Colin Barber, Deep Dish Erupt in Seventh Inning, Rout Tully Monsters 16-3

by Staff Writer


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JOLIET, IL — The Chicago Deep Dish, fueled by a nine-run seventh inning that included two home runs from right fielder Colin Barber, defeated the Joliet Tully Monsters 16-3 in Saturday afternoon's City of Champions Cup contest. Though the final score was lopsided, the outcome was not apparent until the Deep Dish offense's late eruption, with the first six innings containing three lead changes.

Including Barber's pair, the Deep Dish bashed four home runs in the contest. Center fielder Brandon Riley clobbered a two-run shot to give the Deep Dish a 3-1 lead in the second inning, and left fielder Andre Nnebe crushed a two-run homer of his own to pile onto the lead in the seventh inning. Barber blasted a two-run homer in his first seventh-inning at bat, and followed later in the frame with a three-run moonshot. 

Starting pitcher Vladimir Nunez had a solid outing for the Deep Dish, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings pitched. He struck out two.

After Nunez exited, the Deep Dish bullpen cruised through three shutout innings to end the game. (The ninth inning would not be played due to the time limit.) Former Major League pitcher Brock Stewart, a new addition to the Deep Dish roster, pitched a scoreless sixth inning with two strikeouts in his debut, earning the win. Andrew Click followed with a 1-2-3 seventh inning, and James Whiteman relieved him with a clean eighth inning including a punchout.

Starting pitcher Tyler Jones gave the Tully Monsters a chance to win with his solid start. He pitched 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out 5. The bullpen, unfortunately, could not keep the game close after Jones exited. Reliever Daniel Kight was tagged with the loss after allowing an earned run across one-third of an inning pitched.

Among the Deep Dish's many hot bats was catcher Erik Ostberg's. He was 3-for-4 at the dish with two singles, a double, an RBI and two runs scored, raising his City of Champions Cup-leading batting average to .455. Shortstop Justin Jones contributed two hits, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI.

First baseman Luke Mangieri batted in two of the Tully Monsters' three runs with sacrifice flies, though his fifth inning sacrifice fly barely stayed in the park. Right fielder Alex McKenna had a productive game for the Tully Monsters as well: He hit an RBI single and recorded an impressive outfield assist.

With the win, the Deep Dish took possession of third place in the City of Champions Cup, while the second-place Tully Monsters fell to 6-5 with the loss. The Deep Dish will chase their third consecutive win against the first-place Joliet Slammers at 12:05 p.m. on Sunday, while the Tully Monsters hope to bounce back in their next game against the fourth-place NERDS Herd at 5:05 p.m. on Sunday.

Game Recap:

RunsHitsErrorsLeft on Base
Tully Monsters3706
Deep Dish

WP - Brock Stewart (1-0)

LP - Daniel Kight (0-1)

Today’s Merchants and Manufacturers Bank Player of the Game: RF Colin Barber (3-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB)

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