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DATE - 08/19/2018

Lexington wins game four 3-2, to force game five

By Bruce Hack

Lexington Blue Sox

Media Relations Director

Malden – Lexington scored first for the third straight game and then held on for a 3-2 win over Alibrandis Monday night at Maplewood Field.

Game five is Tuesday night at Lexington with first pitch at 8:00 pm.

Monday night the Blue Sox struck early scoring two runs in the second inning, the first time either team scored before the fourth inning in the series. With one out Richie Burgos (Ponce, PR/Mt. Vernon Nazarene) and Julian Alvarez (Boston/Lee) each singled. Ross Curley (Lexington/Bentley) reached on a fielder’s choice, but all runners were safe due to an Alibrandis error. Dom Zaher (Dracut/Fisher) followed with his fourth straight single, third to drive in a run, and it was 1-0 Sox. After the second out, Morgan Brown (Alstead, NH/Harvard) worked an eight-pitch walk to bring in Alvarez for the 2-0 lead.

Lexington scored its final run in the fourth as Zaher singled for his fifth straight hit to start the frame. He moved to second on an infield out and from there scored on Brown’s RBI double, his second of the game, and sixth RBI of the series.

Alibrandis came back cutting the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth. A walk, two fielder’s choices and an error allowed Bobby Barrett to reach third with two outs. He scored on the second Sox error of the inning to end Lexington’s scoreless innings pitched streak at Maplewood at 10 2/3.

The home squad did not quit as they cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth and veteran catcher Teddy Dziuba was involved again. After the first two batters were retired, Juan Parra walked. During Mike Maguire’s’ at bat Parra stole second, but Maguire worked a walk. Dziuba then delivered a base hit to center that drive in Parra for his fifth RBI of the series and seventh of the postseason. After Dziuba’s single, Lexington starter Alsis Herrera (Santo Domingo, DR/Un. Sciences & Arts, OK) came out and Manny Delcarmen (Hyde Park/Boston Red Sox) came in from the bullpen. Delcarmen got David Lightbody to lift a shallow fly ball to right center that landed in the glove of diving right fielder Aaron Barbosa (Lowell/Northeastern) for the third out of the inning.

Herrera, making his second start of the series, pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up three hits, two runs; one earned, walked four, and struck out five, as he evened his record to 1-1. Delcarmen pitched the final 2 2/3 innings to notch, his first playoff save for the Blue Sox. He struck out three including the final batter of the game.

The Sox 10 hits were the most by either team in the series. Burgos, Alvarez, and Zaher each had two hits for Lexington.

In the first four games of the series, the visiting team has won each game. For Lexington to advance to the finals for the 12th consecutive season it will have to find a way to stop that from happening.

Blue Notes – Lexington is now 5-2 at Maplewood in playoff games with two shutouts and a 1.17 earned run average. Offensively the Sox are hitting .251 at Maplewood with 27 runs and six home runs. The games at Maplewood have come against the Andre Chiefs and Alibrandis.

All of the Blue Sox games are viewable atwww.Pointstreak.comthrough the live scoring software used by Lexington.

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