Week 1: 'Topes Nuke Uglies, Wonders Outlast Goats, Phillies Tie Grays
Plug Uglies 1
WP: Gary Webber
LP: Greg Elbaum
Gary Webber was commanding on the mound for the Isotopes, giving up 1 run over 6 innings and was helped by some excellent defense. The opposite was true for the Uglies: starter Greg Elbaum pitched well but took the loss, and received little support at the plate and in the field. Precision Isotope hitting and shoddy Plug Uglies defense led to a dominant win by the defending champs. Leadoff hitter Lundy Bancroft led the Isotopes attack going 4-4 while newcomers Jonathan Zajac and Luke Cavagnac each contributed a pair of hits.
Game photos courtesy of Stu Clark
Fainting Goats 4
WP: Rick Stacy
LP: Pres Pieraccini
SV: Chris Ciepela
Rick Stacy made his Wonders debut on the mound a successful one by scattering two hits, 2 walks ,one hit batter and 3 strike outs over 5 innings. Chris Ciepela earned the save allowing zero hits with 3 k's over the last two in the dim lite skies over Herlihy Field. Eddie Esposito and Pres Pieraccini did not allow a Wonders hit through 3 innings before the wheels fell off in the fourth. Wonders shortstop Tod Garfield was an offensive star going 2 for 2 with two doubles and a walk in the opener, while scoring two runs and driving one in. Goats hitter Tony Maspo was awarded 1st base on a catcher's interference call in the first inning, when his swing struck the mitt of Wonders' catcher, Scott Taylor.
Game photos courtesy of Patrick Johnson
Dorian Grays 3
A well pitched game, with not much offense or defense to speak of, the Phillies and Grays played to a 3-3 tie after 7 innings. The Phillies struck first, taking a 1-0 lead on an unearned run off of Andy Klepacki's RBI single in the 4th. The Grays battled back in the bottom of the frame, however, scoring 2 runs to regain the lead. Three costly Grays errors returned the lead to the Phillies in the 5th. Jon Ross came in to pitch the 6th and quickly retired the first 2 hitters, but a walk, two wild pitches and an E4 resulted in a tie game. Neither team could muster a run in the 7th and the game ended in a 3-3 tie, to be continued at a later date. Chris Bernacki went the distance for the Grays and Ken Sloat tossed 5 strong innings for the Phillies.