Once all 9 players were ready the double header began; oh yeah, sorry I didn't mention that it was 2 games Dwan, thanks again. Billy Nestor took the mound for the Knights pitching 4 innings with a sore arm. At the end of the fourth with the Knights down 8-2 Paxton Provitera took the mound finishing the game.
After a slow 5 innings the Knights bats began to wake up. Paxton Provitera led off with a double and Pete Alfano Sr. continued his 1.000 on base percentage (to this point Pete was 1 for 1 with 1 walk) with his second walk to bring up the top of the lineup. Pete Alfano then drew a walk, loading the bases for Billy Nestor who proceeded to clear them with a grand slam. With the score now 9-6 in favor of the Mudcats, Paxton allowed 1 quick run, but got the Knights back up to bat down by 4 in the top of the seventh.
Kenny McFadden led of with a single, Paxton doubled for the second time in 2 innings, knocking Kenny in. Pete Alfano then homered with 2 outs making the score 10-9. Billy Nestor continued the inning by continuing his hot streak with a single. He took both second and third on consecutive wild pitches, then scored the tying run on a pick off attempt of Hector Rolon, who had walked, at first base.
In the eighth inning, Paxton was able to retire the side 1-2-3. The bottom of the inning began with 2 singles by Richie Cave and Kenny McFadden, then, unbelievably, Paxton was walked intentionally to load the bases. Richie Cave was able to score the go ahead run on a wild pitch, taking the pressure off the bottom of the lineup. With 1 out, Pete Alfano Sr., the new Knights' pinch hitter, stepped to the plate singling in Kenny McFadden. With a 2 run lead, Paxton was able to sit the Mudcats down 1-2-3 with 2 strikeouts.
Game 2 of the day saw Paxton take the mound again, wow his arm hurts now. Another exciting game ensued, with the Knights tying the game at 6 in the bottom of the sixth, unfortunately the Mudcats scored a run in the seventh from which the Knights were unable to recover.
* Playoffs begin on Friday!!!
Linescore: (Game 14)
|Port Jeff Mudcats||1||3||0||4||1||1||0||0||10||10||1|
WP - Paxton Provitera (1-0)|
LP - Brian Reilly
2B: Nester, Billy (2); Provitera, Paxton 2 (2);
HR: Alfano, Pete (1); Nester, Billy (1);
RBI: Alfano, Pete 4 (6); Nester, Billy 4 (8); Provitera, Paxton (5); Alfano, Pete (1);
|Port Jeff Mudcats||3||0||2||1||0||0||1||7||8||0|
WP - Doug Sorbie|
LP - Paxton Provitera (1-1)
RBI: Nester, Billy (9); Rolon, Hector (4); Gruttadauria, Bobby 3 (3); McFadden, Kenny (5);