The first place South Oakland Ducks (11-5, 4-1) evened the season series with their uninspired-uniform wearing, long time, hated, geographic, Capulet-vs.- Montague-esue rival, Brookline Black Sox (9-5, 4-1). James Tessier’s complete game shutout, clutch hitting by Tim Lipp and Jesse Smith, and duck-tastic defensive play rounded out an inspired effort by the flock that kept the Black Sox off the score sheet, and prevent the gang of hooligans from clinching the Wales Conference.
Neither team made and error both Chalfin and Tessyier gave their teams a chance to win.
I think a couple of the Black Sox players missed the game for violating parole.
Either way, the Ducks would not be denied.
The Ducks need to split their double header with the Militia on the 10th to set up a casket match with the Black Sox for the Wales title.
Tessyier surpassed his season high for pitches in one inning when proud father, Ron Florian battled his way to a ten pitch at bat before lining out to Rob Cool.
Congrats, Ron. Welcome to parenthood.
Shane Doan rounded out, and GoldDust K’d to end the inning.
Arguably the two best center fielders in the Pittsburgh NABA battle it out for the intercontinental title.
Defilippo broke up Chalfin’s bid for a no-hitter three batters into the bottom of the first with a Ken Cool-esque line-drive to left.
0-0 after one.
After Kenny Rayl hit a rocket shot to third for an infield single, Klayko grounded into a routine double play up the middle. Defilippo dove for a grounder behind second, flipped it to Casale who got Klako at first.
That play set the tone for the game.
Slavonick flew out to left to end the inning.
In the bottom of the second, Gwin singled with two outs and was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a Casale double to right.
0-0 after two.
Tessyier retired the side in order in the third, including the first of two pop outs by the Sox catcher. Who was 0-3 throwing out runers on the day, but gave us a nice How to Block the Plate Pose later in the game.
Scioscia has a gun.
In the bottom of the third, the Ducks took a 1-0 lead when Cool worked a 2-out walk, stole second, and was singled in by Tim Lipp.
Lipp also had a Brooks Robinsonian day at third, throwing out a couple guys from foul territory, and making a nice play on a bunt attempt.
1-0 Ducks after 3.
Tessyier worked out of a jam in the 4th. GoldDust and Kenny Powers hit back to back, two out singles, then Klayko popped out with runners on first and third.
The Ducks went down in order in the 4th.
The Black Sox would only have one runner reach second the rest of the game.
South Oakland added an insurance run in the 6th, when Lipp singled, stole second and third, and scored on Jesse Smith’s two-out single.
Tessyier retired the side in order in the 7th.
Now the playoff picture could get muddy. The Eagles (4-11, 0-5) are eliminated from title contention.
Don Henley wrote a song about it:
They could dance their way into the role of spoiler. If that lefty throws a good game, they could steal one. Joe Walsh is fired up for the rematch with the Black Sox Wednesday.
No over looking the Militia, despite beating them by ten runs last game. Strange things can happen in 8am double headers, and you know the Militia will be amped up on home made crank and ready for the South Oakland offensive on the 10th.