The Martella’s Pharmacy bats suddenly found some pop in the fifth inning during Tuesday night’s AAABA League game against Altoona’s Johnston Realty.
Three hits in the inning broke up a no-hitter and produced the lone run during a rain-shortened contest at Point Stadium.
The weather followed suit, quickly changing from blue skies on a hot and humid afternoon to a dark, extremely windy and rainy evening with the Pharmacy batting in the bottom of the sixth.
The foul weather halted play and Martella’s won 1-0, handing Johnston Realty its first loss in five interleague games this season.
“It’s one of those things. It’s baseball,” Martella’s manager Chris Pfeil said after his team won its 10th consecutive game and improved to 15-5 overall.
“Fortunately for us we were the team on top. We had all the faith in the world that (pitcher) Mike Mulvey was going out there and getting the final three outs.
“It’s one of those things you’ll never know, but that’s the game,” he added. “Sometimes the weather hurts you and sometimes the weather helps you.”
The right-handed Mulvey was solid in five innings of relief.
He entered in the top of the second after his brother, lefty Tim Mulvey, had thrown a scoreless first inning against Altoona.
“Mike was absolutely outstanding for us on the mound,” Pfeil said.
Mike Mulvey improved to 5-0 while striking out four and walking one. He gave up four hits.
“Our pitching has been absolutely incredible,” Pfeil said. “That’s our ninth shutout of the season.”
Johnston Realty right-hander Garret Peterson was just as effective, especially through four hitless innings.
The Slippery Rock hurler and former Minnesota Twins draft pick (2011) faced only the minimum number of batters through four innings because Jordan Giannini was picked off after reaching on a second-inning error.
“He did a good job of moving the ball in and out and he kept us off balance,” Pfeil said. “He’s a seasoned pitcher. He’s a kid who was drafted out of high school. He has a quality arm. Fortunately Tony (Strasiser) got on and Pat Gully drove the ball the other way to get the runners on second and third, and Luke (Williams) punched the ball through a drawn up infield.”
Martella’s plated its run in the bottom of the fifth. Strasiser singled and Giannini hit into a fielder’s choice to reach base.
Gully doubled to right, and Williams poked a single up the middle, scoring Giannini.
The storm wiped out the second game at the Point between Berkley Hills Renegades and Laurel Auto Group.
At Roxbury Park, the rain forced postponement of Delweld and Ophthalmic Associates’ late game.
Altoona’s Ketrow edged First Commonwealth 2-1 in the early game at Roxbury.
Martella’s Pharmacy 15, First Commonwealth 5 (5): In Monday’s late game at the Point, Martella’s scored five first-inning runs and then overcame First Commonwealth’s five-run second inning en route to a mercy-rule victory.
Dillon Boyer went 3-for-5 with two runs and a run batted in, and Matt McMillen went
2-for-3 with two runs and three RBI.
Pat Gully had two hits, including a double and two RBI, and Anthony Fanelli drove in three runs.
John Pudliner singled for First Commonwealth’s lone hit.