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Eric Brown and Sheldon McDonald brought their best stuff to Thunderbird Park, and the result was the #1-ranked Warriors' first loss since March 15.
Brown started and went four innings. He allowed only one hit, which was canceled out by a heads-up defensive play. CF Jason Hague got an infield hit with two outs, but when SS Sammie Starr fielded it, he threw it to 3B Keaton Briscoe, and Briscoe caught the lead baserunner off the bag, ending the inning.
Brown hit a couple of batters and walked another one. He struck out three. When he turned the ball over to McDonald in the bottom of the fifth, the Thunderbirds had a 3-0 lead. Briscoe opened the scoring with an RBI on an infield hit (the ball bounced off Warrior starter Tyrell Poggemeyer) in the second inning. What eventually became the winning run came from a two-RBI double by LF Mike Elias in the fourth inning.
McDonald gave up a hit in the fifth inning, and a double in the sixth. In the seventh, he was charged with a hit on a dubious call at first; Starr made a good play on a ground ball, then made a brilliant throw to first. The call at first ultimately didn't matter; the next batter hit a grounder to Starr, and he turned it into a double play.
The Birds picked up an insurance run by Starr in the bottom of the seventh when Kevin Nickel, pinch-hitting for RF Sean Pisarski, reached on an error. McDonald got a three-up, three-down eighth inning, and took a shutout into the ninth inning.
The shutout ended with one swing of the bat by pinch-hitter Bryson Tajiri, who sent one over the fence with one out. The next Warrior batter got a hit, and Coach Terry McKaig was looking in the direction of the bullpen. However, McDonald got two fly balls to center field to close the deal. McDonald finished with five hits, five strikeouts, and no bases on balls. Brown was awarded the win, and McDonald got a save. Poggemeyer got the loss.
The seven Thunderbird hits came from seven different players; the other hits came from Starr, CF Blake Carruthers, 1B Andrew Firth, C Greg Densem, and 2B Alex White. Hague finished 2-3 for the Warriors. After an unusually large number of errors last weekend, the Birds were not charged with an error in this one.
This game drew the largest-ever crowd at Thunderbird Park.
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