With teammate Ryan Patterson having the night off, Eric Nielsen occupied the sixth spot in the…
HWB: Nielsen, Patterson Lead Sharks
Facing Ching Lung Lo in his first at bat of the game, Eric Nielsen had a runner on first and no outs in the bottom of the second. With a 2-0 count, Nielsen lined a single to left field to put runners on first and second. Steve Lerud followed with a RBI single, and Patterson stepped to the plate with runners on the corners, but after getting ahead of Lo 3-1 in the count, he struck out swinging.
Nielsen saw his second plate appearance in the third inning, and with runners on the corners drew a five-pitch walk to load the bases. Lerud once again singled for an RBI, however, Nielsen tried to go to third, and was eventually thrown out in a run down.
Adam Bright began the bottom of the fourth and the first batter he saw was Patterson, who lined a 0-1 pitch to left field for a single. Patterson was picked off of first base one at bat later, as Bright caught him leaning to far, and was caught in a run-down between first and second.
Nielsen saw a new pitcher in his third at bat of the game. Kazuya Tsutsui, who Nielsen saw in the opening game of the league, entered to begin the sixth, and retired Nielsen on strikes. After taking the first pitch for a ball, Nielsen looked at three consecutive strikes, and was punched out. Later in the inning, Patterson singled to center on a 1-1 pitch.
Nielsen came to bat the next inning, and once again was looking at a new pitcher, this time, facing Alex Hinshaw. Nielsen stepped to the plate with runners on first and second, but two outs. Despite falling behind 0-2 in the count, he lifted a single to left field to score a runner.
Ryan Patterson had his final at bat of the game in the eighth inning, off Brian Anderson, and grounded out to third base.
Nielsen is 3-for-9 in three games this fall, while Patterson is batting 2-for-6 in two games.
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