Week 11: Phillies Annihilate Plugs, Grays Dismiss Wonders, Isotopes Stomp Goats
Ken Sloat smashes a double against the Plug Uglies Wednesday night at Herlihy Park.
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WP: Colin Hosley
LP: Jeff Whitehead
On a hot and bright Wednesday night at Herlihy Field the Phillies dominated the Plug Uglies with good pitching, defense, and a relentless offensive attack in an 11-1 win over the Plugs.
The game featured Jeff Whitehead pitching for the Uglies and Colin Hosley for the Phightin' Phils. Over 7 frames the Phillies collected timely hits and turned in a solid defensive performance while the Uglies committed a season high 6 errors and were never really in the game.
The Phillies got on the board in the 2nd inning with an RBI single from Ron Totten, driving in Jack Eisenstadt. In the third inning Ugly defenders committed 3 errors behind their starter, contributing to 5 Phillies runs. Whitehead pitched well for 7 innings, but Plug Ugly fielders didn't do him any favors.
The Phillies added another run in the 6th, and wrapped up the game in the 7th with a JR Ross RBI double coupled with two more Ugly Errors ™, Phils 11, Plugs 1.
Hosley pitched a gem for the Phils, giving up just 1 run over 7 innings with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. He held batters at bay all night, and the Uglies couldn't string enough hits together to make a difference (their only run came on a HBP with the bases loaded).
The Phillies tallied 13 hits on the night, led by Paul Kaplan (2-4, R), John Dusenberry (3-4, R, RBI), Jim Fogarty (2-3, RBI), Ron Totten (2-3, 4 RBI), and Ken Sloat (2-3, 2B, R).
Game photos courtesy of Stu Clark
WP: Chris Bernacki
LP: Rick Stacy
For the second week in a row, the first-place Grays battled their second-place challengers. Rick Stacy got the start for the Wonders and Chris "Nacho" Bernacki took the ball for the Grays.
The Wonders jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first on a single by Scott Taylor, a triple by Andy Ayres, and a wild pitch, but the Grays answered in the second, plating four runs on five hits and a walk. They would go on to add two in the third, one in the fourth, and three more in the fifth to jump out to a commanding 10-2 lead.
The Wonders made some noise late, tagging the Grays bullpen for a run in the sixth and four in the seventh to climb within three.
With one out and the bases loaded, the Wonders were hungry for more, but Jay "Supe" Sadowski got two fly ball outs to end the threat and secure the Grays victory.
John "Ski" Malikowski and Chris Bernacki led the Grays offense, each going 2-2 with a walk. Andy Ayres recorded three hits for the Wonders.
WP: Gary Webber
LP: Tom Conway
The Goats and Isotopes faced off Thursday evening at School Street Park. Tom "TC" Conway made his first start for the Goats against 'Topes ace Gary Webber.
Conway pitched well, keeping his team in the game, but 'Topes ace, Gary Webber turned in another dominating performance, shutting down the Goats offense, allowing one run on 5 hits and striking out 3 over seven.
Michael Arbour led the 'Topes offense, going 2-2 with a single and a double, while Kevin McElhinney made three great catches in right field.
With the victory, the Isotopes regain second place and trail the first-place Grays by 1 game going into the final week of the season (not counting rainouts).
Game photos courtesy of Stu Clark