Welcome to Blue Wahoos Daily where a recap will be provided each day about the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. This will be in addition to the features that run on the team each week in the Navarre Press.
Pensacola 6, Chattanooga 1
The Blue Wahoos snapped a seven-game losing streak Monday night with a 6-1 win over the Lookouts. They also won their first game over Chattanooga in their last 10 games against the Lookouts.
Austin Ross worked six innings and allowed just one run on six hits. He struck out six as well and walked three.
Aristides Aquino drove in a run in the fifth to tie the game at 1-1 and Josh VanMeter gave Pensacola the lead for good with a two-run double in the sixth. He has 13 hits on year in situations with runners in scoring position.
Gavin LaValley’s three-run home run extended the lead to 6-1. It was his second home run at the Double-A level and his sixth hit since the call-up from High-A Daytona.
Pensacola begins a five-game series with Montgomery Wednesday at Blue Wahoos Stadium.
Chattanooga 6, Pensacola 0
The Blue Wahoos are still searching for their first win of the second half of the Southern League season after a 6-0 loss to the Lookouts Sunday. They have lost the first four games of the series and will wrap up the five-game set against Chattanooga tonight.
Pensacola managed only three hits and Domingo Tapia lost his third game of the season, giving up four runs on six hits in just three innings. He struck out three.
If there was one bright spot for the Blue Wahoos it’s that Gavin LaValley continues to impress since his promotion to Double-A last week. LaValley tallied a hit and now has five in his first four games in Pensacola. He has driven three runs.
Pensacola is already assured of a playoff berth after winning the first-half South Division title and is hoping to win a league-record fifth consecutive crown in the second half of the season.
Southern League Spotlight: Ivan Pineyro struck out 12 batters for Jackson in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Jacksonville. Pineryo retired 19 consecutive batters at one point in the game and did not issue a walk.
He is now 6-0 on the season with a 1.95 ERA. Pineyro, a righty out of the Dominican Republic, went seven innings in Sunday’s win and gave up just three hits as he helped Jackson improve to 3-1 in the second half of the season.