The Numbers: 11 Wins for McSwain, 27 Saves for Rodriguez, 13 Homers for Alvarez, 51 Steals for De Los Santos

Lots of action on Saturday in the Pirates’ minor league organization, including two afternoon games:

Williamsport Crosscutters 7, �State College Spikes 4
Each team posted 10 hits, including 3 by DH Aaron Baker, but the Spikes came up short. �The Crosscutters jumped onto the scoreboard with 3 runs in the 1st inning, off starter Mike Felix, who was back to work after being suspended. �Felix began the game with back-to-back walks, then gave up a run with an RBI single. �A sacrifice fly an another RBI single brought in two more runs. �Felix scattered two hits over the next three innings, and gave up another run in the 4th on a fielding error, a stolen base, and a single.
The Spikes had a 3-run inning in the 5th. �With two outs, CF Evan Chambers singled and went to second on a wild pitch. �Aaron Baker doubled, scoring Chambers, and 1B Deybis Benitez brought in Baker with an RBI single. �3B Pat Irvine’s single scored Benitez, and the Spikes were within one run, 4-3. �
Ricardo Paulino took over for Felix for the 5th inning. �Each team scored a run in the 6th. The Crosscutters unearned run came on a single, a passed ball, a sacrifice bunt, and an RBI single. �The Spikes answered with back-to-back singles by 2B Elevys Gonzalez and C Miguel Mendez. �Gonzales went to third on Mendez’s single, and he scored when LF Butch Biela bounced into a double play. �
Williamsport scored twice more, once in the 7th on a throwing error and a triple, and again in the 8th, on a single and a triple. �Paulino was responsible for both of those runs (one earned). Teddy Fallon pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 8th. �
GCL Blue Jays 2, GCL Bradention Pirates 1

The pitchers dueled in this early game, but it was the Jays’ pitchers who came out on top. �Each team was held to 6 hits, and 3B Walker Gourley led the Pirates with two of them, a single and a double. �The only run that the Pirates scored was unearned. �SS Benjamin Gonzalez began the 4th inning by reaching base on a throwing error. �1B Jairo Marquez grounded into a force out, with Gonzalez out at second and Marquez replacing him at first base. �Gourley lined a single into left field, moving Marquez to second base, and LF Rogelios Noris lined another single into left, allowing Marquez to score. �Two strikeouts ended the inning, and that was all the scoring the Pirates would do. �Gourley doubled in the 6th inning and moved to third base on a wild pitch, but could not make it home. �The only other time the Pirates had two runners on base was in the 3rd inning when C Jesus Aguilera and RF Gemmy Gonzalez hit back-to-back singles. �A grounder force out and a double play ended the inning without a run scoring. �
Brent Klinger pitched 3 innings to start for the Pirates. �He gave up a run in the 2nd inning, on two singles and two ground outs, and he also walked 2 batters in the 3rd inning. �Rinku Singh pitched the next 2 scoreless innings. �Singh gave up a walk in the 4th inning but eliminated that runner with a double play. �Then he hit a batter with a pitch in the 5th inning, and erased that runner with another double play. �Melkin Laureano took over for the 6th inning, and that was when the Blue Jays broke the 1-1 tie, with a single and a triple. �Laureano was charged with the loss. �He pitched 2 innings and got all but one of his outs by the strikeout — struck out the side in the 7th. �Diomedes Garcia pitched a scoreless 8th inning to finish the game for the Pirates. �
In the evening:
Game 1�
Lynchburg Hillcats 2, �Winston-Salem Dash 1

The Hillcats took Game One when they broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the top of the 7th. �The Dash had scored first, in the bottom of the 1st inning. �Starter Rudy Owens gave up a double, a sacrifice bunt, and an RBI single to bring in the run. �
The Hillcats missed a scoring opportunity in the 1st inning. �SS Chase d’Arnaud singled but was caught stealing. �Then CF Alex Presley and RF Jamie Romak each reached base safely on fielding errors. �Presley tried to come around from first base to score when Romak’s ball went past the first baseman and into right field, but he was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. �The ‘Cats did score when�1B Matt Hague led off the 2nd inning with a solo home run, tying the game at 1-1. �

