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DATE - 08/19/2018

Lexington Wins! Back to the Finals!

By Bruce Hack

Lexington Blue Sox

Media Relations Director

Lexington – Lexington scored the only run it would need on a suicide squeeze and then held on for a 1-0 victory over Alibrandis in the fifth game of its semifinal series Tuesday night. The win sends the Blue Sox to the Intercity League finals for the 12th straight year.

Melrose’s Morelli Field is hosting the finals for the fifth straight season. First game is Thursday night against the Watertown Reds starting at 8:00 pm. By virtue of finishing first in the regular season, Lexington is the home team tonight and in game three and five (if necessary).

Aaron Barbosa (Lowell/Northeastern) dropped down a bunt, which Alibrandis pitcher, Lamarre Rey, fielded and then bounced his throw past first baseman Gordie Gronkowski and into right field. Barbosa motored his way around the bases and reached third base to start the inning. After an infield out, Taylor Ferguson (Holden/Rollins) laid down a bunt that Rey attempted to push back to catcher Teddy Dziuba only to send it over his head. Barbosa slid across the plate with the game’s lone run and Ferguson reached second on the error.

Lexington starter, Tony Annino, was in and out of trouble all game. He pitched six scoreless innings, scattering seven hits, walked one, and struck out five. In the second inning Alibrandis loaded the bases on singles by Bobby Barrett and Jamill Moquette, sandwiched around a walk to Gronkowski. Annino then struck out Matt Hendrickson, retired Mark Addesa on a foul pop up to catcher John Puttress, and got Juan Parra to fly out to left to end the threat. Annino got out of the third with runners on the corners. In the fourth and fifth innings, he stranded a runner at second. In the first and sixth innings, he left a runner on first.

Manny Delcarmen (Hyde Park/Boston Red Sox) pitched the only 1-2-3 inning for Lexington in the seventh to close out the game for his second save of the series.

The Blue Sox also had other scoring opportunities as both teams had at least one base runner in every inning but the seventh.

The Sox left Barbosa at third in the first inning, runners at first and second in the second, runner at second in the fourth. Ferguson reached third in the fifth, but the Sox could not score again. In the sixth Dom Zaher (Dracut/Fisher) and Puttress (New Providence, NJ/Northeastern) each singled with one out. An infield out moved them to second and third, but again the Blue Sox could not add to their lead.

This series provided good close baseball, as the last three games were all one-run games. The teams combined to leave 84 runners on base, 45 by Lexington. Alibradis scored five runs in the first game, but only four in the last four games, two of them they were shutout. The Blue Sox had a 1.20 earned run average for the series and the bullpen did not allow a run, or inherited runner, to score in the last 7 2/3 innings pitched.

Blue Notes – This was the first 1-0 playoff victory in 94 playoff games since 2006. The Sox had lost a 1-0 game to Andre on August 23, 2013. Lexington is now 19-12 in one-run games in the postseason (since 2006). It was the first game five in a semifinal series since 2011, a 4-3 win over Reading. It was the first game five for the Sox since the 2014 finals, a 4-0 loss to Andre.

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

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