on the disabled list after suffering a torn ACL and LCL. They brought in Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Javier Baez has been sidelined with an injury while Kevin Gausman, who has been in rehab for a shoulder injury, is expected to make his return to the majors.

The Squirrtles (7-3), are in third place. They take on Fairbanks this week.

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