The Toronto Maple Leafs bounced back from one of their worse losses ever on Wednesday night, beating the Oshawa Dodgers 4-2.
Doug Dimma pitched six strong innings and Gamin Teague homered and drove in two runs as the Leafs improved to 7-3 and moved a half game ahead of the Dodgers (7-4) into third place after allowing 10 runs in the ninth inning in a 15-10 loss to Barrie.
Dimma allowed two runs on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks and Yole Reina tossed two shutout innings before Jeff Reeves – who allowed seven runs without getting an out on Sunday – got the last three outs for the save.
It was a short outing for Oshawa ’s sensational young pitcher, 15-year- old Evan Grills, who entered the game with a 2-1 record and an ERA of 1.80. Grills lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on two hits with five walks and three strikeouts and left trailing the game 3-1. Teague hit a solo homer in the third and walked with the bases loaded in the fourth as the Leafs made the most of just three hits. Brian Ivan’s RBI double in the fourth and Jermey Walker’s RBI groundout in the fifth accounted for the Leafs other runs.
Steve Wickens hit a solo homer to lead off the game and had two of Oshawa ’s five hits.