"Hopefully, this gets us back on pace a little bit and gets us realizing that we're capable of playing good ball, although we didn't play great tonight,'' said Estel. "Good pitching kept us in it. We had timely hitting finally. We hadn't been hitting the ball. We got shut out Saturday, scored one run the day before. We're just not hitting.''
The Dots (6-5) rapped out nine hits, committed five errors and stranded 10 runners to continue their problems of leaving too many runners on base. Through their first 10 games, they averaged eight runners left on.
"We'd been telling them that we're a good ballclub,'' said Estel, "but we've been playing to the level of our competition.''
Payne pitched the first five innings, allowing six hits, four (unearned) runs and three walks. Frampton pitched the final two, allowing a hit and no walks.
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