“It is the best he’s looked for a sustained effort,” said Head Coach George Horton of Peterson. “A lot of confidence in him, his ability to be good that long and sustain it in tough conditions is as good as it gets.”
Peterson was a handful for the Bulldogs as he struck on a career high 17 of the 29 batters he faced in eight innings. Peterson’s career high for strikeouts was 14, tying former Ducks pitcher Tyler Anderson back in 2009, before tonight’s game. With the win, Peterson is now 2-1 on the season with a 3.12 ERA.
“I don’t remember having any near there,” Peterson said, commenting on his career strikeout night. “Honestly, deep down, I had no clue it’s the first time I’ve heard about it.”
Kenyon Yovan relieved Peterson in the top of the ninth and picked up his third save of the season. Yovan had a scary moment when he had runners on second and third with two outs but was able to get out of the inning by strikeout Blaylock who went 0-4 on the day.
Kyle Kasser who went 3 of 4 was the hero of the game when he hit a solo shot to right field in the bottom of the fifth inning. It was Kasser’s first career home run in a Ducks uniform.
“It’s pretty crazy, it still doesn’t feel real,” Kasser remarked about his homer. “People celebrate when I hit home runs in BP (batting practice).”
Konnor Pilkington who pitched seven solid innings for the Bulldogs gave Oregon some trouble recording seven strikeouts and allowing the one and only earned run of the game. Pilkington gave up five hits to the Ducks while walking four in the loss. With the loss Pilkington is now 1-2 with a 2.13 ERA.
Ducks (5-3) host the Bulldogs (6-4) tomorrow in game 2-of-3 at 2 p.m. PST at PK Park.