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10, So Cal Titans 2
Game Stifles Titans for Second Time’
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October 22, 2016, Maryvale Stadium (Phoenix, Ariz.)- Salt Lake Lugnuts’ starting pitcher Ray Clinton walked out to the mound nine
times in the 10-2 victory over the So Cal Titans. While, it was the second
complete game Clinton threw in the tournament, both resulting in wins over the
same team, this one was for the World Series Championship.
"He only pitched two games in this tournament and both games he
pitched in were against us,” Titans’ manager Kelly Skeens said. "He’s probably the best pitcher that we saw
all week, very consistent.”
Clinton allowed 11 hits, but only two runs in his complete game
performance. He struck out three batters and walked three others.
"It was huge. We were out of guys, we pitched everybody we had.
Ray came up strong, threw the whole game, threw a great game,” Lugnuts’ manager Joey Robinson said. "A lot of good defense behind him, no real errors, pitching
and defense won this game for us.”
The Lugnuts totaled for 12 hits, but 10 total runs. Two batters
were hit by a pitch and one was walked. However, the damage could have been
much worse as the Lugnuts stranded a total of seven runners on base.
"We played shorthanded, came down we missed a lot of our guys,
but had enough fight in us to play through it,” Robinson said. "Great team,
great brotherhood...another win, but we earned this one.”
Skeens agreed with the Lugnuts earning this win, as the Titans stranded seven runners of their own and hit into three double plays.
"They don’t give you any runs, they play great defense, they
put the ball in play, so certainly we tip our hats to them,” Skeens said. "This
is a well deserved for a championship for them.”
However, the manager of the So Cal Titans thought playing two
games the day before in 107-degree Arizona heat beat his team up a little bit
and he hopes they can bounce back in the future.
"A little disappointed in our results, but we’ve been here 12
straight years,” Skeens said. "We’ve won four rings ourselves and we’re just
trying to get back to the glory days.”
For now, the Lugnuts get to revel in their own glory days, as
they dedicated yet another win with a banner to match to their former shortstop Mad Dogg (Brian Madlung).
"Mad Dogg was our shortstop a couple years ago, he had an
accident at work and passed away. We dedicate a lot of our wins to him,”Robinson said. "It was a big loss for us, he was a great guy, so this is a way
for us to remember him.”