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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Recap of Armada Opening Series: Game 1

The pregame show that J.R. Reed and Josh "Big Tex" Feldman put together was fantastic. They gave us a run down of what to expect for this series, as well as audio of manager Steve Yeager before the game. Which if you would like to hear the audio and see video of them on the road in St. George, Utah you can go to and to hear and see all the action from the Long Beach Armada.

Steve Yeager wasn't kidding when he said before the game that he wanted his ball club to be the aggressors. Back to back hits by CF Steve Moss and 3B/Hitting Coach Ryan Lehr in the 1st led to a Tony Torcato 2RBI double, driving in both. RF Chris Klemm followed with a RBI single to give the Armada an early 3-0 lead. Not to be outdone, leading off the same inning for St. George was LF Ryan Stevenson who blasted a leadoff HR off starter Jerome Williams. The celebrating would not last for the Roadrunners who, only down by two in the 2nd, would give up two more runs thanks in part to 2B Cleatus Davidson's RBI double to drive in 1B Norm Hutchins followed up by CF Steve Moss singling in Davidson to give Long Beach a 5 -1 lead.

It wasn't just the hitting that did it for the Armada. Starting pitcher Jerome Williams pitched 5 strong innings. Giving up 10 hits on 3 runs (2 earned) and striking out 1 Roadrunner. Garret Murdy pitched 2 innings in relief giving up 2 hits, 0 runs and striking out 1. Justin Segal and Nick Cavanaugh pitched a combined 2 innings giving up 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Starting out this season, the strongest point for the Armada was going to be their pitching and they did not disappoint tonight.

The hitting onslaught would not end. After scoring 5 in the first two innings they would score 9 more in the course of the game. Including five in the 6th inning thanks in part to a 2 run HR by 1B Norm Hutchins and a RBI single by CF Steve Moss. The Roadrunners offense did add two more runs after the solo HR by Stevenson in the 1st. C Dustin Hicks scored in the 2nd off a base hit by CF Gary Harris and a fielding error by LF Dan Trumble (don't worry Trumble did make up for it, 3for5 HR, 2RBI). SS Brandon Taylor scored on a wild pitch in the 5th inning for the Roadrunners.

Long Beach would take Game 1 by a final score of 14-3. Below this post is a box score of the lineups for the Armada and Roadrunners. The win going to Jerome Williams and the loss to Roadrunner starter Billy Simon who went 3 2/3 innings giving up 12 hits, 8 runs (all earned) and striking out 3 batters. Tune in ten minutes before tomorrow's game at 5:50 PDT for another great pregame show with Josh "Big Tex" Feldman and J.R. Reed. Both of whom will have audio of a player(s) and manager Steve Yeager before game time. Game 2 and 3 of this series is May 23rd and 24th at 6:05 PDT at Just click on the Radio/On-Air link on the Long Beach Armada website. What a way to start a season!

2B C. Davidson 2 for 5, RBI, 2 2B, 2 R
Ju. Williams 0 for 1
CF S. Moss 4 for 5, 2 RBI, R, SB
3B R. Lehr 2 for 4, RBI, 2B, 2 R
S. Yoo 0 for 1
DH T. Torcato 1 for 5, 2 RBI, R
D. Ramirez 0 for 1
LF D. Trumble 3 for 5, HR 2 RBI, 4 R
RF C. Klemm 4 for 6, RBI, 2B, SB
C D. Parrish 4 for 6, 3RBI, R
1B N. Hutchins 3 for 5, HR 2 RBI, SB, 2 R
SS P. Montero 0 for 4, R, BB
P J. Williams 5in, 10 H, 3 R, 2 Earned, K
P G. Murdy 2in, 2 H, K
P J. Segal 1in, 1 H,
P M. Cavanaugh 1in, BB, K

LF R. Stevenson 2 for 5, HR RBI, 2 R
2B L. Rodriguez 1 for 5
SS B. Taylor 3 for 4, R, SB, BB
RF J. Serrano 0 for 5
1B R. Brown 1 for 4
DH C. Nowlin 1 for 4
C D. Hicks 1 for 4, R
CF G. Harris 3 for 4
3B M. Done 1 for 3
G. Lemon 0 for 1
P B. Simon 3 2/3in, 12 H, 8 R, 3 K
P D. Collis 1 2/3 in, 4 H, 4 R, 3 BB
P J. Segovia 1 2/3 in, 5 H, 2 R, K
P D. Hall 2 in, 2H

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