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Miguel Perez Takes No Hitter into Eighth, Ambassadors Win 9-0

July 20, 2003 - Canadian American League (Can-Am) - Allentown Ambassadors News Release

Miguel Perez had a no hitter broken up with two outs in the eighth inning and the Allentown Ambassadors pounded the Berkshire Black Bears, winning 9-0 Sunday afternoon in Pittsfield.

Ryan Jones hit a single to left center field on a one-one pitch off of Perez in the eighth, who had only one scare before that, a line drive in the seventh that Ender Gonzalez caught. Perez came out after the eighth and finished with eleven strikeouts, two walks, a hit batter, and just one hit allowed. He got his third win to even his record at 3-3 this season.

The Ambassadors jumped all over Berkshire starter Jim Dedrick, scoring three runs in the first and never looking back. Ender Gonzalez doubled with one out, then Vic Davilla singled him home, followed by a double from Marlon Roche. With runners at second and third, Brian Macchi hit a sharp ball up the middle that second baseman Mark Burnett made a great play to get to, but then threw away to first, allowing Roche to score. Davilla scored ahead of Roche on the infield single.

The Ambassadors blew the game open in the fifth. Davilla led-off with a solo home run to right, his tenth of the season. Then Roche singled, followed by a Macchi double. Ryan Bordenick then drove both of them in with a single. Tito Cruz followed with a long fly ball to left center that left fielder Shane Hopper dropped, and that was the end of the day for Dedrick. Matt Smith came in and struck out Kevin Moore, but Ryan Bordenick would score on a wild pitch in the at-bat. Then Cedrick Harris singled to right to drive in Cruz. Jorge Diaz reached on a fielder's choice, with Harris out at second, then singles from Gonzalez and Davilla drove him in to make it 9-0. Gonzalez finished the game 4-6 with a double and a run scored. Davilla was 3-6 with three RBI, two runs scored, and the home run. Kevin Moore also had three hits, he was 3-5 with a double.

John Boker pitched a perfect ninth to nail down the shutout, the first of the season for the Ambassadors. Dedrick took the loss in the game, he is now 0-1. With the win, the Ambassadors improve to 3-7 in the second half, while Berkshire falls to 3-6. The Ambassadors snapped a four game losing streak and now head home for a seven game homestand against the Brockton Rox and the Black Bears. The first game is tomorrow night against the Rox and it is Guarantee Win Night, so if the Ambassadors lose, anyone in attendance at the end of the game gets a free general admission ticket to the Ambassadors next home game.

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