Capitals manager Patrick Scalabrini will rely on his best player, Panamanian Abdiel Saldana, for the fifth and final game of the Frontier Baseball League final against the Otters, Sunday in Evansville.
“I like confrontation,” Scalabrini admitted on Saturday evening after his team’s agonizing 3-2 defeat in Game 4. “We will play with our starting player, who had four days off as usual, against his player who played in the second game, on Wednesday, or even our fourth player who only had three days off. Obviously, this face-to-face encounter on the mound benefits us.”
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During his final season, Saldana shined with a 7-2 record and a 1.72 ERA. In the playoffs, Saldana first saw rain cut his first inning into four innings in the opener against the New Jersey Jackals in the semifinals. He then allowed two runs in six innings in the first game of the final against the Otters last Tuesday in Quebec, in a 7-6 win.
Frank Muscatello said: “Abdil is an excellent player, and I deal with him before any other player in the league, regardless of who he faces.” We have confidence in him and all the other players on our team. »
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In addition to Saldana, the Catals can count on Muscatello, the Frontier League reliever of the year, in the decider, who did not play in the two games presented in Evansville, Friday and Saturday.
“I’m ready to go, I was ready if necessary on Saturday, and I’ll be ready again tomorrow [dimanche]The Savior pointed out. Every time I step on the hill, I have to get the job done. If it’s the ninth inning, I have three points. The idea is to do my job, like every other player on the field. »
“It’s great,” Muscatello concluded, “We have to play a match that will determine the fate of our entire season.” In a funny way, I would like to point out that we will get our salaries another day. It’s a funny way to look at it, but the idea is to stay positive. »
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