The SwampDogs battled hard all night long, but they never quite got over the hump against the Peninsula Pilots.
Fayetteville had an unbelievable ending to the game. With a 4-3 lead heading into the eighth inning, the Pilots would add one more insurance run. After a leadoff walk, bunt and a single, Zachary Lopes (Deleware) drove in the insurance run after an RBI flyout to center to give the Pilots a two-run lead heading into the home half of the eighth.
Then the game got interesting. With a big storm approaching from the south, Derek Gibson (Southeast Missouri) drew a lead-off walk and Ryan Nagle (Illinois) clobbered a double that tucked just inside the left field line to move Gibson over to third. Brian Celsi (California) and Adam Walton (Illinois) would drive those two home before the inning ended.
With a 5-5 ball game heading into the final inning, the SwampDogs put their closer Travis Hissong on the mound in an attempt to give their bats one more chance before heading into extra innings. Hissong hit the first batter he faced on the first pitch, threw a wild pitch and moved the go-ahead run over to third base after he mishandled a bunt.
Josh Silver (Lee) would single two batters later and the Pilots drove in one more run that inning to make it a 7-5 game. That lead would hold as the SwampDogs lost 7-5 for only their third time at home.
Kevin Archbold (Albany) threw five plus innings in his third start and he allowed four runs, two of them earned.
Nagle, Celsi and Daniel Nevares (Binghamton) all finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. The SwampDogs are back at home tomorrow to take on the Catawba Valley Stars.
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