WP: Nolan Gabriel (2-3)
LP: Gio Mairena (1-1)
POG: Reid Brooks (4-5, R, 2 RBI)
Tired of being pushed around by Ottawa , the Pilots finally woke and played some offense, recording 14 hits, all singles to avoid the sweep. The Pilots scored 4 in the second inning as the Outlaws’ Gio Mairena (3.2 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 6 BB, 2 K) struggled to find the plate by walking 3 of the first 4 batters he faced in the inning. Once he found the plate, he couldn’t avoid the Seattle bats to get himself out of trouble. Seattle CF Ricardo Francisco (3-4, 2 R, RBI) knocked in one with a bases-loaded single, which was the first of 4 straight singles against Mairena. C Stretch Lloyd (2-3, 2 R, RBI, BB), 3B Reid Brooks, and RF Hal Thompson (1-4, 2 RBI) joined in the second inning hit parade. The Pilots scored 3 more in the 4th with Francisco reaching on an infield single, followed by a Lloyd walk, and another single by Brooks to knock in one. Thompson knocked in Lloyd immediately afterward on a 6-3 put out. DH Edward Cornelious (1-4, RBI, K) knocked in Brooks to give Seattle a 7-0 lead. Meanwhile, Seattle ’s ace Nolan Gabriel (7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 5 K) and Nap O’Connor (2.0 IP, H, ER, K) put the screws to the Ottawa offense, holding them to a combined 6 hits. Ottawa ’s DH Morgan Johnson (1-4, 3B, R) had a triple in the 7th and scored on a ground-out by Jimmy Chapman (0-4, RBI) and Robin Scott (1-3, HR, R, RBI) homered in the 9th to provide the only offense of the day for Ottawa . One bright spot for the Outlaws was the performance of Rich Lawrence (4.1 IP, 6 H, K) who held the Pilots scoreless from the 4th inning on.
OTTAWA LEADS SERIES 3-1
WP: Alex Vizcaino (4-0)
LP: Harry Romero (2-3)
SV: Nap O’Connor (1)
POG: Alex Vizcaino (6.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 10 K)
Hoping to end this series once and for all, Ottawa ran their ace, Harry Romero (6.0 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) to the mound and he tripped over the rubber. Ottawa got on the board in the first with a single by CF Ed Kelly (1-4, R, BB, K) an infield single by DH Morgan Johnson (1-3, BB, 2 K), a single by 1B Jimmy Chapman (1-3, BB, 2 K) and a fielder’s choice ground out by CDan Mercedes (0-4, RBI) to knock in their only run of the day. The top 5 hitters on the team combined to go 4-17 with 4 walks, and 7 strikeouts. Seattle ’s offense really came to play as they knocked out 10 runs on 15 hits (only 4 extra base hits). The Pilots put up runs in 4 straight innings beginning in the second. Back to back singles by LF Ross Anderson (2-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI) and 1B Louie Guiel (1-5, R) put 2 men on with one out. Another single by SS Louie Solano (2-4, R, 2 RBI) knocked in Anderson . CF Ricardo Francisco (2-3, R, RBI, BB) knocked in Guiel, but Solano was thrown out at home by RF Tito Frederick. C Stretch Lloyd (2-4, RBI) singled to score 2B Amp Newman (1-3, 2B, 2 R, BB) who had walked. RF Hal Thompson (2-4, 3B, R) led off the 3rd with a triple, Seattle ’s first extra-base hit in 27 innings, and scored when DH Edward Cornelious (2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) knocked him in with a single to LF. Francisco singled to lead off the bottom of the 4th, moved to second on Lloyd’s single up the middle, advanced to 3rd on a 5-4-3 doube play by Reid Brooks, the only Pilot starter to not get a hit, and scored when Romero bobbled a routine grounder to make the scored 5-1. Cornelius homered with one out in the 5th to make the score 6-1. After a solid 6 innings of work, striking out 10, Vizcaino turned the game over to Brandon Good (1.1, H, 2 BB, K) who loaded the bases in the top of the 8th and Nap O’Connor (1.2, 2 K) who came out to escape that one-out tightrope act and retire the side in order in the 9th. Seattle added 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th on a double by Newman, a single by defensive replacement C Johnny O’Brien (1-1, R, RBI), an infield single by Orlando Ramirez (1-1, R), and a home run to left-center by Anderson.
OTTAWA LEADS SERIES, 3-2.