Mark Lombardi hit a second inning, 2-run home run to give the Ducks an early lead they wouldn’t relinquish, as South Oakland (3-1) held off the Oilers by a score of 6-4 last night in Spring Hill. Lombardi also threw out a runner at home on a 7-2 double play, and scored on an infield hit later in the game.
Before the game, both teams provided the IDs of all players involved, and after lengthy debate and cross-referencing, all players were deemed legal. However, that piping on Dave Winfield’s pants looks so good it should be outlawed.
Ducks starter, Cody Quinn (W, 1-0) went four inning for the victory, allowing one run on a solo home run by Witer Jimenez in the first. Quinn worked out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the second and cruised the rest of the way. Ducks reliever, Steve Bielefeld allowed one run in the fifth, and Smiley pitched a perfect sixth. James Fago recorded his second save of the season, entering the seventh with the bases loaded and no outs. Fago struck out some guy, walked someone, then struck Jimenez out. The Oiler’s first baseman grounded out to end the game with the go-ahead run on first.
South Oakland has won three straight to pull within a half game of the first place Oilers (4-1).
- The Oilers left the bases loaded in the second, fifth and seventh innings.
- Brandt, Clark, Patton and Lombardi had RBI for South Oakland
- Pulice and Clark hit doubles
- Overall, another solid outing from the bullpen
- The defense was also solid, I think we had an error-free game
The Ducks play next against the Sheraden Jays, Sunday, 3pm at Chartiers Field.