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Tucson Tigers 18, Chicago Redhawks 7
‘18 Runs on 16 Hits Too Much for Redhawks’
By Rick Arbogast, special to MSBL National
November 6, 2016, Maryvale Complex, Phoenix, AZ - On a beautiful day for a ball game both teams, the Tucson
Tigers and the Chicago Redhawks, came into the contest riding two-game winning
streaks. Due to the rain on Thursday,
Tucson’s game concluded at 1:45 Friday morning then they had to come back on
Saturday to play a double header. They took
both ends beating the Ogden Danes 6-1 and the Arizona Angels 1-0. Chicago beat the Wave’s 4-1 on Friday then
out dueled the Cardinals on Saturday 6-5.
The visiting Tigers jumped out to an early lead as "MVP”
Zack Tarbet led off the inning with a sharp line drive single to right then
promptly stole second and third. "I’m a
little spark plug and I do what I can to help these guys out,” said Tarbet. "They’re my brothers, my teammates and I’d do
anything for these 20 guys that are sitting right over here next to me.” After a Matt Marquez strike out, Justin
McAllister walked putting runners on the corners. Blake Bradford stepped to the plate and did
his job as the number four hitter, driving in both runners with a solid
single. Paul Warman grounded out to
third but the Tigers weren’t done yet. With
two outs Mike Perez singled, driving in Bradford. The big lefty pitcher Matt Christman came to
the plate and singled as Perez came across for their fourth run of the
inning. Adrian Verduzco doubled but was
stranded at second as Rick Patton ended the inning on a ground ball to
shortstop Billy Yeager.
In Chicago’s half of the inning, leadoff hitter Mickey
Martin roped one down the third base line that Dan Desgagne dove for while
making a fantastic play, as he got to his feet to complete the throw to
first. Following that great play Jim
Braun grounded out to short and Karl Lundholm went down on strikes.
It was more of the
same for Tucson in the second inning as they plated four more with singles by Desgagne and McAllister, a double by Bradford (his 3rd and 4th RBI’s), two
errors and a sacrifice fly by Warman.
As the game settled in Christman did too, as he pounded the
corners with fastballs and mixed in an off-speed pitch just enough to keep the
hitters off balance.
The Redhawks broke through for a run in the third as Eric
Page drew a walk, Yeager singled and Page scored on a Martin fielder’s choice
to shortstop. In the fifth both teams
scored as the Tigers put four across and the Redhawks plated three. The score after five innings of play was Tigers 12, Redhawks 4. There was no further
scoring in the sixth.
Bobby Peraino led off the seventh for the Redhawks with a
perfect bunt down the third base line for a single and scored on a single by Yeager. In the eighth Braun singled and Lundholm doubled (for the second time
in the game), scoring Braun. Lundholm
also came around to score on an error by the shortstop making the score Tigers
12, Redhawks 7. The Tigers quieted any
thoughts of a comeback in the top of the ninth as they scored six more runs to
put the game away.
Chicago threw five different pitchers but couldn’t contain
the Tigers potent offense. Winning coach Kevin Patrick said, "A lot of baseball in five days and everybody was tired and
worn out but everybody stuck it out for all nine innings. I can’t say enough about my team. Unfortunately, I had to choose one MVP but it
would be all 21 guys, honestly. Everybody did great. We’re looking
forward to next year and hopefully no rain”.
During the game, little Cason enjoyed sitting next to his
dad Cory Evans in the dugout and getting his picture taken with dad and the
R H E
Tucson Tigers 4 4 0 0 4 0 0 0 6 18 16 5
Chicago Redhawks 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 2 0 7 10 4
2B HBP SF SB
Tigers 2 2 1 6
Redhawks 3 1 0 2
WP – Matt Christman
LP – Jake Stachowiak