Chris Cody Goes the Distance in Leading Stockade to 6-1 Victory
Monday night, Chris Cody made his third start since joining the Salina Stockade and he provided a much needed outing for the team’s beleaguered bullpen. Cody went the distance, the first complete game in team history, and three players knocked in two-runs apiece in the 6-1 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders.
Cody was opposed by Dylan Mouzakes, and for five innings this was an incredible affair. Cody allowed a single to Mitch Glasser in the bottom of the first and a two-out single to Axel Johnson in the second, then retired the next 16-batters he faced. The Salina pitcher was simply dominant using all his pitches to control the Railroaders lineup.
Mouzakes looked brilliant early on as well. He allowed two runners to reach in the second, but got a double-play to end the threat. That started a run of seven straight the Cleburne starter retired, ending in the top of the fifth when Cody Coffman began the frame with a base hit.
The game was scoreless until the sixth, when the Salina Stockade would take the lead. Troy Paris started the inning with a single and moved to second when Jimmy Heck reached on an error. Daniel Aldrich reached on an error to load the bases and there was still no one out. Jordan Caillouet followed by drilling a double into left that scored two runs and the Stockade had the lead. A different Cody, this time Cody Coffman, followed by singling up the middle, to score both Aldrich and Caillouet and the lead was four. After a double by Jesse Baker moved Coffman to third, Roche Woodard singled to score both runners, and just like that the Salina Stockade had the 6-0 lead.
That was plenty enough run support on this night for Chris Cody (1-2). The left-hander was absolutely brilliant. After giving up a hit in the second, he did not allow another one until the eighth, and by that time the Railroaders were all but out of it.
It was in the eighth that Cleburne would finally get on the board. Fernelys Sanchez singled to start the inning and Johnson followed by drawing a walk. A ground out moved both runners up and Sanchez scored on another ground out to make it 6-1.
That was as close as the Railroaders would get, however. Cody tossed the first complete game in Salina Stockade history, allowing only 3-hits, a walk, and an earned run. He struck out 5.
Three players had 2-RBI apiece for Salina. Cody Coffman was 2-3 with a run and 2-RBI. Roche Woodard and Jordan Caillouet each had 2-RBI as well. Jesse Baker was 2-3 with a run scored.
These two teams will continue their four-game series tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 7:06.
By Robert Pannier