Sweep avoided: D-days pitching shuts down Cats through eight innings

2012-07-31T03:15:00Z 2014-06-15T11:44:05Z Sweep avoided: D-days pitching shuts down Cats through eight inningsThe Citizen staff Auburn Citizen
July 31, 2012 3:15 am  • 

Brett Mooneyham and Robert Benincasa shut down one of the league's best offenses for eight innings, leading the Auburn Doubledays a 9-5 win over the Tri-City ValleyCats Monday.

Mooneyham retired 11 straight batters after giving up two hits in the first inning. Over six shutout innings, he gave up three hits for the win.

Robert Benincasa took over in the seventh, and allowed two hits and one walk over two scoreless innings. He struck out two.

In  the ninth, Benincasa was replaced by Bryan Harper, who had been out of action since July 15. He and Michael Boyden gave up five hits and five earned runs in the ninth, including a Jesse Qierzbicki three-run homer.

The Doubledays' Derek Self came in to register the final out, an Andrew Aplin swinging strikeout, for his seventh save of the season.

With the win, Auburn (25-16) avoids being swept by Tri-City and remains in first place of the Pinckney Division, 2.5 games ahead of State College.

After a day off today, Auburn will start a three game set at Staten Island.

While the ValleyCats' offense couldn't push across any runs until the ninth, the Doubledays' offense was consistent the entire game, scoring in four of the eight frames.

Eight Auburn players had hits, seven crossed the plate at least once and six had at least one RBI.

Mike McQuillan went 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored, including a two-run home run in the seventh inning.

Tony Renda and Khayyan Norfork each went 3-for-4. Renda had two RBI and a run scored, while Norfork had an RBI and two runs scored.

Estarlin Martinez and Wander Ramos each went 2-for-4, with Martinez scoring twice and Ramos crossing the plate once.

Craig Manuel, Wes Schill and Carlos Lopez also had RBI.

Martinez brought his hitting streak to 13 games, while Schill has hit safely in eight games.

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