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Mathews’ Two-hitter Propels Angels Past Reds, 4-1

April 19, 2007 — The Angels' Evanston Mathews pitched a two-hitter Wednesday night to beat the Reds, 4-1, in the Elmo Plaskett East Little League mid-week action.
Mathews gave up one run in the top of the first on an RBI single by Jose Cerillo, then settled down to pitch four scoreless innings before giving way to a reliever.
The game, played at the D.C. Canegata ball park, started out as a pitching duel between Mathews and Reds ace Steven Rodriguez. In fact, Rodriguez appeared just as sharp, if not the sharper of the two, early in the game. He struck out five of the first seven hitters he faced, striking out the side in the second inning.
After Mathews got even by striking out the Reds in the top of the third, the Angels finally got on the board in bottom of the inning when Selwin Gonzalez scored from third on a passed ball to knot the game at one after three innings.
After a scoreless fourth, Mathews again set the Reds down in order in the top of the fifth, two coming by way of strikeouts. Rodriguez, who was also sailing along nicely, pitching a very good ball game, had the wheels come off in the bottom of the inning when he was severely bitten by the wildness bug.
He gave up an RBI single to Pedro Gonzalez, but also had four walks in the inning and his defense did not help much either, committing two costly errors. The Angels scored two unearned runs on account of those errors for a total of three in the inning to lead 4-1 after five completed innings.
Mathews, having reached the maximum amount of pitches he is allowed under Little League rules for a game, gave way to the hard-throwing Lakeshawn Graham, who blew away the Reds in the top of the sixth inning, striking out the side, to secure the win.
Mathews picked up the win for the Angels, striking out nine in five innings, while Rodriguez, who finished with seven Ks, got the loss for the Reds.
Top hitters for the Angels were Gonzalez (1-for-1 with an RBI) and Aleem Tyson (1-for-2). For the Reds, Ceirillo was 1-for-2 with one RBI and Reynaldo Sierra was 1-for-2.

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