Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Navs Drop Game One of Double-Header, 5-2

Steve DelVecchio, Navs Sports Information Department

The North Shore Navigators (23-14) came up on the losing side of game one of yet another double header Monday afternoon at Fraser Field. The Lowell All-Americans (15-23) defeated the Navs by a score of 5-2, playing the role of spoiler on a day in which North Shore was trying to inch closer to clinching home-field advantage for the playoffs.

On the bump for the Navigators to begin the afternoon was Mike Gallo (2-3), who was making his eighth start of the year. Gallo was shaky to begin the afternoon, walking the leadoff hitter in Steve Daniels and committing a throwing error to allow Lowell third baseman Nick Pecora to reach base. Gallo got himself into further trouble with a wild pitch, allowing Daniels and Pecora to get into scoring position and be driven in on a two-RBI single by Lowell first baseman Tony Plagman.

Gallo exited the game in the sixth inning after pitching 5.1 innings and allowing 2 earned runs on 6 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 3 batters on the day.

Getting the start for Lowell and making his fifth appearance of the season was right hander Bryan Leigh (2-0), who was extremely sharp early on, retiring the first ten Navigators he faced and not allowing a hit until the bottom of the fifth inning. Leigh pitched a complete game (7 innings because of the double header), and allowed 2 earned runs on 4 hits and 1 walk. He did not strike out any batters.

The Navigators were able to manufacture a run in each the fifth and sixth innings, but would need more than that to pull off a victory. North Shore shortstop Nick Belcher singled in the bottom of the fifth and was driven in on a double to left field by catcher Frank Pesanello. Navs center fielder Justin Little reached base on an error in the bottom of the sixth and was knocked on Mike Provencher’s single to center field. That was all the offense North Shore could muster up on a day in which Bryan Leigh was extremely effective on the mound for Lowell.

The second game of the double-header will be beginning shortly. Mike Adams will get the start for North Shore as they look to come away with the split against the Lowell All-Americans. Check back later for a full recap of both of the day’s games.

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