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January 20, 2018 (Federal League Wire Service)
Tri-Cities Tritons clinched the Expansion Division regular season
flag on Thursday, the race for the Junior Circuit's remaining
playoff berths heated up as both the third place Margate Sentries
and the fourth place Davie Goliaths won on Saturday.
The Goliaths edged the Broward Cubs, 8-6 as Anthony DeFilippis and
Yoel de la Cruz combined on a workmanlike 11 hitter. DeFilippis
tossed six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, and picked
up his first win of the season. de la Cruz permitted two runs on
three hits in three innings of relief and earned his first save.
Gomez led the Philistines with two hits, including a two run home
run in the Goliaths' five run third inning. David Strauss, Nick
Flesner, and DeFilippis also had two hits each for the G-Men.
Wallace started for the Cubs and took the loss after surrendering
three earned runs on seven hits in four innings. Wallace walked
five and struck out three.
Mayer paced the Cubbies with three hits. Wallace hit his first
home run of the season, leading off the second inning.
Cubs brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the
ninth, but de la Cruz induced pinch hitter Roberto Esquenazi to
hit into a double play before retiring Nick Harguth-Galyas on a
ground out to end the game.
The Goliaths have won two straight to pull to within a game of the
idle Hollywood Stars in the battle for second place in the
Margate Sentries used a seven run fourth inning to defeat the
Delray Beach Mudcats, 14-8, and pulled into a virtual tie for
second place in the Junior Circuit.
Marquez, normally the Gatekeepers' relief ace, got the start and
responded with a complete game effort to register his first win of
the season. Marquez yielded three earned runs on eight hits,
walking six, but striking out 10.
Gus Maestrales started for the 'Cats and absorbed his second loss
of the campaign after being charged with five earned runs on 11
hits in three and a third innings.
Davis, Bennys Acosta, Rob Wiley, Felix Martinez, Tim Hopkins, and
Marquez all had two hit games for the Munguiamen. Wiley, Martinez,
and Silvio Zarate drove in two runs a piece.
Third baseman Lou Pantoja was added to the Mudcats' roster prior
to the game and went three for four in his league debut to led the
teams were tied at 5-5 when the Gatekeepers erupted for seven runs
in the fourth inning. Davis and Wiley had key RBI singles, and
Zarate contributed a two run double to the rally.
win allowed the Sentries to snap their seven game losing skid. The
Mudcats have lost three of their past four games.
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