Doubledays Drop Game Two to New Jersey

Doubledays Drop Game Two to New Jersey

On Wednesday the Auburn Doubledays (15-13) proved yet again that inconsistency will be their biggest struggle this season in game two of three against the New Jersey Cardinals. On Tuesday the Doubledays came out on top of the slugfest 16-9 but Wednesday there was no such luck as they fell 8-4.

On the first night of the series the Doubledays came out strong and never stopped. Starting pitcher Randy Dicken (3-0) made another outstanding showing going four innings while striking out nine batters. Reliever Sean Stidfole picked up his first decision of the season making him 1-0. Other solid performances included a two-run home run by Nick Thomas and a three-run home run by third baseman Anthony Garabaldi. Cory Patton hit two, two-run home runs accounting for a quarter of the Doubleday runs.

On Wednesday starting pitcher Orlando Trias got the loss making him 2-4 with a 4.15 ERA. Trias was shaken early and there was a conference on the mound by only the third batter. The starter seemed to pull it together a little and finished out three innings. Second baseman Sean Shoffit led off with a home run on the first at-bat of the game but that capped the scoring for the Doubledays until the fourth.

In the fourth Billy Carnline was brought in to replace Trias but he did not fair much better. In the bottom of the inning things started to look up when Brian Pettway hit an RBI double to deep center that brought home both Jermy Acey and Kyle Bohm to narrow the Cardinal led 4-3 with two outs but that's as close as it would ever get.

In the following innings the Cardinals scored four more runs. Throughout the night Auburn struggled in the field misplaying balls, dropping balls, watching balls pass them by; although they only were only charged with three errors the number of mistakes was much higher.

Auburn finally began to look respectable again in the seventh with Adrian Martin on the mound. Martin allowed one run and four hits while striking out three in his three innings of work. The Doubledays bats were respectable but they could not catch a break wherever they hit a ball there seemed to be a cardinal waiting for it and balls keep falling just shy of the walls. Trailing 8-3 in the bottom of the ninth it looked as though there was a hope for a rally when center fielder Ryan Patterson led off with a homer but with the mood looking up thing quickly died the Doubledays fell 8-4.

The Doubledays have won two games in three game series five times this year, and dropped four three game series.

Earlier in the season pitching coach Tom Signore said, "We play a team, a three game series, take two out of three. If we do that all season, our record will be good." So far his theory has been pretty accurate and has left the Doubledays in first place in the Pinckney Division So keep your eyes on the Doubledays Thursday to see if they can take another "two outta three."

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