Caps drop series finale to Waterloo

Monday, June 15, 2009

Plaza Tire lost 5-1 despite outhitting the Millers.

The Plaza Tire Capahas more than doubled the hits of Waterloo (Ill.) on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series, but the Millers posted a 5-1 home victory.

Waterloo, which had only four hits to Plaza Tire's nine, won the series as it split a doubleheader with the Capahas on Saturday.

Chad Musso scattered nine hits in 8 1/3 innings to post the win. He struck out nine and walked two.

"He pitched an excellent ballgame," Capahas manager Jess Bolen said. "He was around the plate all day and got ahead in the count. Still, with nine hits, yout expect to score more than one run."

Jamie McAlister took the loss, allowing four runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings. All but one run was earned and he struck out four and walked six. He was relieved in a three-run sixth by Matt Carter, who allowed one hit and one unearned run over the final 2 1/3 innings.

After Waterloo (11-2) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, the Capahas (5-4) tied the score in the top of the sixth on three consecutive one-out singles. Sean Bard provided the third hit, which scored Matt Wagner, who went 3-for-4. Bard and Josh Eftink, who had also singled, were ultimately stranded as the Capahas left nine runners on base for the game.

McAlister tried to help his cause by going 2-for-3 at the plate.

Waterloo regained the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth.

The Capahas return to action Tuesday when they visit the Charleston Riverdogs for a 7 p.m. contest.

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