Devin Adams Leads Miramar To A Shutout Victory
The Miramar Patriots hosted the South Broward Bulldogs Thursday in a non-district match up that turned into a pitchers duel. The Patriots jumped out to the early lead in the first inning and Devin Adams shut down the Bulldogs offense on their way to a 2-0 victory.
The Patriots (5-10-1) came into the game looking to snap a three-game winless streak against the talented Bulldogs (12-10), who were fresh off a celebration of manager Charlie Cardinale’s 400th victory on Wednesday night.
Ricardo Amaya gave the Patriots a 1-0 lead in the first when he sent a single to center field to bring home Xavier Rodriguez. Devin Adams took over from there, keeping the Bulldogs’ hitters guessing all night with a complete game, one-hitter. Adams threw 86 pitches over seven innings, allowing a hit and a walk, while striking out seven in the shutout.
“Tonight, he threw the ball well,” Patriots manager Mario Rodriguez said of Adams. “He was focused on the job at hand. He can be green at times but his work ethic will put him over the top.”
Chris Opitz started the game and pitched well for the Bulldogs in picking up the loss. Opitz was tagged with a run early but finished the day throwing 49 pitches over four innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out three. Stephen Richards spelled him in the fifth, going two innings, allowing no runs and striking out two.
The Patriots (5-10-1) added a second run in the bottom of the third inning when a fielders choice allowed Adams to reach base and for Angel Ortiz to score from third. Adams didn’t allow a base runner for the rest of the game and the Patriots held on for the victory.
“It’s been a long season,” said Rodriguez. “But Devin and some others are having a very nice year. Seeing Devin and the potential he has is great. He is easy to coach, on and off the field. He pulls for everyone to do well, as one of the team leaders.”