Rudy Owens retired the side in the 2nd inning, then was relieved by�Matt McSwain�to begin the 3rd. �McSwain pitched 4 scoreless innings, allowing only 2 hits. �
The Hillcats continued to threaten in each of the next three innings, with two base runners on in each of the 3rd and the 4th. �In the 5th inning, singles by d’Arnaud, Presley, and Romak loaded the bases, but a line out and a ground out ended the inning. �Finally, in the top of the 7th, d’Arnaud led off with a double for his 4th hit of the game. �Presley bunted him to third base, and 3B Jordy Mercer’s sacrifice fly brought d’Arnaud with the go-ahead run. �

RJ Rodriguez pitched a scoreless 7th inning to preserve the win. �McSwain earned his 11th win of the season, which puts him in a tie for the league lead, and Rodriguez earned his league-leading 27th save.
Game 2
Dash 9, Hillcats 7
A 6-run 3rd inning gave the Dash the boost they needed to salvage a split of the doubleheader, despite three home runs by the Hillcats. �The Dash scored one run in the bottom of the 1st, with a single, a walk, a grounder, and an error by 2B Chase d’Arnaud. �C Eric Fryer gave the Hillcats a 3-1 lead in the 2nd inning with a 3-run homer, following RF Jamie Romak’s homer and Matt Hague being hit by a pitch. �
The Dash came roaring back in the third inning. �Lynchburg starter Bryan Morris gave up a double and an RBI single (run #1). �After two strikeouts, Morris allowed another RBI single (#2) and walked the next two batters to load the bases. �A double and a fielding error by Jamie Romak cleared the bases (#3, 4, 5). �Morris walked one more batter, then he was relieved by Chris Cullen. �The first batter Cullen faced reached on 3B Josh Harrison’s throwing error, and run #6 came in before Cullen could get the third out. �Cullen gave up another run on a homer in the 4th inning. �Tom Boleska pitched the last 2 innings. �He gave up a run in the 5th, on a single, an infield single that hit Boleska and ricocheted back toward the plate (Boleska was ok and stayed in the game), and an RBI ground out. �
The Hillcats added 4 more runs in the 5th inning on two 2-run homers. �Eric Fryer walked, and Chase d’Arnaud blasted his 4th home run with the Hillcats to bring in Fryer. �Josh Harrison was hit by a pitch, and SS Jordy Mercer hit his 9th homer of the season, bringing in Harrison. �CF Jose De Los Santos singled in the 6th inning, and stole his 51st base of the season (second in the league — Derrick Robinson of Wilmington has stolen 68 bases).
The Hillcats are the Carolina League Northern Division champs from the first-half of the season, so they will be in the playoffs. �They will be the home team for the first two games of the best-of-five Division round and the 5th game, if necessary. �The second-half race is still hotly contested, though the Hillcats are in last (4th) place in the Northern Division now. �If the Hillcats advance to the Championship round, they will again be the home team for the first two games of that best-of-five series. �
Altoona Curve 6, �Erie Sea Wolves 3
DH Pedro Alvarez led the Curve with 2 hits, including a 2-run homer, and Kyle Bloom earned his 6th win tonight. �The Curve got busy in the top of the 1st inning. �With one out, 3B Ray Chang walked and Alvarez singled. �1B Jason Delaney brought in Chang with an RBI double. �SS Brian Friday brought Alvarez in from third base with a sacrifice fly. �When the Erie shortstop made a fielding error on RF Miles Durham’s grounder, Delaney was able to score too, and the Curve had a 3-0 lead.
The Sea Wolves got one run back in the bottom of the frame, with a double, a sacrifice bunt, and an RBI single. �Kyle Bloom retired the next 10 batters, then allowed a lone single in the 4th inning. �He gave up another run in the 5th inning on a double, a single, and a sacrifice fly. Bloom exited after 7 innings, his longest outing of the season. �He allowed 6 hits and one walk, with 5 strikeouts. �
The Curve added some insurance in the 5th with Alvarez’s 2-run homer, bringing in CF Gorkys Hernandez, who had singled. �Miles Durham also homered, a solo shot in the 6th inning.
Donnie Veal pitched a scoreless 8th inning, working around his own throwing error and a walk. �Scott Nestor had some trouble in the 9th inning. �He gave up a lead-off single, then threw two wild pitches and walked the next batter. �A grounder force out allowed a run to score. �He walked one more batter, before ending the inning and the game. �
Hickory Crawdads 9, �West Virginia Power 5

