Pat Shanahan (above) silenced the Somerville Albrandis
Malden, MA - The Malden Bulldogs, behind a strong pitching performance from Patrick Shanahan, continue to dominate as they beat Ted Williams Division rival Somerville Albrandis tonight by a final of 5-1.
The left-hander from Haverhill, MA limited the Albrandis to just two hits over his six innings of work. Somerville managed just one unearned run of off the dominate Shanahan, who improved to 4-0 with the victory. Shanahan struck out nine and walked four. Recent Wheaton College graduate, Jon Shepard came in to seal the victory in the seventh.
"It was a good victory for us." said Shanahan after the win. "I felt confident on the mound all night and located my pitches where I wanted them. I can't take all the credit, Joey (Eugenio) called a terrific game."
Malden opened the game with three runs in the first inning off of Somerville's Sean Gildea. Anthony Perry led off the frame with a two strike double to center. He was followed by a base hit to right by Evan Tardugno. After a strikeout, Brad Tardugno launched a 0-1 offering over the right-center field fence for his third home run of 2010.
Somerville would score its only in the third inning. Adjatay Nyadjroh came around to score after a Bulldog error. Nyadjroh finished the night 2-for-3 with a stolen base.
Malden would add runs in the fifth and sixth to account for the five runs, all off of Gildea who suffered his first defeat of 2010.
In the fifth, Malden catcher Joey Eugenio walked and was moved over to second on a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt by second basemen Luis Lara. Eugenio came around to score on Perry's base hit that hit off of the third base bag.
Tom Englehardt scored the fifth Malden run after he reached base on a walk. Rookie and Eastern Connecticut product Hunter Caron laced a 2-1 pitch into left-center which brought Englehardt home.
With the victory, Malden improves to 15-2-0 on the season while Somerville falls to 12-4-1. Malden will return to the cozy confines of Maplewood Park next Tuesday night, July 6, as they host the Beacon Hill Dodgers. Game time is set for 8pm.
News and Notes:
Brad Tardugno's three run home run in the first is his third of 2010, that is the All Time Malden Bulldog record for Home Runs in a season.... He also became the first Bulldog to homer in back-to-back games... Rookie Hunter Caron collected two more hits and improves to an impressive 7-for-9 with five RBIs since June 22nd... With nine strikeouts tonight, Shanahan now has the most strikeouts in the YBL with 43... Shanahan has struck out 43 batters in 25.2 innings pitched, that's a 1.68 SO/IP ratio - the best in the YBL... Other Bulldogs that are leading the YBL are: Anthony Perry (Runs Scored - 22), Brad Tardugno (HR - 3, RBI - 26), Jonathan Pollard (BB - 21, OBP - .647), Jason Paul (ERA - 0.33)...