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Wild Things forced into fifth game

| Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005

The Washington Wild Things will return home tomorrow for the decisive final game of their East Division playoff series after losing Game 4 to the Chillicothe Paints, 6-2.

Washington had the first chance to open the scoring when it loaded the bases with one out in the first inning, but Paints pitcher Luke Palmer escaped the inning without giving up a run. Palmer (1-0) pitched 52/3 innings striking out six, while surrendering only one run to record the win.

The Paints opened the scoring in the second on a Josh Uri RBI single, scoring John Ramistella. Chillicothe added another run in the third, and two more in the fourth on back-to-back RBI hits by Noah Peery and Steve Martin.

Washington managed to score one in the fifth on Mike Arbinger's RBI single, but in the sixth the Wild Things again loaded the bases and failed to score. For the game, the Wild Things left 13 runners on base.

Washington closed to within 4-2 in the top of the eighth, when Pat O'Brien drove in a run with a pinch-hit single, but Chillicothe pulled away for good in the bottom of the inning with two more RBI singles, by Jeff Funaro and Brian Hipps.

The series' fifth game is scheduled for a 6:35 p.m. start at Falconi Field.

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