The Crawdad came from behind with a 5-run 6th inning to give Duke Welker his 11th loss of the season. �2B Danny Bomback led the Power with a double and a single, and RF Starling Marte homered, but it wasn’t enough.
The Power had the early lead, as they scored in four of the first 5 innings. �In the 1st, with two outs, C Tony Sanchez walked and went to second on DH Calvin Anderson’s single. �LF�
Quincy Latimore was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and 1B Kyle Morgan walked to force in Sanchez. �A single by Morgan and Danny Bomback’s double brought in a second run in the 3rd inning. �Starling Marte homered to give the Power a 3-0 lead in the 4th inning. �In the 5th inning, the Power scored 2 more runs. �Morgan was hit by a pitch to open the inning, and 3B Bobby Spain singled into right field. �Both moved into scoring position on the throw in from the outfield. �Bomback’s ground out brought Morgan home. �SS Adenson Chourio’s single plate
d Spain with the Power’s 5th run. �Unfortunately that was all the scoring, and even all the hitting the Power would do. �They went down in order over the next 4 innings, including 9 strikeouts (9 of 12 outs), and all three batters struck out in the 6th.
Quinton Miller pitched 5 innings and gave up 3 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits. �In the 3rd inning, a hit batter, a single, a missed catch error by Bobby Spain, and a passed ball brought in one unearned run. �In the 5th inning, Spain’s fielding error, along with a single, a walk, a sacrifice fly, and an RBI grounder gave the Crawdads two more runs.�
Duke Welker took the mound in relief for the 6th inning, and he got into trouble quickly. �A walk and a 2-run homer brought in two runs to tie the score. �Then two singles, a wild pitch on strike three, and a bases-clearing triple gave the Crawdads an 8-5 lead. �Noah Krol pitched a scoreless 7th inning, including 2 strikeouts. �Ryan Kelly pitched the last two innings. �He gave up a single and a double, but the lead runner was caught in a run-down between third base and the plate, and was tagged out. �Kelly gave up a solo homer in the 9th, then another single and double combination. �Once again, a throw in from CF Robbie Grossman was on-target and the lead runner was out at the plate. �

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/28/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: The Pirates signed four prep pitchers to above slot deals. The only player to make his debut so far has been Trent Stevenson. Stevenson has gradually increased his workload in his first five outings, starting with one inning pitched in the first, two in the second, three innings in the third outing, four in his fourth outing, and five innings tonight. The process seems like a good way to ease the prep...

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Mud Hens Take a See-Saw Game From Indians


Toledo Mud Hens 7,
�� � �Indianapolis Indians 6

The Indians and the Mud Hens battled back and forth as the rain came and went, but in the end, it was the Mud Hens who came out on top tonight at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio. � The teams combined for 22 hits, with the Indians posting 13 of them. �CF Jeff Salazar (photo) and SS Argenis Diaz had 3 hits and 2 RBI each, and DH Brian Myrow and 3B Neil Walker both continued their hot hitting with 2 hits apiece. �
The lead changed hands 4 times during the game. �Jeff Salazar opened the game by taking Toledo starter Jeff Bonine’s first pitch on a line into right field. �He advanced to second base on 2B Pedro Lopez’s ground ball, but had to hold there when RF Jose Tabata bounced back to the mound. �Brian Myrow, who is hitting over .500 against the Mud Hens, slipped a single into left field, and Salazar raced home with the first run of the game. �


The Mud Hens returned fire in the bottom of the inning. �Tribe starter Eric Hacker (photo),who often struggles in the early innings, did just that tonight, as the first four batters he faced reached base safely. �3B Will Rhymes singled through the hole into left field, as did 2B Scott Sizemore. �Former Indy Indian (2007) Don Kelly was walked to load the bases. �1B Mike Hessman lifted a fly ball into short center field. �Jeff Salazar came charging in, but was not quite able to get there in time. �Instead he trapped it, and all the base runners were safe, with a run scoring to tie the game. �Then Hacker settled down and struck out both SS Brent Dlugach and RF Brent Clevlen (on three pitches), and then ended the inning by getting LF Wilkin Ramirez to ground out. �
Argenis Diaz gave the Tribe a run in the top of the 3rd to take the lead again. �He singled into right field to open the inning, and promptly stole second base — his first stolen base since �joining the Indians. �Jeff Salazar dropped a single into short center field, just out of CF Don Kelly’s reach, and Diaz was able to come around and score from second base, ahead of Kelly’s throw that came in a bit in front of the plate. �A double play erased Salazar, and a strikeout to Jose Tabata ended that inning. �
Eric Hacker held his own in the 2nd and 3rd innings, allowing only a double to Will Rhymes and a walk to Mike Hessman. �Then the Mud Hens took the lead back in the 4th. �Wilkin Ramirez grounded up the middle, deflected by Hacker and into center field, and then Ramirez stole second base. �A walk to C Dusty Ryan put two runners on. �DH Max Leon tapped a bunt back to Hacker, who whirled and threw to third base, but his throw was short and bounced in front of�Neil Walker and away from him, and Ramirez scrambled home to tie the score. �Will Rhymes walked next, but ball four was a wild pitch, and that let Ryan score, to give the Mud Hens a 3-0 lead. �Rhymes stole second base as 2B Scott Sizemore struck out, and Hacker intentionally walked Don Kelly to load the bases. �That was the end of Hacker’s night, and he left the game having thrown 88 pitches (47 strikes), with 5 hits and 5 walks, and 6 strikeouts. �


