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Silver Sox Survive Outlaws Ninth Inning Comeback For 14-13 Win

July 1, 2008 - Golden Baseball League (GBL) - Chico Outlaws News Release

RENO, NV - The Reno Silver Sox belted four home runs and took advantage of five Chico errors to plate five unearned runs, but it almost wasn't enough...Reno had to withstand the Outlaws valiant 9th inning comeback to escape with a wild 14-13 victory in the opener of a four-game series Monday night at Peccole Park on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Meeting for the first time this season, Chico jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Eric Pringle singled home Lino Garcia and Shane Cronin in the 2nd inning...but in the bottom of the 2nd Reno went out in front, scoring two runs on a throwing error by Outlaws pitcher Jason Roach; later in the inning Ryan Crespi tripled home a pair and came home on a Gary Harris groundout to put the Silver Sox up 5-2. Chico answered with four runs in the 3rd - Casey Garrison knocked in Jesse Kovacs with a single to right...Jose Valdez followed with a single and then Julian Benavidez doubled to right to plate both Garrison and Valdez...Pringle added a two-out RBI double to give the Outlaws a 6-5 lead. Reno used solo homers by D.J. Dixon and Steve Alexander in the bottom of the 3rd to go up 7-6...but Chico tied the game in the 4th on a Garrison solo homer and took an 8-7 lead in the 5th when Valdez singled home Kovacs.

The Silver Sox took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the 5th - Juan Senreiso led off the inning with a home run to tie the game...Andre Alvarado singled home Dixon to put Reno ahead...and Crespi capped off the rally with a two-run double to make the score 11-8. Chico crept to within two with a run in the 6th as Kovacs singled home Pringle...but the Outlaws would commit two errors to gift-wrap three more Reno runs: in the 7th Pringle bobbled a two-out grounder to allow Doug Sanders to score from second...then in the 8th Valdez committed a two-out error, setting the stage for Ryan Brown to smash a two-run homer over the center field wall and push the Silver Sox lead to 14-9. But in the 9th the Outlaws fought back - after Reno closer Eduardo De La Cruz walked the bases loaded, Shane Cronin singled to center to knock in Valdez and Benavidez. Matt Ceriani drew a walk to re-load the bases...and after Pringle flew out to center, Steve Boggs shot an opposite-field single to right to plate Garcia and Cronin to pull Chico within one. But with the potential tying run at third, Kevin Frederick came in from the Reno bullpen to get Kovacs to ground out and end the game, giving the Silver Sox the wild series-opening victory.

Reggie Leslie (1-0) - the third of five Silver Sox pitchers - got credit for the win, with Frederick earning his second save of the season...Roach (0-5) allowed 10 runs (eight earned) in four-and-a-third innings to take the loss. The Outlaws had 16 hits in the losing effort, with Kovacs, Valdez and Pringle collecting three safeties apiece...Dixon had three of Reno's 13 hits on the night. Monday's loss dropped Chico to 10-22 on the season, with the Silver Sox improving to 11-20 for the year. Game two of the series is set for Tuesday, with left-hander Trevor Caughey (2-2) slated to start for the Outlaws...Reno is expected to counter with righty Steve Russell (3-3). First pitch is 7:05pm...hear all the action with Rory Miller calling the play-by-play on ESPN Radio 101.7 FM and AM 1340; the game can also be heard on-line at www.ChicoOutlawsBaseball.com.

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