South Oakland 6, Brookline 3
We’re all part of the tribe.
Ducks pitcher James Fago went seven innings, allowing 3 hits, and 2ER, while striking out several and walking few.
The Ducks scored 2 in the top of the first on TJ Morgan’s bases loaded infield single. On the play Black Sox third baseman Kenny Powers made a spectacular barehanded catch on a well-placed roller down the line but could not throw out the hustling Morgan. Gwin scored from second on the play also hustling.
Brookline answered in the top of the third when with two outs their two hitter fouled off a pitch that hit his hand, then after he struck out swinging, Ducks catcher, Ben Gwin, misplayed the pitch in the dirt and hit the kid in the hand again with his throw to first. He would later score on a ball up the middle, on the play, however, Ducks second baseman Ken Cool hit the kid in the back.
Later in the inning, Kenny Powers scored after he stole second but was nearly thrown out. Ball beat him there, but he slid around the tag.
Fago handled himself with composure and calmness in the dugout after the Ducks allowed 2 unearned runs in the inning. It was as if it didn’t phase him.
The game remained tied.
We caught the second baseman in a rundown between third and home in the top of the fourth when we executed the first and third play we’ve been working on all season. He was out.
To end the top of the fifth, Kenny Powers was thrown out at home at one point trying to tag on a shallow fly to center.
in the bottom of the inning Brian Strom recorded his first hit as a Duck, after we saved the ball for enshrinement on his mantle, Strom stole second and advanced to third on a groundout by Gwin. Strom scored on a Fago single.
The Sox starter was pissed. He was pulled for another lefty.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Ducks scored three runs on a walk, 2 bunt singles another infield hit and a linedrive to right by Ken Cool’s friend Brian.
The Sox scored a run in the top of the seventh, on a double by Florian and a single by their really intense catcher.
Fago struck out Goldie swinging to end the game.
South Oakland is 2 – 0 in division play heading into their Saturday double header against Ken Cool’s brother’s team.
We are in first place.