SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - Former major leaguer Bill "Spaceman" Lee pitched a complete game on Thursday to help the San Rafael Pacifics defeat Na Koa Ikaika Maui 9-4 in both teams' regular-season finale before they meet in a three-game series for the North American League's North Division title, starting today.
The 65-year-old Lee went 119-90 with the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos from 1969 to 1982, and has played professionally on occasion since - most recently, before Thursday, was in the Can-Am League in 2010. He allowed eight hits against Na Koa, with no walks or strikeouts, and hit two batters. He also had an RBI single.
"I'm able to still do this," Lee was quoted as saying on on the Pacifics' website, "because I've never quit."
D.J. Dixon hit a three-run double and finished with four RBIs for San Rafael (32-25), Johnny Woodard was 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs, and Bunyu Maeda was 3-for-4 with a solo homer.
Keith Kandell was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Maui, which fell to 35-28.
Matt Walker (3-5) was the losing pitcher.
Maui ............ 000 ..... 030 ..... 100-4 ..... 8 ..... 0
San Rafael .. 000 ..... 013 ..... 32x-9 ..... 17 ..... 1
Matt Walker, Mike Koons (7), Vinnie St. John (8), David Jensen (8) and Alan Rick, Logan Kanamu (8). Bill Lee and D.J. Dixon. W-Lee 1-0. L-Walker 3-5. HR-San Rafael, Bunyu Maeda (5). 3B-San Rafael, Darrick Hale (2). 2B-Maui, Rick (5). San Rafael-Maikel Jova (10), Dixon (11), Zack Pace (11).
Leading hitters-Dixon 1-3, 4 RBI; Johnny Woodard 4-5, 2 runs; Maeda 3-4, RBI, run; Steve Boggs 2-5, run. Maui. Keith Kandell 2-4, 2 RBI.