Series Preview - Texas Marshals

By: Seth Pottle


 The Acadiana Cane Cutters welcome the Texas Marshals for their visit to Fabacher Field this Saturday and Sunday night.


Series 11

Texas Marshals (5-14) at Acadiana Cane Cutters (9-11)

Saturday June 22, 2013 - 7:00 PM

Sunday June 23, 2013 - 7:00 PM


At long last, the Acadiana Cane Cutters return home to Fabacher Field from a six-game road trip that had the Cutters play at an even (3-3) clip in three two-game series against Brazos Valley, the Texas Marshals, and the East Texas Pump Jacks. After dropping two close games by the league leading Brazos Valley Bombers, the Cane Cutters took both games in a double header on Wednesday from the Texas Marshals. The Cane Cutters then visited Driller Park in Kilgore, and split their two-game series with East Texas, winning the first game on Thursday, but dropping the second game of the series last night, 7-2.

As the Cane Cutters enter mid-season play, the players will look to continue making an impact in every game, and the team’s new faces are vying for their spot in the starting lineup. The Cane Cutters have many particularly strong performers both at the plate and on the rubber, as well as a few new additions that will help keep the team fresh as they start getting into the bulk of their schedule. Texas A&M catcher Mitchell Nau has been on a tear since joining the Cane Cutters in early June, nabbing 14 hits in 37 trips over 11 games, averaging over one hit per game and a .378 average at the plate. Nau went 4-for-5 during Acadiana’s double header against the Texas Marshals, scoring one run and netting an RBI on a sac fly. Chance Vincent, an Alabama utility infielder, has also been extremely productive in the Cane Cutters’ lineup since he joined, hitting .333 with one home run and 8 RBIs. Watch for him to break a game open if the Cane Cutters can put a few runners on in front of him. The pitching has exceeded expectations as well, as starters Jake Winston and Merrick Ardoin both had excellent performances against Texas earlier in the week, combining for 13 2/3 innings pitched while giving up just two earned runs on nine hits and five walks while striking out 14.

The Texas Marshals will have their work cut out for them during their first trip to Acadiana this season, as they have had a (5-14) start to their season. The team as a whole is hitting .188 on the season, though they do have a number of extra base hits, including 7 home runs. Catcher Chabrielle Pizzarro leads the team with a .295 batting average, with 2 home runs and 9 RBIs in 2013. However, he did not have much influence during Texas’ series with the Cane Cutters, going 1-for-5 during the series, striking out three times. Texas’ home run leader, Gevon Jackson (3), was hitless against the Cane Cutters in five at bats. Their pitchers have not pitched as well as they would like either, giving up 4.85 runs per nine innings. Look for the Cane Cutters to take advantage of their pitchers’ mistakes early, and for Cane Cutters pitching to shut down any their lineup and strand any runners that board the base paths.

Along with a great series and some excellent baseball weather, the Cane Cutters have some wonderful, family friendly promotions this weekend at Fabacher Field. Tonight, before the game from 6-7 pm, ALL drinks will be $1 off the park price. Most notably, the first 400 fans through the gates tonight will receive a FREE Eddy the Cane Cutter Bobble Head from Knight Oil Tools. First pitch is at 7:00 PM, gates open at 6:00. On Sunday, the second game against the Texas Marshals, the Canes will have "Slippery Sunday", where all kids are invited to partake in the Waterslide provided by Duhon’s Fun Jumps. Come out and enjoy Acadiana summer with us at Fabacher Field this weekend and watch the Cane Cutters take on the Texas Marshals for the first time this season in Lafayette.





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