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Goliaths Grind Cubs; Sentries Steamroll Mudcats

January 20, 2018 (Federal League Wire Service)

              Although, the 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.
              Marcelino 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.
              Jesse 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. 
              Brian Mayer paced the Cubbies with three hits. Wallace hit his first home run of the season, leading off the second inning.
              The 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 Expansion Division.
              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.
              David 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.
              Drew 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 'Cats.
              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.
              The 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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