Game Ending Collision, Sliders Sweep Wild Things

August 3, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, August 3, 2009

In Lee Rubin’s first game as a Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti he came up with one of the biggest plays off the season defensively. He held on to the ball during collision at the plate to save the Sliders 8-7 victory and sweep of the Washington Wild Things.

The Sliders scored in each of the first four innings of the game to establish an early 8-0 lead. The scoring was highlighted by a Jimmy Baker solo homer and Jonnie Knoble two-run bomb. Midwest took advantage of three walks, and two players hit by pitches to get runners on in those innings.

Kaleb Graham of Lutz, FL. made his first start in professional baseball and earned his first victory pitching five innings only allowing one run. He fanned eight batters and only walked one, and only allowed three hits.

P.J. Zocchi came on to throw the 6th, 7th, and 8th allowing two runs and struck out two.

The bullpen made the game interesting as Eric Gilliland loaded the bases to start the ninth. Arshwin Asjes came on with the bases loaded in an 8-3 game. He struck out the first batter he face, then allowed a single and walk to bring the Wild Things winning run to the plate.

Matt Sutton then stepped into the plate against Asjes. He belted a shot into the right-centerfield gap that easily scored the runners on third and second. Grand Psomas was trying to score from first base, Zack Pace threw a bullet to Roberto Mena, who threw a strike home to Rubin.

Psomas put his head down and threw his body through Rubin, but after the dust cleared he still had the ball and the Sliders won. Asjes earned his ninth save of the season after the dramatic play.

Tuesday the Traverse City Beach Bums come to EMU’s Oestrike Stadium. Jeff Fischer throw the first pitch at 7:05 p.m. for the Sliders as they look for their fourth straight win.

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