Ducks catcher, Tom Pulice hit a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to give South Oakland (5-5) the win last night in Spring Hill. Brandon Blackstone (W, 1-3) pitched a complete game for the Ducks.
Mike Brandt drove in a run in the third inning with an RBI single down the line in left to give South Oakland the lead. The Oilers (4-2) tied the game in the fourth. Liam singled to start the bottom of the seventh. After a correctly called intentional drop on a line out to short, and a strikeout, Pulice hit the game-winner. The 2018 MVP’s first home run as a Duck.
With the win, South Oakland evened their season series with the BIG OIL. These were two good games. The teams appear to be evenly matched.
At the halfway point of the season, South Oakland sits at 5-5. One game out of first, tied for third with Cranberry who swept the Ducks this season, and a half-game behind the Bandidos who the Ducks swept. The Devils and Oilers are tied for first. It’s shaping up to be an exciting finish in AA.
The Ducks open a two-game series against Cranberry on Monday, 9pm at Springview Field.
The Ducks lost a heartbreaker, 2-0 to the first place Oilers (4-1) Tuesday night in Brookline. South Oakland was shorthanded, but Billy Welsh (L, 0-1) pitched a gem. Ducks third baseman, Kenny Rayl was 2-for-3 at the plate, but was cheated out of an RBI when his fly ball to the left center gap found the doorway in the fence, and went for a ground rule double. The Ducks left many runners on base.
South Oakland drops to 4-5 on the season with the loss.
Pending further city or county-wide restrictions on outdoor gatherings, the two teams play again Wednesday, 9pm at Springview Field.
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (4-4)
Hebrew Oilers (3-1)
BIG OIL: Pearson
South Oakland travels to historic Moore Park to play the Hebrew Oilers tonight. This is our first game played under “yellow” conditions. If I did anything right as manager, it was quitting before this season. What a mess. The last game between these two teams played at Moore Park ended in a 6-6 tie. It was so long ago, I still had enough of an arm to throw out a runner. Those were the days. Outfield assists and no pandemic.
BIG OIL lost to Cranberry 13-3 on Sunday, but they only had eight guys. We’ve had a good rotating cast of villains in this league (including the Ducks) and our share of rivalries. The Oilers are right up there in both categories.
They have always beaten us when it matters, though, and as evenly matched as we’ve been over the years, they have a title and another finals appearance under their belt. Both years they beat us in the playoffs after we beat them in the regular season. This is kind of how it was with us and the Black Sox for years. We could never get passed them until we brought in Fago the first time. Since 2010, we’ve made most of our personnel additions from within the league. Usually when teams fold (Hurricanes, Owlz, Militia, Bulldogs and most recently the Black Sox) or their manager pisses off a bunch of players like the Bulldogs. Longevity has benefitted us in this regard. The Oilers don’t add many guys from within the league.
This is a big series for both teams.
We have a few former Black Sox who will feel at home in Brookline tonight. Hopefully that gives us the edge we need.
Bad News for the Oilers
The South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (4-4) took advantage of a six-run fourth inning and a solid start from Randy Patton (W, 2-0) to beat the Devils (4-3) last night in Spring Hill. Matt Schmidt pitched 2/3 inning for the save (1) in his first appearance as a Duck.
TJ Morgan had 2RBI for South Oakland to put the game out of reach.
The Devils and Ducks split their two game series. Each team won 6-1 at home.
Early season scoreboard anomalies in AA
We’ve won two extra inning games by three runs, beating the Eagles 7-4 (9 inn.) and the Bandidos 6-3 (8 inn.).
The Eagles have lost 2 extra inning games this season. Losing in 9 to the Ducks and the Oilers.
The Oilers (3-0) won their first two games on their last at bat. Walk-off wins against the Devils and the Eagles. They beat Cranberry by 6.
South Oakland opens a two game series with undefeated BIG OIL next Tuesday. Time and location tbd. We might play at historic Moore Park. That would be fun.
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (3-4)
South Hills Devils (4-2)
South Oakland looks to avenge Sunday’s loss to the defending champion Devils tonight in Spring Hill. This is a pretty even matchup and should be another close game. We let Sunday get away from us defensively, and didn’t get to their starter early. He’s not a guy you can let settle in. As far as I know, we have our full infield tonight. That should help. Hopefully, we have an answer for all their lefties.
This is a big game for us to get back to .500 before the Oilers series next week. We always play well at home. I like our chances at the Duck Pond.
Bad News for the Devils