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'Wings Strikeout 17, Beat Aces

June 10, 2008 - United League Baseball (ULB) - Alexandria Aces News Release

Alexandria, La. - June 10, 2008 - Another pitchers' duel was on display at Bringhurst Field Tuesday night as the Alexandria Aces failed to sweep the Harlingen WhiteWings losing 3-1. Harlingen starter Jorge Lugo was fantastic as he struck out eight through 4.2 innings giving up only three hits and one run. He left in the fifth inning, one out away from qualifying for the win, because of severe leg cramps. Opposing Lugo was Aces starter Wayne Hedden. The Alexandria right-hander looked just as impressive lasting 7.2 innings and striking out nine and only walking one. Relieving the "Wings starter was Todd Lutz. He retired 12 straight, striking six out before giving up a double to Selwyn Langaigne with two outs in the eighth. Lutz was then relieved by closer Caleb Balbuena. He picked up his fifth save by getting all four batters he faced out, three via strikeout. The game looked like it might be a shootout as three runs were score in the first inning and a half. The 'Wings started things off by leadoff hitter Bub Bergstrom walking and coming around to score when Brian Nichols hit into a double play. The Aces tied the game up in the bottom half when Aces leadoff hitter hit a triple down the line in left field and then scored on a groundout by Patrick O'Sullivan. Harlingen scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the top of the second when three straight singles brought home Terry Roblez, giving the WhiteWings a 2-1 lead. The Aces travel to Laredo to take on the Broncos on Wednesday. The Aces will throw Alexis Sosa against the Broncos' Gregorio Martinez. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 PM.

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