Cleveland A’s pick up sweep of ‘Fort O’ Tigers
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Jun 19, 2013 | 480 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland A’s finally got to play some baseball after two weeks of rainouts and it proved the rest did them some good.

Although the A’s were a little rusty they came out with two big wins against the Fort Oglethorpe (Ga.) Tigers by scores of 3-1 and 5-3.

In game one, Steve Currie pitched a complete game gem, giving up just four scattered hits and one run while only walking two and striking out 11. Offensively, the rust showed a little leading to a tie game in the seventh at 1-1. In the top of the last inning, Kody Hensley took charge by leading off with a smash single up the middle. This fired up the team and Steve Currie followed with a single. Not to be outdone, Dalton Montgomery crushed a double, giving the A’s the lead. The run allowed Currie to come back and lock down the win in the bottom of the frame.

Game two saw some weird pitching. Three pitchers combined to throw a one-hitter for the winning A’s. Tanner Thompson threw five strong innings, giving up no hits and striking out eight. Thompson later had to come out of the game due to soreness in his throwing arm. Billy Massingale took over for the A’s starter, giving up one hit and two unearned runs off three straight errors. After throwing behind a batter and beaning another in the head, Massingale gave the mound over to Robby Mcintire, who picked up the save in retiring every batter he faced.

“Offensively, we looked good. Brad Weir was 3-for-3 with three singles and two RBIs. Will Ellis doubled off the wall just missing a home run, and Robby Mcintire doubled as well, getting two RBIs in the process. Tyler Cross, a former Bradley star, continues to swing a hot bat and went 4-for-6 on the day,” said coach Massingale.

“Every starter got at least one hit, so that is always good to see,” Massingale added. “When this team is faced with adversity they always seem to respond. Today we were down or tied going into the last inning and got two wins; that’s clutch at any level. We are still leaving too many runners stranded and making some costly errors, so we have some room to make improvements.”

The A’s are 8-1 on the season and take to the diamond again Friday at 6 p.m. at the old Charleston School baseball field, then return for two games Sunday, at 2 and 4:30 p.m., also at Charleston.