Deck McGuire was downright dominant, Josh VanMeter was clutch and Zack Weiss was money when it mattered as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos took down Jacksonville 2-0 in the opening game of their Southern League best-of-five playoff series Thursday night in Pensacola.
McGuire struck out a career-best 13 batters in eight innings of work and allowed just four hits as he kept the Jumbo Shrimp from scoring on a fall-like evening at Blue Wahoos Stadium.
Then there was Weiss, who came on in the ninth with the bases loaded and no outs. He struck out two of the three batters he faced to seal the deal on the win. It was his 10th save this year.
VanMeter, who has been clutch all season, provided the offense for the Blue Wahoos, driving in two runs as Pensacola won a series opener for the second consecutive season.
10: The win total for McGuire this year. He won nine games in the regular season and reaches the 10-win mark for the first time in his career.
2: Number of wins Pensacola has in the postseason. The Blue Wahoos are in the playoffs for the third consecutive year.
4: The number of hits VanMeter tallied in Thursday’s victory. He entered the night hitting .255 and has driven in 56 runs. Pensacola racked up seven hits in all in the win.
5: Hit total the Jumbo Shrimp was limited to against the Blue Wahoos. No one for Jacksonville had more than one hit.
0: Games that will be played in the Southern League Championship Series. Because of Hurricane Irma’s threat to Florida, the league will declare co-champions after the divisional round. Chattanooga and Montgomery are the other two teams in the playoffs. Pensacola is aiming for its first league title.