Tonight Hideki Irabu Tied a season high for strikeouts in a game with nine, but picked up his first loss of the season, as the Chico Outlaws go onto beat the Armada 5-4. The Fleet now have a record of 18-18 in the GBL South Division.
The Armada got off to a rough start in the ball game, as the first three batters for the Outlaws came scored early for Chico, giving them a 3-0 lead. Blake Gailen led off the game with a single before stealing second base. Luyben struck out, but was able to reach first base on a wild pitch, and an error on Bouchie. Gailen advanced to third and the Outlaws had runners on base with no outs. Truan Mehl came through with a double to make it 1-0. A wild pitch brought in Luyben from third to make it 2-0, then Shane Cronin hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.
The Fleet was able to pick up some runs in the second inning when Darly Jones started off with a single before advancing to second on a past ball. Andy Bouchie brought in DarylJones making it 3-1 game.
The Outlaws came back in the fourth when Shane Cronin started off with a home run to extend the lead to 4-1. Jason Crosland walked and stole second base before being brought in by a Johnny Ash single to make it 5-1 Chico lead.
The Armada started to climb their way back into the game when Daryl Jones Jones started off with a double and was brought in for the second time by Andy Bouchie to make it 5-2. Jonny Kaplan then followed to cut the lead to 5-3. Steve Young came through with an amazing single to bring in Johnny Kaplan with two outs to make it 5-4ball game. The Armada fought their way back into it but it wasn't enough to win the ball game tonight, as the fleet have lost their second game.
Be sure to join us again tomorrow for game two of this three game series. First pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm. Scott Lonergan will be taking the mound for the Armada.