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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Armada 4 Flyers 2

A great start for the Armada in Game 1 of the doubleheader. It was a pitcher's duel as was expected at Blair Field between Andre Simpson of Orange County and Rik Currier of Long Beach. Simpson went the distance, six innings (doubleheaders go 7 innings in the GBL), and Currier went six for the W as Long Beach wins 4-2 improving their second half record to 3-0. OC falls to 0-3 in the second half.

The bats for Orange County got to Currier quickly in the first, but that was the only time they would get to him. 2B Jermy Acey and 3B Jeff LaRue would drive in the only runs for the Flyers and RF Travon Jackson would add the only other hit going 1 for 3 with a run scored. Simpson (8-3) got the loss going a complete game 6 innings giving up 4 runs, 3 earned on 8 hits, walking 2 and striking out 10.

The Armada bats awoke in the second and third thanks to a solo HR by Ryan Lehr in the second and his base hit RBI in the third. C Octavio Martinez drove a run in the third and fifth. Lehr finished 3 for 3 a triple shy of the cycle with two runs scored. Martinez went 2 for 3 with two RBI's. Martinez, who left in the sixth, is day-to-day with a strained groin muscle trying to steal second in the fifth. DH Chris Klemm went 2 for 3 with a run scored.

Currier (5-4) is still undefeated at Blair Field. He went 6 innings giving up 2 runs, 1 earned on 3 hits, walking 3 and striking out 8. Nick Cavanagh is now the saves leader getting number 9 striking out 2.

Photo by: Mark Mauno

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