Pregame: Gulls @ Navigators

The Game

The Navigators have won four of their last five after last night’s 10-9 walk-off victory in the 10th inning over the Mystic Schooners. Meanwhile, the Newport Gulls have dropped three straight following last night’s 5-4 setback in 10 innings at Danbury. As a result, North Shore is even with the Gulls in the win column and just a game back of Newport for first-place in the Eastern Division. Newport does own a 3-1 record against North Shore in 2011.

Starting Pitchers
NS – RHP Junior Mendez (2-0, 3.38)
NEW – LHP Ryan Strufing (0-1, 6.00)
Right-hander Junior Mendez (So. New Hampshire) will make his fourth start of the season tonight. He currently has a 2-0 record with a 3.38 ERA in 10 appearances this summer. In his last outing, he allowed four runs on 10 hits over five innings but still got the victory in a 9-5 win over Keene. Lefty Ryan Strufing makes just his second start of the season tonight at Fraser for the Gulls. His first start came all the way back on June 10 in Newport against the Navigators, who roughed him up for six runs – four earned – on six hits over just two innings in a 12-1 victory. Strufing has made four appearances since then, but all have come out of the bullpen.

The Lineup
Cody Dent ss
Matt McGovern rf
Eric Jagielo lf
Dario Pizzano dh
Conner Mach 3b
Eric Williams 1b
Clinton Harwick 2b
Chase Harrison c
Saulyer Saxon cf

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