Pie leads Ra'anana past TA

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
August 9, 2007 05:48
1 minute read.

After becoming the first pitcher in IBL history to throw a no-hitter earlier this season, Esequier Pie became the first pitcher to throw two no-hitters on Wednesday night with Ra'anana Express's 2-0 victory over the Tel Aviv Lightning. The Dominican righty also struck out 12 batters and walked five. Ra'anana scored their first run in the first inning off a solo home run from leftfielder Ben Field, his fourth of the season. First baseman Matt Castillo of Phoenix, Arizona added two hits to raise his average to .326. Prior to Pie's gem, the two teams played the home run derby of their July 31st game, which was suspended with a 5-5 score. Ra'anana won the tiebreaking derby 5-2 to win the game 6-5. Meanwhile, the Beit Shemesh Blue Sox and the Modi'in Miracle played in one of the season's wildest games, which was suspended after 61⁄2 innings due to darkness with the Sox leading 14-13. It was a back and forth game with slugging from both teams. For Beit Shemesh, Californian shortstop Gregg Raymundo went 3-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI, and two runs scored. Dominican Eladio Rodriguez came back from injury for the Miracle to go 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. The Petah Tikva Pioneers came back in the seventh inning to beat the Netanya Tigers 5-4 in the first of a doubleheader. Netanya came back in the second game to beat the Petah Tikva 14-9. Catcher Michael Ibbitson led the way by going 3-for-4 with three RBI while centerfielder Bryan Pinchuk also went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. Ryan Forsythe and Dan Rootenberg combined for three hits and a homer apiece as Ami Baran's club wins its 14th game of the season.


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