Sosa Flirts with Perfecto, Wins
Alexandria, La. - Alexandria Aces starter Alexis Sosa pitched possibly the best game of any Ace this year as the Aces beat the Harlingen WhiteWings 5-2 at Harlingen Field Saturday. The left-hander went 8.2 innings and gave up seven hits and two runs while striking out nine. Sosa flirted with a perfect game as he retired the first 15 hitters of the game before Joel Gonzalez singled to left to break-up the perfect game. WhiteWings starter Jorge Lugo held the Aces hitless through the first four innings. The Aces then exploded for five runs in the fifth thanks to a couple of home runs. Homy Ovalles led off the inning with a walk. Eddie Fitzpatrick tried to sacrifice Ovalles to second by bunting the ball down the first-base line. Harlingen first baseman Matt Kramer tried to tag Fitzpatrick, missed, and threw errantly to first allowing Ovalles to get to third. Bryan Sabatella broke the scoreless tie by smashing a three-run homer to left, his 10th of the year. Four batters later, with two outs and a runner on first, Rafael Ozuna also hit a home run to left to give the Aces a 5-0 lead. The WhiteWings, after being shutout for eight innings came alive in the ninth. David Cardona and Brian Nichols each singled to lead-off the ninth. After Sosa struckout Ryan Fox and Trey Hendricks, Matt Kramer walked to load the bases. Then, Gonzalez, who broke-up the perfect game, hit a two-run single to break-up the shutout and knock Sosa out of the game. Wayne Hedden got David Fowler swinging to end the game and giving Hedden the one-out save, his eighth. The Aces and WhiteWings will finish their two-game series Sunday as Aces All-Star Chad Linder faces Todd Lutz. Game time is 6:05.
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