American trumps National in LL final as Rangers beat Twins
Updated 1:09 pm, Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Harrington struck out five of seven batters he faced, allowing just one hit. However, the Rangers scored two in the third inning against Twins' pitcher Robbie Farruggio. Jake Stackpole led off the third with a single and was sacrificed to second by Michael Ghiorzi.
Harrington, who had three hits in the game, homered in the fourth to cut the Rangers' lead to 2-1. But in the bottom of the fourth, the Rangers added three more runs to break the game open. Danny Kiernan and Chris Ray each reached on infield singles, and Ben Ertel walked to load the bases and Kiernan scored on a wild pitch to put the Rangers up 3-1.
Ghiorzi drove in Ray with an RBI groundout and Meury doubled home Ertel to put the American team up 5-1.
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All the while, the Rangers' pitching was dominant. Ghiorzi struck out two of three in relief of Meury in the fifth.
But in the sixth, the Twins rallied, scoring twice. Jack Murphy and Mike Whiting singled and Harrington singled to score Murphy. However, Stackpole robbed Farruggio with a lunging catch that saved two runs. The Twins added one more run, but could not score more, and the Rangers won the town title for the American side.