Thursday, July 5, 2007

Funchion Pitches No-Hitter, Generals Beat Townies

Judd Funchion pitches a no-hitter as the Hamilton Generals beat the Rockport Townies 8-0, in 5 innings. The game was shortened due to the weather, but Funchion was rolling and had all his pitches working. The way things were going, the final 6 outs were probably just a formality anyway. Funchion only walked one, and it came with two outs in the top of the fifth on a full count pitch. The walk ended the perfect game bid, but the next hitter was retired securing the no-hitter. The rain and lighting moved in in the bottom of the fifth during a Generals rally, officially ending the game.

The Generals scored 6 runs in the fourth inning. Tom Jones had a 2-RBI double, a wild throw then allowed him to come all the way around from second. A total of 3 scored on the one play. Jim Maloney later added a 3-run home run to left. In the fifth the Generals added two more. With the bases still loaded and two outs, the game was then called.

Judd Funchion was the story though, pitching 5 complete hitless innings to pick up the victory. Vassallo was charged with the loss. The season series is over now for the two teams with the Townies taking 3 of the 4 games. Perhaps they will meet in the playoffs for the second straight year, time will tell as the second half of the season plays out.