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Mustangs drop pitching duel at home

07/01/2017 9:11 PM -

The Mustangs offense dwindled in light of Matt Diaz’s strong start, as the Ban Johnson All-Stars pitching didn’t allow them to get their game on and go play leading to a 2-0 defeat.


Diaz’s mistakes were minimal, but costly as the Mustangs weren’t able to muster any sort of pressure from the plate through the entirety of the game.


The All-Stars took advantage of their opportunities early as they struck in the top of the first beginning with a one out walk. A batter later a wild pitch would move the runner into scoring position. Then with two outs they plated him making the score 1-0 and that’s all the All Stars needed.


The game remained scoreless all the way till the 7th inning when Diaz got the first two batters out, but a two out rally would put more distance between the Mustangs and the All-Stars. As the All-Stars put the next three batters on base by a single, a walk, then finally another single brought home the runner from second to make the game 2-0, and put an end to the scoring portion of the game.


Diaz put on a show as he went eight strong innings only allowing two runs on six hits while compiling nine strikeouts. Diaz’s start wouldn’t be enough as the Mustangs only mustered two hits (one in the second and the other in the ninth) and only got one runner in scoring position throughout the game.


The ninth inning relief pitcher Jaren Kutzke came in to strikeout the side.


The Mustangs (22-8) have the day off tomorrow before they go back to MINK League play to take on Chillicothe Mudcats. The Mustangs will throw Steve D’Amico onto the mound as he searches for this fifth straight win the on season to go along with his 1.86 era.


The promotions set for Monday night will include a special American Celebration and military hero ceremony featuring a Bald Eagle flight and sky divers. All veterans and active military personnel will receive free admission to the game set at 7 p.m. Fireworks will follow on behalf of Mosaic Life Care.


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