Jeff Sues (photo) took over for Hacker, with the bases loaded, one out, and the dangerous Mike Hessman at the plate. �Sues cooly got Hessman to pop up to the right side of the infield, where 1B Larry Broadway took it on the infield fly rule. �Then Sues struck out the equally dangerous SS Brent Dlugach looking to get out of the jam without allowing an inherited run to score. �
The Tribe got busy in the 5th and 6th innings. �With one out in the top of the 5th, C Robinzon Diaz singled up the middle, and Argenis Diaz doubled into left field, scoring Robinzon Diaz from first base. �Jeff Salazar slipped a single just past 2B Scott Sizemore and into center field, and Argenis Diaz also came around to score. �The Indians had the lead again, 4-3. �
They made it 6-3 in the 6th, when Brian Myrow led off with a single, and LF Tagg Bozied walked. �Neil Walker dropped down a bunt, with Hens’ 3B Will Rhymes charging in. �Rhymes slid to make the catch, but with the grass wet from the steady rain, he slid more than he’d expected to. �He made the throw to first from a seated position, but the throw was to the infield side of the bag, and Walker was safe at first. �Myrow rounded third and scored, Bozied went to third, and Walker advanced to second base on the throwing error. �After two outs, Argenis Diaz rapped the ball back to the mound, where it ricocheted off pitcher Eddie Bonine’s legs and headed over to shorstop. �That allowed Bozied to score, and it chased Bonine to the showers. �The Indians had a little insurance, 6-3.
Not for long. �Jeff Sues had kept the Mud Hens from scoring, despite two walks and a wild pitch, in the 5th inning. �In the bottom of the 6th, Toledo took advantage of more walks and an error, scoring 3 runs to tie the score. �Will Rhymes led off with a walk, and quickly stole second base. �He scored on Scott Sizemore’s single into center field. �Don Kelly walked for the third time in the game. �That brought manager Frank Kremblas out to the mound for a pitching change — style="font-weight:bold;">Jon Meloan took over
for Sues, facing Mike Hessman. �Hessman popped up into foul territory near the Mud Hens’ dugout and Robinzon Diaz gave chase, but the ball glanced off his glove, and Diaz was charged with an error. �With new life, Hessman doubled down the left field line and into the corner, scoring Sizemore. �A sacrifice fly by Brent Dlugach brought in Kelly, and the score was tied at 6-6. �
The Tribe came close to taking the lead again in the 7th inning. �With two outs, Brian Myrow walked, and Tagg Bozied followed with a double into right field, over the head of Brent Clevlen and off the wall. �Myrow was running hard all the way from first base, but an alert throw in from Clevlen, and an on-target relay from the cut-off man Sizemore got the ball to C Dusty Ryan in time, and all he had to do was reach across and swipe Myrow, tagging him out at the plate. �


Jean Machi came on to pitch the bottom of the 7th inning for the Tribe. �Dusty Ryan greeted Machi with a triple that sailed way over Jeff Salazar’s head and rolled all the way to the center field wall before Salazar could track it down. �Maxwell Leon walked, and Will Rhymes brought Ryan in with a sacrifice fly. �The inning ended on a strike out/throw out double play, with Scott Sizemore providing the strikeout part, and Leon thrown out trying to steal second base. But the Mud Hens had taken a 7-6 lead.
Both teams threatened with doubles in the 8th inning. �Neil Walker (photo) started the inning with a double off the right field wall, missing a home run by just a few feet. �He tried to steal third base, but was called out, despite video that made it look like Walker’s foot had slid onto the bag before the tag was applied to his leg. �Robinzon Diaz singled, but was left on base when Argenis Diaz struck out. �In the Mud Hens’ half of the frame, Mike Hessman doubled into the left field corner with one out, but Jean Machi struck out the Brents (Dlugach and Clevlen) for the second time in the game to end the inning. �
The top of the 9th brought the Tribe’s last chance. �Jeff Salazar went down swinging, and Pedro Lopez and Jose Tabata both flied out to end the game. �
The loss dropped the Indians to one game below .500 again, and ended their 4-game winning streak. �They have not won 5 games in a row this season. �Jean Machi, who gave up the run in the 7th, was tagged with the loss (his first with the Indians), and Jon Meloan was charged with a Blown Save. �The Tribe pitchers combined for 10 walks


