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Cubs win game one of the DH 11-7

The Cubs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game one of their double header.
Tony Nardacci singled; Shawn Martin walked, and Jerry Rosen followed with a 2-RBI double down the left field line.
Mike Girard singled and the Cubs had a 3-0 lead before the Atlanta Baseball starting pitcher could record an out.

The home team got one run back, in the bottom of the inning, off of Cubs' starter Steve Lounello. Steve would settle
in and make that the only run he would give up in his 4 innings of work.

The Cubs pushed the lead to 6-1 in the top of the 4th. Rosen singled to get things going. After one out, Dave Mitchell
singled. With two outs, Pete Geanellis doubled home both runners. Tim Brown would single Geanellis to third. One pitch later,
the Cubs executed a perfect "Lame Duck" play and Geanellis scored the third run of the inning.

Pete took over on the mound for the next two innings and held the Atlanta scoreless in his stint on the mound.
Meanwhile, the Cubs pushed the lead to 9-1, with another 3 runs in the 6th inning. Mitchell singled, Martone walked, and Geanellis singled
driving in Mitchell (on a head first dive). Ralph Caputo singled home Martone, and an Atlanta error forced in the final run of the inning.

The 8th inning saw the Cubs push the lead to 11-1. Shawn Martin started the rally with a double; Rosen traded places with Martin on a RBI double.
After Girard was hit by a pitch, a wild pitch moved both runners up a base. Mitchell followed with a sac fly, and the Cubs were up 11-1.

Girard came on to pitch the 8th, and gave up a run in the 8th on his own bad throw to second on what should have been an inning ending double play.
The 9th saw Girard struggle with his control, walking a batter and hitting another. Mix in two singles, a double and a couple of errors, and the
game was now at 11-7. Ron Massaroni was called on to restore order and he got the final two outs on the first two batters he faced, and the Cubs walked
off with a 11-7 victory. Their record improved to 2-0, and it was on the the second game of the DH, vs the 2-0 Nova Scotia Giants.

Michael J. Girard
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