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The Pirates entered Tuesday night’s doubleheader a half game behind Warminster for the two seed with the opportunity to take sole possession after dropping a doubleheader to LOMA on Monday. Plymouth failed to Ln LWV fiUVW FKDnFH DV LW IHOO WR USSHU MRUHODnG 3-0.
“It puts a lot of pressure on us,” Plymouth coach Brian Torphy said. “We fell in the standings a lot, we’re just trying to maintain one of those top three spots.”
The Brewers opted to toss ace Cory Crispell as the Pirates countered with Mike Nessel. Both pitchers were outstanding, pounding the strike zone and seemingly throwing any pitch for a strike. Nessel threw six innings allowing three hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts.
Crispell was equally as impressive, going the distance allowing three hits, no runs and only one walk. CrispHOO DOORwHG RnOy fivH EDVH runners for the game, three times inducing a double play to end the inning.
“I was keeping the ball down the entire night,” Crispell said. “When you stay down there, you’re going to get a lot of ground balls.”
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lowing runners, Nessel continued to work out of jams as the Brew Crew left at least one runner on base every inning but the sixth.
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“[Nessel started to run out of gas], his pitch count got up, and coming off a doubleheader Sunday, having a doubleheader tonight, we have a game tomorrow I just wanted to push him as hard as I could,” Torphy said.
The three-run lead was more than enough for Crispell as he would go on to get the complete game victory.
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