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Whalers Sink Smithtown, 2 - 1
Jul. 3, 2016
The LI Whalers had their boat full of Anthony, tapped as the Smithtown starting pitcher. Despite this being his first mound appearance in almost a year, Anthony had pitched to a miniscule 0.47 ERA over his last 20 plus innings. He only allowed 3 hits and was effective into the 5th inning as he stymied the Whalers with his own big hook, the late-breaking curveball.. Several STAMPEDE mistakes put Anthony behind the 8-ball, but he battled on and his mates spotted him a 1 - 0 lead in the top of the 1st inning. Anthony would make that lone run, a 1-0 lead, stand into the 5th inning.
Wes reached on an E6 to start the game for Smithtown. An errant pickoff throw and wild pitch would move Wes to 3rd base. Nick launched a long sac fly to LF and Wes trotted home for the 1 - 0 lead. Smithtown soon made several baserunning missteps to kill scoring chances. Smithtown had runners on base in all 7 innings and had the Whalers on the ropes repeatedly. Unfortunately, Smithtown could not find their bats. Especially in the 4th inning. With one out, Big Red crushed a double off the LF fence. Walks to Gonzo and Salvatore loaded the bases, but the Smithtown bats again went silent... as they did in the 5th, 6th, and 7th with runners on base.
Anthony worked fast and pitched to contact. A 4-6-3 DP helped him in the 2nd inning, as did a 6-6-3 DP in the 4th. In the B5th, Anthony fielded a leadoff bunt for out number 1. An error, stolen base, and a walk signaled the end of Anthony's solid outing. Salvatore relieved and promptly fielded a swinging bunt for the FC 2nd out to first base. A single to CF netted the Whalers the 2 runs they needed for the lead. The Whalers made the 2 runs stand through the 6th and 7th to take the victory.
was relieved with one out in the fifth
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