Minor league pitcher from Dudley works crucial 8th inning

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Aaron Fossas played a crucial role out of the Lookouts bullpen on Friday night, helping secure a win for his team.

Fossas, a right-hander from Dudley who pitches for the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, came into a tied game in the eighth inning with the middle of the Biloxi Shuckers lineup due to hit.

He was able to induce Biloxi’s Dillon Thomas to ground out to second base for the first out. Shuckers cleanup hitter Weston Wilson, who had already driven in a pair of runs in the game, drove a double to right field off Fossas. In danger of surrendering the potential go-ahead run late in the game, Fossas retired C. J. Hinojosa on a pop-up to right field for the second out. The threat was then neutralized as Patrick Leonard grounded out to shortstop to end the inning with the game stilled knotted, 6-6.

The game would remain tied into the bottom of the ninth inning, when back-to-back singles opened the frame, followed by an error at third base to load the bases with nobody out. Chattanooga’s Tyler Stephenson drew a walk-off walk, forcing Narciso Crook across the plate with the winning run.

Fossas worked one inning, giving up one hit and throwing eight of 11 pitches for strikes. He is now 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 13 strikeouts in 12 innings over seven relief appearances. His ERA was inflated by a rough outing earlier this week.

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