Someone might want to tell Burbank’s Andrew Hernandez that Friday the 13th is next week. Hernandez’s brilliant but bizarre outing against Glendale, April 6, had all the elements of something reserved for the infamous superstitious date.
Hernandez scattered five hits and four hit batsmen while striking out just one in a complete game 1-0 victory over the Nitros. He threw a total of just 73 pitches thanks to a solid defensive effort from Burbank at Glendale.
The Bulldogs were out hit five-to-four but they had the one big break in the fifth inning when Dylan Mersola hit a ground ball in the 5-6 hole in the fifth and reached safely to first when the first baseman could not handle the throw on what was already a bang-bang play at first.
Ricky Perez, who had singled and stolen second, scored on the play to break a scoreless tie.
Mersola singled and reached twice on errors, stealing three bases. The Bulldogs had seven steals in the contests but never managed the big hit that would have made things easier on Hernandez.
Jason Marquez took the tough loss for Glendale. Going seven innings as well, surrendering the unearned run and striking out seven.
“He was outstanding,” Burbank coach Bob Hart said. “The truth is I think they (Glendale) out played us.”
Burbank held on for the much needed win and is now 5-6 overall and more importantly 2-1 in Pacific League play.