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Peterson Throws Scoreless Eighth, Captains Win Final Game of 2011 Season 7-6 in Ft. Worth

August 30, 2011 - American Association (AA) - Shreveport-Bossier Captains News Release

SHREVEPORT, La.---Captains 32 year-old catcher Brian Peterson (W, 1-0), a 13-year professional baseball veteran, tossed a scoreless eighth inning against Ft. Worth Tuesday night at LaGrave Field as Shreveport-Bossier snapped a seven-game losing streak by winning the 2011 season finale 7-6.

Peterson gave up no runs on two hits in the eighth, throwing a number of knucleballs to the heart of the Cats order. With the Captains up 7-5 and runners on second and third with two outs, he got leftfielder Steve Vranau to fly out to right field to keep Shreveport-Bossier in the lead.

Captains rightfielder Chad Gabriel went 3-for-5 with his fourth home run of the year, first as a member of the Captains. Gabriel finished the year hitting .424 with Shreveport-Bossier and went 10-for-17 in the series. Shortstop Jonathan Johnson added a pair of hits and reached base safely three of four times. The rookie from California finishes the year hitting .311.

Shreveport-Bossier got on the board first when Johnson doubled off Cats starter Phillip Bartleski (L, 5-4) to start the game and scored on Gabriel's one-out single. Ft. Worth would take a brief lead with two runs in the third. With two out, Marcos Rodriguez hit atriple off Alex Kaminsky, plating two unearned runs and putting the Cats up 2-1.

But the Captains would regain the lead in the fourth. Andres Rodriguez, Joe Urtuzuastegui and Alex Cowart all singled to lead off the inning. With two outs, Mike Provencher hit a bases clearing triple to make it 4-2. Gabriel followed with a blast over the left field wall to put Shreveport-Bossier up four. The Captains would make it 7-2 in the fifth when Peterson led off the inning with a double, took third on a wild pitch by Greg Denton, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Urtuzuastegui.

Ft. Worth would send eight men to the plate and score three times in the sixth off Captains reliever Lee Henry. Will Calhoun, who went 4-for-4 in the game with three runs, scored on a Kelley Gulledge double. Later in the frame, Gulledge would score on a fielding error by Peterson, who was playing first base from innings 5-7. A Clifton Thomas groundout scored Trent Lockwood to make it 7-5.

Cats relievers Denton, T.J. Bozeman and Robert Manuel shut down the Captains late in the game, allowing just two baserunners in the final four innings and retiring 12 in a row from the end of the fifth through the eighth innings.

Mark Haynes (Sv, 5) came in in the ninth and retired pinch hitter Aljay Davis for the first out. Calhoun then hit a hard ground ball up the middle that hit off Haynes' ankle and ricocheted into foul ground for an infield hit. Marcos Rodriguez followed with a double to put men on second and third with one out. Gulledge grounded out to short to score Calhoun and make it 7-6. But Haynes would strike out Trent Lockwood to put an end to the Captains losing streak and the 2011 season.

Hector Carrasco starter for Shreveport-Bossier and threw two scoreless innings. Kaminsky allowed two unearned runs in the third before giving way to Jose Velazquez, who threw two scoreless frames. Lee Henry allowed three runs (one earned) in two innings, walking two and striking out one while allowing three hits.

The Captains finish the 2011 regular season 45-55, going 18-32 on the road and 27-23 at Fair Ground Field. They finished in third place in the American Association, 19 games behind the Grand Prairie AirHogs and 12 behind St. Paul in the Wild Card race.

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