The Bombers bats went cold as Firebirds starting pitcher Justin Holmes settled down after allowing one run in the first to pitch six scoreless innings on his way to the complete game win. He struck out nine batters and gave up six hits and four walks in the process.
"Their pitcher did a really good job," said Bombers head coach Matt Marshall. "He just made the pitches he had to. We had trouble hitting him all game."
Adam Riley, the Bombers' starting hurler, didn't fare quite as well as his counterpart. He allowed seven runs (five earned) in seven innings, while giving up 11 hits and walking nine.
Despite not having his best stuff, the Bombers' skipper wasn't disappointed with Riley's performance.
The Firebirds got all the runs they would need to clinch a victory in the top of the first. A leadoff walk to center fielder Travis Thurston, a single by Kenny Pilcola and another walk to Ryan Becker loaded up the bases with no outs. First baseman Ben Schnurbusch then made the Firebirds pay with a single that drove in Thurston and then Pilcola when the ball was mishandled in the outfield. Farmington tacked on one more in the inning to make it 3-0 on catcher Luke Garber's sacrifice fly that scored Becker.
The Bombers (12-24) scored their lone run in the bottom half of the first when a double by Brent Taleno sent first baseman Dan Robbins across the plate. The double would have plated two, but Scott DeLoach was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a two-bagger the play before.
From then on, Holmes was in control of the game, only allowing singles by Jared Elmore and DeLoach in the third and a triple by Robbins in the third. "We had a couple of hits here and there, but they were spread out," said Marshall. "We just couldn't put enough together."
The Firebirds (28-8) went on to score two more in the third. Three straight walks set up a sacrifice fly by Steve McCoy and a fielder's choice RBI by Holmes.
Holmes helped himself again in the top of the seventh when he led off with a hit and eventually scored when Thurston followed with a single that was bobbled in the outfield.
A sacrifice fly by Schnurbusch later in the inning gave Farmington its final run of the game to make it 7-1, which would be the final score.
With the two games played on Thursday being the last two home games of the year for the Bombers, Marshall spoke about the impression his team has left during the inaugural year of the league.
"I'm satisfied with what we did," Marshall said. "The guys battled the odds all year. Win or lose, they played hard every game. That's all you can ask."
Leading hitters for the Bombers were Robbins (2-4, triple), Taleno (1-2, double, walk, RBI) and Elmore (1-3, walk).
Leading hitters for the Firebirds were Schnurbusch (2-4, 2 RBI's), Thurston (2-4, walk, 2 runs) and Pilcola (2-4, walk, run).
Results for the second game of the double header were not available at press time.