05/31/2014 8:48 PM -
Lisle, Ill. – May 31, 2014 – The Northwest Indiana Oilmen suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday at DuPage, falling to the Hounds 8-1. The game started as pitchers’ duel between Oilmen starter Keith Mahler and Hounds starting pitcher Pat Cashman.
The Oilman started out the game with a leadoff single by Cincinnati stand out Rob Blissitt. That single was quickly erased when second basemen Kevin DeFilippis went for the first pitch and grounded into a double play.
The Hounds struck first in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Connor Kopach. It started to go downhill for the Oilmen by not being able to find any offense in the game, only scoring one run all game. It was 3-0 Hounds heading to the bottom of the sixth inning, where Oilmen starter Keith Mahler was finished for the night after going five innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits.
The next inning the hounds went on an offensive outburst in the sixth inning off Oilmen pitcher Aaron Glatt. Glatt only lasted 2/3 of an inning allowing five runs with key Hounds hits by Alex Cain and Clayton Johannees. Glatt pitched for the first time for the Oilmen and for the first time since pitching for Lake Central High School his senior year in 2013 after redshirting his freshman year at Dayton.
The Hounds ended up stranding a runner on third and second with two out charged to Glatt, as Danny Pobereyko came into the game and got a key third out to end the sixth inning.
“Great job by Danny on getting out of the inning,” manager Justin Huisman said. “That is what I signed him to do for us, to get us out of tough situations.”
The Oilmen were still unable to get any offense going through most of the game as Hounds starter Pat Cashman was dealing the entire game. Cashman went seven innings, only allowing three hits and striking out five.
“Their starter pitched really well. We will always have bumps in the road,” Huisman said. “Tomorrow is a new day we will come out stronger tomorrow.”
The Oilmen had runners on third and second in the eighth inning looking to be on the score board for the first time, but were not able to capitalize.
The Oilmen had one last chance to try to start a rally in the top of the ninth inning. With two outs, pitcher Bob Kametas hit a batter and threw a four pitch walk. Nick Schneider got the Oilmen on the scoring board in the ninth inning with a two out double scoring one. Kametas got Gasser out to end the game as the Hounds defeated the Oilmen 8-1.
The next Oilmen game is Sunday, June 1, as they travel to Lexington to play the Snipes at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NWIOilmen.com and AM 1230 WJOB.
The Oilmen return home on Wednesday, June 4 for the first of three straight home dates. The Oilmen host Oilman Stan’s Birthday Celebration as they battle the Michigan City Lakers on Friday, June 6 at 7:10 p.m.