Friday, June 12, 2009

Greyhounds outrun Bobcats 6-3

Errors in the field and on the basepaths were more than Marion (3-8) could overcome Friday in the opening contest of a three-game set at Union City.

The Greyhounds (5-7) outran and outplayed the Bobcats for a 6-3 win, pulling 1.5 games ahead of last place Marion. Reliever Paul Chiampa (0-1) took the loss after spelling starter Evan Vineyard. Ryan Rogers and Jason Long also came on from the bullpen to mop up for the Bobcats.
General Manager Gordon Guess said a litany of mistakes on the bases and in the field doomed Marion from early on. Three runners were thrown out by Union City's catcher attempting to steal the base or advance on sacrifices.

"We couldn't out run the arm of their catcher," Guess said.

Jacob Martin was also picked off during the game, erasing another baserunner.

Bobcat catcher Fred Rossi, meantime, batted in two of Marion's runs on a double that fell just fair, but struggled behind the plate. Guess said Union City had three runners reach on third strikes that Rossi could not hold onto.

Rossi wasn't alone struggling with the glove. Center fielder Daniel Pugh made an errant throw to the infield that Guess said had the runner dead to rights had it not been several feet over the third baseman's. Outfielder Mike Rizzuto also misplayed a ball that turned into a triple.

Marion has struggled on defense all year. The Bobcats lead the league in defensive miscues and are averaging more than three errors per game after adding tonight's and seven in a 9-5 win over Tradewater on Wednesday.

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