Games 14, 15
The Rangers faced an uphill battle on Sunday against the 2nd place South Dayton Slammers, facing one of the top pitching staffs in the league.
In game one of a DH at Bellbrook high school, the Slammers sent league ERA leader Jeff Beall to the mound, while the Rangers countered with Luke Trubee. In one of the best games that Trubee pitched, the Rangers' offense and defense couldn't support him.
The Rangers could muster only 3 hits in a 4-0 defeat. Two of those hits came from newly acquired Dominic Kuzujanakis. The Slammers tallied a run in the third after a botched double play with one out. The Slammers manufactured 3 more unearned runs in the 7th inning after a dropped flyball. Trubee scattered 8 hits over 7 innings, allowing 4 unearned runs and striking out 4.
Game two saw an hodgepodge assemblance of arms as four Rangers pitchers tried to piece together a win. Despite the Rangers outhitting the Slammers 12-5, the Slammers took advantage of 13 free passes to win 13-6.
The game two offense started in the top of the first as Nick Gilmore doubled to deep left field and went to third on Eric Becker's single. Stephen Hoendorf's groundout scored Gilmore, and Jonmarc Lippincott's sac fly scored Becker for a 2-0 lead. By the time the Rangers scored again, they found themselves in an 8-2 hole in the top of the fifth.
But the deficit was cut in half as Becker led off with a single and scored on Dominic's 2-run HR, the first of his career. Gilmore added an RBI single in the 6th, and Joe Becker singled and stole a base and came around to score on a throwing error to round out the scoring on the day.
Offensive highlights: Nick Gilmore 3-for-7, RBI, double; Dominic Kuzujanakis 3-for-6, 2RBI, double, HR; Eric Becker 2-for-6, 2 runs, 2 SB; Joe Becker 2-for-4, SB.
Historical Notes: Joe Becker is 2 strikeouts away from moving into 2nd place all-time in Rangers history. Eric Becker scored his 100th run in MVABL league play.