By Jim Buckley
Another sterling starting pitching effort led the Foresters to a second straight win over Southern Nevada, 7-2, putting manager Bill Pintard one win away from his 900th career victory. Daniel Vasquez scattered three hits while striking out eight in six innings to earn his second win. The Foresters took advantage of 8 walks by Nevada pitching to add to their 8 hits. Evan Lee had three of those and scored twice, while Austin Todd scored three runs after reaching base each of his first three trips to the plate.
Pintard was quite pleased with his starting pitcher’s work. “Daniel was really good. He spots the ball so well, changes his location, working in and out. His pitches were all working well, and he’s working really well with [pitching coach Dylan] Axelrod, because he’s Axelrod. They both have very similar pitching styles, they’re location guys.”
Lee was happy to be able to contribute after going hitless on Friday. “I thought it was a good rebound from last night. I saw a few pitches up and did what I was supposed to do with them and helped my team win, that’s all you can ask for.”
What the Foresters fans will be asking for on Sunday against the Barons is a W for “Pinner” to reach his latest milestone. The coach said he really appreciates all the chances he has to coach.
“I just really thank my family for allowing me to do this and the Good Lord for allowing me to do this for so long. I absolutely love coaching and I love being a Forester. It will be great to have a chance to get No. 900 on this field where my son’s No. 19 will look down on us.”
Foresters fans should make their Father’s Day plans to be a part of what could be a very special afternoon indeed. First pitch is at 2 pm at Pershing Park. ‘Ster it up!