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Sunsets Scramble Cubs

July 24, 2017 (Federal League Wire Service)

              The 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. 
              Ryan 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.
              Michael Fox pitched a perfect ninth and earned a save, his first of the campaign. 
              Burke 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.
              The 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. 
              The '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.
              In 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. 
              Schariest 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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