Ohio Oxen hurler A.C. Deucey rung up nine Battle Creek batters while holding them to just five hits on his way to his first complete game shutout since 2010, his first with the Oxen, today.
The veteran allowed no walks as he threw 111 pitches. With the win decision, he ties teammate Frasor Clause at the top of the Lake League wins leader board.
His 13 wins is a career high, and the 33-year-old is also setting other personal achievement records this year, including career-best ERA (2.39) and WHIP (0.99). He broke the 100 strikeout mark for the first time in his playing career, as well.
The Ohio pitcher, who now improves to 13-2 on the year, had help from all through the batting order, including a 3-for-4 contribution from CF Corny Maise, who doubled twice, and a big two-run homer from plate-minder Tyrone O’Saurus.
As if the 6-0 loss wasn’t bad enough for Battle Creek, the team lost the promising RF John Dyke when he was injured playing a Craig Gnarly line drive ball, when he tried to throw out runner Corrosive Joseph, who was safe at third on the play. Dyke was replaced by David Gomes, who went 0-for-3.
Afterwards, the team announced that Dyke had torn a thumb ligament and would miss the rest of the season as he expects to recover over the next 2-3 months. He was placed on the 60-day DL.
Ohio remains 3½ games ahead of Rimouski, who earlier beat Toronto 4-3. Ohio split their last series with the Battle Creek Attack at the beginning of August, and lost 2 of 3 to them back in July. With their series split in June, the Oxen are now even with the Attack. This last series of the year between the divisional foes continues tomorrow and Thursday.