Missed opportunities haunted the OC Bucs as they fell 2-0 to the Senators in Wednesday afternoon’s contest to the Inland Empire Senators.
The Bucs were a combined 0-7 with runners in scoring position and hit into three double plays.
Meanwhile the pitching staff combined to give up just two runs on four hits while striking out eight.
The Senators struck first, scoring an earned run in the very first inning.
After a double play ball halted the Bucs rally in the bottom of the inning, the Senators tacked on another run in the second to push their lead to 2-0.
The Bucs had plenty of opportunities to get on the board. In the fifth inning, the Bucs had men on second and third with nobody out, but were unable to score.
Later in the bottom of the sixth the Bucs loaded the bases with just one out. However, an inning double play put the brakes on a potential rally.
The Bucs would have their final nine batters retired in order and that would be that.
Despite the offensive struggles the Bucs pitching staff turned in a strong outing in the losing effort.
Four relief pitchers combined to give up just one hit over the final seven innings and retire the last eleven Senators in order.
The loss drops the Bucs to 5-5 on the season while the Senators improve to 5-10.
The Buccaneers will be back at it again on Thursday as they host the Long Beach Legends at Cal Poly Pomona at 1 p.m.
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