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Despite that, Milano actually was pleased with his team’s pitching. Starter Gianni Morgan retired the first five batters he faced before surrendering back-to-back triples during a three-run third inning. Hertogs got the victory despite giving up six runs and six hits in two innings, though only one of the runs was earned.
“I think our first two guys did a nice job,” Milano said. “We didn’t make plays. We threw the ball way, didn’t execute rundowns, didn’t make plays on balls to the outfield.
The Dukes, who twice trailed by four runs, took advantage to score three runs in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a 9-7 lead, though they left the bases loaded in the fifth.
But the Roadrunners were relentless at the plate and batted around in the top of the sixth, scoring five times to retake the lead. Troy Siranovic tripled in two runs to tie the game and scored the go-ahead run on Zach Carmignani’s groundout.