July 24, 2017 (Federal League Wire Service)
Sunrise Sunsets scratched out a 7-5 win over the plucky Broward
Cubs on a perfect mid-summer evening at Coral Glades. The win was
the 12th in a row for the Original Division leading Twilighters.
Thompson started for the 'Sets and was perfect through four
innings, finally settling for one earned run on six hits as he
improved to 5-1. Thompson struck out six and walked only one.
Fox pitched a perfect ninth and earned a save, his first of the
Fox started for the Cubbies and took the loss after permitting six
earned runs on 10 hits in a seven inning stint. Fox walked five,
hit a batter, and struck out four. Fox fell to 1-3.
The Sunsets broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth as
Chris Craig drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on a
double by Javier Aguilar. Two batters later Ted Maceda singled in
Aguilar, giving the Twilighters a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, the Cubs responded with two runs of their
own. Jamie Bobrow led off and reached on an error, spoiling
Thompson's perfect game. With two out, Mitch Kean singled to ruin
the no-hitter, and then Julio Cabrera sliced a two run doubled
into the right field corner to end the Thompson's hopes of
pitching a shutout.
Sunsets restored their lead in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI
double by Jimmy Schariest. A throwing error as Schariest attempted
to steal third, enabled the Twilighters to take a 4-2 advantage.
Undaunted, the Cubs tied the score again, getting two runs in the
top of the sixth. An RBI double by Joseph Paniagua and a throwing
error knotted the game at 4-4.
'Sets finally took the lead for good in the home half of the sixth
as Brandon Zeeb doubled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly
by George Negron.
the seventh, the Twilighters added two insurance runs on an RBI
double by Criaig and a run scoring single by Aguilar.
The Cubs closed out the scoring in the top of the eighth when Gabe
Franzese singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, stole third,
and then came plateward on a passed ball.
led the Sunsets with three hits. Maceda and Aguilar chipped in
with two hits a piece.
The Sunsets' win reduced their magic number for clinching the
Senior Circuit flag to six. The loss represented the Cubs' fourth
defeat in their past five outings.
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