Buck and Isaacson Mash Homers as Deep Dish Best Tully Monsters, 5-1

by Staff Writer


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By Jimmy Lynn

JOLIET, IL — The Chicago Deep Dish wrapped up their season on Sunday afternoon with a 5-1 win over the Joliet Tully Monsters. First baseman Grant Buck and designated hitter Peyton Isaacson provided the fireworks at the plate while the Deep Dish pitching staff and defense stifled the Tully Monsters lineup, allowing just three hits in the victory.

Buck and Isaacson recorded the longest hits of the afternoon for the Deep Dish. Buck launched a second-inning solo shot to deep left-center field for his third homer of the season, and Isaacson clobbered a two-out solo dinger of his own over the right field wall in the fourth inning. The designated hitter was 2-for-4 at the dish in the winning effort.

Right fielder Dalton Mitchell contributed to the Deep Dish win both at the plate and in the field. He was 1-for-2, lacing an RBI single to right field in the fifth inning. Mitchell also made the defensive play of the game: He retreated all the way back to the wall and timed his leap perfectly to rob Tully Monsters center fielder and birthday boy Alex McKenna of a two-run homer in the third inning. 

Shortstop Justin Jones batted in two runs for the Deep Dish in the victory. He went 1-for-3 with a walk, mashing an RBI double into left-center field in the fifth inning. His other RBI came in the first inning when he hit a sharp grounder and reached base on a Tully Monsters throwing error.

Austin Shea was effective in his start for the Deep Dish, earning his fifth win of the City of Champions Cup. He delivered five innings of one-run ball and struck out six. Shea ended his season with 41 strikeouts—the most of any Deep Dish pitcher in the City of Champions Cup.

Evan Flynn, Cyrillo Watson, Andrew Click and Pat McGowan each pitched a scoreless frame in relief for the Deep Dish. McGowan recorded two punchouts in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure the win.

The Tully Monsters scored their only run in the second inning of Sunday’s loss. Designated hitter Luke Mangieri led the inning off with a double down the right field line. He later scored on a past ball to briefly knot the score at one run apiece.

Joe Lienhard pitched four innings in his start for the Tully Monsters. The righthander allowed two earned runs and one unearned run on four hits and three walks. Lienhard struck out two and was saddled with his first loss of the summer. Sean Leland, Daniel Kight, Braxton Light and Kyle Johnson all posted scoreless outings out of the bullpen for the Tully Monsters.

With Sunday’s victory, the Deep Dish finished the 2020 City of Champions Cup in third place with a 10-17 record. Meanwhile, the Tully Monsters ended their season in second place with a 15-12 record following Sunday’s loss. The City of Champions Cup will conclude after Sunday’s 5:05 p.m. tilt between the Joliet Slammers and the NERDS Herd.


Game Recap:




Left on Base

Joliet Tully Monsters


Chicago Deep Dish


WP - Austin Shea (5-2)

LP - Joe Lienhard (3-1)

Today’s Merchants and Manufacturers Bank Player of the Game: Peyton Isaacson (2-4, HR, 1 RBI, 1 R)


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