It wasn`t pretty, but the Milleteers managed to outscore the best offensive team in the league so far this year, the Armena Royals. The Royals jumped on starter Steven Pahl early as they put up 4 in a bizarre first inning that say a botched bunt play and a bases loaded walk to score a run on only 3 balls as the umpires lost the count. The Royals brought their hitting sticks touched up Pahl for 10 hits on the night.
The Milleteers responded for 3 runs of their own off of crafty veteran Jason Buzzell in their first bat as three walks and some errors led to the damage. The second inning was more of the same as the Royals cranked out another 4 hits and scored two, while the Milleteers answered back with 4 to chase Buzzell and take the lead.
After he got the lead Pahl settled in and quit throwing his bread and butter curve ball that had been his go to weapon the last few years as the Royals were hammering it everytime he threw it. Instead he went with the slider and his new found splitter, which he has been working on for 15 years and debuted last night to good effect. After retiring 13 batters in a row, the Royals got something started in the 7th, but stranded 2 runners to end the game.
The difference in the game was the free bases, as the Milleteers played good defense and made the Royals hit their way on, while the Milleteers got the benefit of 5 errors, 4 walks, and 2 hit batsmen. The two teams will have a rematch on Thursday in Armena to complete their home and home.