Indians’ Hitting Gem of the Game: �Argenis Diaz’s (photo) three hits, a double and two singles. �His double in the 5th inning brought in a tying run, and a single in the 6th brought in the Indians’ 6th run. �He also singled in the 3rd inning and came around to score. �
Indians’ Defensive Gem of the Game: �The strike-em-out/throw-em-out double play to end the 7th inning. �Robinzon Diaz caught strike three on Scott Sizemore, then fired down to second base for Pedro Lopez to tag out Maxwell Leon as he slid into the bag.
Getting the scoop:
During last night’s game, manager Frank Kremblas received a message from the Pirates asking him to limit Virgil Vasquez to 45-50 pitches in his start. �That’s why Vasquez was lifted early from the game, which worked out ok since he was not having his best outing anyway. �No further word from the Pirates, but Vasquez might be needed this weekend.�
Go Tribe!
[Photo by Nancy Zinni — MVN]

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Bucs Can't Overcome Duke's Off Night

There haven’t been too many games like this for Zach Duke in 2009. Thank goodness. Duke gave up seven runs in three innings and Milwaukee held on for the win. The Beer Maker scored five times in the first. Prince Fielder crushed a three run homer to start things off. Rookie Jason Bourgeois hit a solo homer in the second and Ryan Braun added a solo jack in the fourth off of Chris Bootcheck. Braun’s homer would be...

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Nestor’s 10th Save; Pribanic Has a Strong Start;

Friday’s action in the Pirates’ minor league organization:

The Lynchburg Hillcats and the Winston-Salem Dash were postponed. �They will try for two on Saturday night.
In the afternoon:
GCL Tigers 3, �GCL Bradenton Pirates 0

The Pirates had at least one base runner on in all but the first two innings, but could not get any of them around to score. �They had two runners on in the 3rd, when RF Melvin De La Cruz �singled and 2B Gift Ngoepe walked. �De La Cruz reached base again in the 5th inning on a throwing error, and he advanced to third base when Ngoepe singled. �When the Tigers made a pickoff attempt on Ngoepe, De La Cruz was caught trying to steal home. �In the 6th inning, the Pirates had back-to-back singles from 1B Gerlis Rodriguez and�DH Jairo Marquez,�and a wild pitch moved them up to second and third bases, but a strikeout ended the inning with both still on the bases. �
The Pirates’ pitchers allowed a total of 12 hits. �Starter Trent Stevenson pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, with 3 strikeouts. �One run scored in the 4th inning on a double and an RBI single. �A solo homer added another run in the 5th inning. �Eliecer Navarro pitched the next two innings, and he also allowed a run, on three singles in the 6th inning. �Andres Santos pitched the last inning, and gave up only one hit.
And in the evening:
Altoona Curve 9, �Erie SeaWolves 6

