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Winter Ball: McGowan Fans Five
McGowan began his evening off on the right foot. A 15-pitch first inning resulted in the results the right-hander strives for – throwing strikes and inducing contact. Jerry Owens led the game off by grounding out to second base, and Kevin Frandsen followed that up by grounding out to shortstop. McGowan then made quick work of Ryan Braun, who he struck out swinging. Mark Reynolds began the second inning striking out on just three pitches, but Fred Lewis hit a line shot down the right field line on a 1-2 count for a triple. McGowan pitched passed the triple as he got Vinny Rottino to pop out to second on the first pitch of the at bat, and then struck out Matthew Brown, despite falling behind in the count 2-0, and then 3-1. A leadoff walk, and his only walk of the night, ended up hurting McGowan in the third inning. David Cook drew the walk, and then after Danny Richar popped out to second, Cook stole second base during Owens' at bat. Owens then lined a single to left field to drive in the run. McGowan then got out of the inning with some great heads up defense by Chip Cannon. Kevin Frandsen grounded out to third with a runner on second, but as the throw was made to first, Owens tried to break for third, but Cannon gunned him down for the double play. McGowan began the fourth inning by allowing back-to-back singled, and then threw a wild pitch to put runners on second and third. Lewis then flied out to left, but it was deep enough to score a run. McGowan then got out of the inning by striking out Rottino and Brown. Jordan DeJong relieved McGowan in the fifth inning and induced two ground outs, before striking out Owens on just three pitches. Tracy Thorpe pitched the ninth inning and struck out Mark Reynolds and Fred Lewis for the first two outs, before allowing a double, and hitting a batter. He ended the game by getting David Cook to strike out. Chip Cannon was silent offensively going 0-for-3 with a strikeout, while Curtis Thigpen went 0-for-3, but drove in two runs and walked twice. Cannon is batting .368 this fall, while Thigpen is hitting .278. Mexican Winter League Lee Gronkiewicz pitched the ninth inning for Obregon on Friday and struck out all three batters he faced. Jaime Trejo and Ben Francisco both were caught looking, while Miguel Flores struck out swinging. Hawaii Winter Baseball Ryan Patterson went 0-for-4 on Friday, while Eric Nielsen went 0-for-3.
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