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Rookie arms close out Glendale Angelenos win

Baseball: Angelenos take 4-3 win over Long Beach on strength of big Tellesco hit.

June 29, 2012|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Neither Chris Stroh or Julian Jarrad are one of the 25 pitchers listed on the Glendale Angelenos roster, but they were both called upon by Angelenos Coach Tony Riviera to close out Friday's game.

While the pair let one run slip through, Jarrad retired the final two batters of the game to pick up the save in the 4-3 victory over Long Beach Legend at Stengel Field.

"Stroh has been fantasy pitching in the outfield the entire season and I got a little tired of seeing it so I thought I'd let him put his money where his mouth is," said Riviera, whose team improved to 19-6 with the win. "We try to do stuff differently all the time to make the team feel a little bit loose and confident. Julian Jarrad is a guy who should be pitching and we are starting to get him ready for Glendale college next season by getting him some innings."

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The Angelenos were forced to come from behind for the win yet again Friday. Long Beach scratched out the first two runs of the game and Glendale didn't take the lead until the bottom of the eighth inning when Matthew Tellesco drove in two runs with a bloop single to right field to put the Angelenos ahead for good, 4-2.

"We seem to come from behind and win a lot of games and when you can do that you have all the confidence in the world that you're not real concerned," Riviera said. "We played extremely good baseball."

There was also no concern on Riviera's part when Tellesco came to bat with two outs and the bases loaded.

"It was a professional at-bat," Riviera said. "When Matty came to the plate I knew right then and there he was going to get it done. I knew deep down inside, I would have been surprised if he didn't deliver."

Long Beach seemed to have Glendale contained in the bottom of the eighth until the Angelenos' Sako Chapjian took first base with one out on a dropped third strike. Glendale designated hitter Nicholas LaFace lined a single to left field to put Chapjian at second and John Schwer drew a walk to load the bases.

A Ruben Padilla strikeout gave the Angelenos two outs, which left it all up to Tellesco, who watched the first pitch before going the other way to score two runs.

"I was just looking for a fastball and I didn't get it the first time so I just waited back on it and put a pretty good swing on it," Tellesco said. "I was trying to go opposite field, as soon as I hit it I knew it had a good shot at getting down."

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