By Richard Devine
Over 4,000 fans showed up at Legion Park in Great Falls, Mont. to see a fourth of July match up between the hometown Dodgers and the Pioneer League leading Provo Angels.
Dodger fans enjoyed fireworks from both teams through the first five innings, but thanks to a stingy Angel bullpen there was no explosive finale to end the night, as the Angels edged the Dodgers 4-3.
Starting pitcher Pedro Liriano improved to 4-0 on the season, giving up seven hits and no earned runs in five innings of work. Great Falls put up all three of their runs on Angel errors.
Provo was trailing 3-2 heading into the top half of the fifth. But with two outs, the Angels” Ed Tolzien singled in two runs to go ahead 4-3.
Relievers Mark O”Sullivan and Kris Sutton preserved the fragile one-run lead, combining for four scoreless innings on just two hits.
O”Sullivan blanked the Dodgers for three innings, setting up Sutton in the ninth, who put the game on ice for his second save.
“You”re going to give up your singles, you just have to keep working, and get your outs too,” Sutton said.
The Angels have now gone 3-1 during the first four games of an important road trip, improving their record to 15-4.
Provo fans can enjoy more summer nights with America”s pastime at Larry H. Miller Field when the Angels return for a three-game stand against the same Great Falls Dodgers, July 11-13.