Health was not an issue for Chris Fetter, who was making his first start since July, instead, he said that the short start was preplanned by the San Diego Padres organization, which limited Fetter because he will be assigned to Fort Wayne after Thursday night.
“It’s a little frustrating,” said Fetter of his limited start. “You want to go out there and keep putting up zeroes for your team, but it’s not my call it’s the people upstairs.”
In 14 games, six starts and 40.2 innings of work, Fetter has allowed just six earned runs and 24 hits and has not allowed a run in his last six outings.
“It will be fun to go up to Fort Wayne and try and compete for a championship up there,” Fetter said.
The Canadians, who were kept off balance by Fetter, jumped all over Ibarra as soon as he came on in the third inning. Ibarra gave two runs and three hits in the third, and allowed two more runs on three hits in the fifth inning, which proved to be all the run support the Canadians needed.
Ibarra, who got the loss, lasted 2 2/3 innings, giving up a total of six hits, four runs and two walks, while striking out four.
Joselito Adames (5-5), who got the start and the win for the Canadians, was threatened by the Ems during the bottom of the first inning, but recovered to last 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, two walks and seven hits while striking out two. Adames limited the Ems to just one hit in each of the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth inning. Adames retired first baseman Nate Freiman to lead off the inning, but surrendered a triple to left fielder Matt Vern during the following at-bat. Catcher Jason Hagerty lined out to second base, but right fielder Ty Wright followed with a two-out RBI single to center field. With shortstop Dean Anna at the plate, Wright advanced to second on a wild pitch by Adames and Anna brought Wright home with an RBI single to left field. Adames was replaced by Bo Schultz who was able to retire second baseman Joey Railey to end the inning.
After the sixth inning, the Ems weren’t able to score, or record a single hit for the rest of the night.
Thursday night’s loss marked the second consecutive night that the Ems, who tallied seven total hits, have struggled at the plate.
“We can’t string hits together right now,” said Anna, who went 2-for-4 with one run batted in. “A couple guys get a hit and then we can’t do nothing with it, we just got to all get hot at the same time and string some hits together.”
After sweeping the Everett Aquasox in a three game away series last week, the Ems are now on the verge of being swept by the Canadians in their second to last home series.
“It’s a little deflating,” Anna said. “But we’re going to come back tomorrow and try and not get swept and see what we can do.”
“Each game is a new day,” Freiman said. “It’s too bad we lost two in a row, but we’re gonna come out and try to win tomorrow.”
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