SS Brian Friday and RF Jonel Pacheco had 3 hits each, and Friday contributed 3 RBI as the Curve posted a total of 13 hits and scattered their runs throughout the game. �The Curve took the early lead with one run in the 1st inning on 3B Pedro Alvarez’s double and singles by Jonel Pacheco and DH Jason Delaney. �They added three more runs in the 2nd inning. �2B Shelby Ford led off with a single into left field. �LF Jeff Corsaletti walked, and Brian Friday doubled in Ford, while Corsaletti moved to third base. �CF Gorkys Hernandez singled to short, but a throwing error by the Erie shortstop let both Corsaletti and Friday score. �
Starter Mike Crotta faced the minimum number of batters over the first 3 innings, allowing one walk, though that batter was thrown out trying to steal second. �He got into trouble in the bottom of the 4th, giving up a walk, an RBI double, and an RBI single. �Michael Dubee relieved Crotta. �He first threw a wild pitch, then had a batter reach on a fielding error, as an unearned run scored (charged to Crotta). �An RBI double brought in the 4th run of the inning, also unearned, and the score was tied. �Dubee gave up two more runs in the 5th, on back-to-back solo home runs.
The Curve kept scoring, though. �Jonel Pacheco was hit by a pitch to lead off the 5th inning, and he worked his way around the diamond on a single by Jason Delaney, a ground out by Shelby Ford, and walks to C Steve Lerud and Jeff Corsaletti. �They went into the top of the 6th behind by one run, 6-5. �That inning began with a walk to Gorkys Hernandez and singles by Pedro Alvarez and Jonel Pacheco to load the bases. �Jason Delaney was walked, forcing in Hernandez to tie the score. �1B Miles Durham grounded to third, resulting in a force out of Alvarez at the plate, but Shelby Ford lined a single into center, bringing in Pacheco, and the Curve had the lead. �
Two insurance runs scored in the 8th inning. �Miles Durham walked and stole second base. �Shelby Ford and Jeff Corsaletti also walked, loading the bases for Brian Friday. �Friday singled into left field, bringing in Durham and Ford to give the Curve a 9-6 lead. �
Derek Hankins pitched 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks, with 4 strikeouts. �Hankins gave up a triple to lead off the 7th inning, then retired the next 3 batters, leaving the runner still on third base. �In the 9th inning, Hankins got two line outs, both to Pedro Alvarez at third base, then gave up a walk. �Scott Nestor earned his 10th save by relieving Hankins and striking out the final batter of the game. �Michael Dubee earned his third win. �
West Virginia Power 6, �Bowling Green Hot Rods 2

1B Kyle Morgan and SS Adenson Chourio led the Power with 2 hits each, and Morgan’s 2-run homer put the Power ahead to stay. �
After getting only one runner on base in the first 3 innings (Chourio’s first single), the Power broke out in the 4th. �DH Robbie Grossman walked, C Tony Sanchez tripled to bring in Grossman, and Morgan blasted his 8th home run to give the Power a 3-run lead. �They added another run in the 6th inning when Grossman walked and stole second base (his 33rd of the season). �He scored on Morgan’s RBI double. �
Aaron Pribanic pitched 6 innings in his start, and allowed one run on 5 hits and a walk. �The run came in the 4th inning, on a single, a walk, two stolen bases, and an RBI single. �Pribanic earned his 3rd win. �Gabriel Alvarado pitched the final 3 innings, and he also allowed one run, which came in the 9th, on a double, a single, and an RBI ground out. �
e Power picked up two more insurance runs in
the 9th, when LF Quincy Latimore singled and 3B Bobby Spain brought him in with an RBI double. �
State College Spikes 5, �Williamsport Crosscutters 2

Pitchers ruled for the first 5.5 innings of this game, which was delayed for more than 90 minutes due to rain. �The Spikes put two base runners on in the bottom of the 1st, when SS Brock Holt walked and 1B Aaron Baker singled, moving Brock to third base. �A double play ended the inning without a run scoring. �The next 13 Spikes’ batters went down in order, until the 6th inning. �LF Kyle Saukko singled with one out, and advanced to second base on a throwing error. �He scored on Holt’s RBI single. �CF Evan Chambers grounded to second, where Holt was out on the force, and Chambers was safe at first. �Aaron Baker tripled, scoring Chambers, and the Spikes had a 2-0 lead. �
Kyle McPherson gave up only one single over the first 3 innings of his start. �He gave up another single and a walk in the 4th inning, and a single in the 5th, but no runs in his 6 innings of work. �Mike Williams relieved McPherson, and he retired the side in order in the 7th. �The Crosscutters scored 2 runs in the 8th, on a double and a single, a throwing error, and a grounder for a double play, which also brought in a run. �That tied the score at 2-2.
The Spikes came back in the bottom of the 8th, to take the lead and the win. �C Craig Parry led off with a single, and Kyle Saukko sacrifice bunted him to second base. �Brock Holt singled, moving Parry to third base. �Evan Chambers walked to load the bases. �Aaron Baker brought Parry in with a sacrifice fly, and DH Justin Byler and 3B Pat Irvine both singled, scoring Holt and Chambers, to give the Spikes the 5-2 lead. �
Mike Williams was charged with the Blown Save, but then credited with the win. �Marc Baca earned his 6th save with a scoreless 9th.

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