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Raya throws complete game, Mustangs fall short to Mudcats 1-0

Orencio Fisher went 1-5 reaching base three times during Tuesday night's 1-0 loss to the Chillicothe Mudcats.
07/20/2016 2:59 AM -

 CHILLICOTHE, Mo. – Fighting for a MINK playoff berth on Tuesday night at Shafer Field, the St. Joseph Mustangs lost 1-0 to the Chillicothe Mudcats.

Osvaldo Raya made his second start for St. Joseph throwing eight innings of one run baseball on five hits, two walks and two strikeouts. However, the Mustangs were unable to capitalize on their base runners and stranded 13 by the end of the night.

Chillicothe’s only run came in the third on two singles, two stolen bases, and a sacrifice fly.

St. Joe’s defense was able to keep the game close as Raya loaded the bases in the fifth inning. After fielding a fly ball with no outs in the bottom of the fifth, Mustangs’ right fielder Jeremiah Figueroa made a laser-beam throw to the plate to keep the Mudcats from scoring from third base. Figueroa’s strong defense set up a double play for Mustangs’ second baseman Jake Alu to Mustangs’ first baseman Louis Mele to end the inning and keep the deficit to one run.

St. Joseph turned two double plays on the night, with the second double play coming in the sixth inning.

The Mustangs struck out a total of nine times in the shutout walking six times.

In his first at bat, Mele swung on a first pitch fastball and lined the ball into left field for a single. After starting hot, Mele finished 1-3 with a walk.

Alu walked twice and in the ninth inning was left 90 feet away from scoring.

Mustangs’ catcher Ozzie Rodriguez recorded his fifth hit of the season with a soft line drive to center field in the sixth inning.

Starting at third base, Davey Casciola walked twice, but went hitless going 0-3 with a strikeout.

After Tuesday night, the Mustangs still lead the Chillicothe-St. Joseph season series 3-2.

On Friday night Chillicothe travels to St. Joseph to take on the Mustangs a final time in the regular season at Phil Welch Stadium.

Tomorrow the Mustangs take on the Nevada Griffons for the final time during the regular 2016 season. Continuation of the 9-9 ninth inning tie from July 6 will be resumed in the tenth inning at 5:30. Game two will start after the conclusion of game one, as the Mustangs have yet to record a win against the Griffons this year. Nevada leads the series 4-0. 

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