Stewart Lovdal's job was to stop the Hamilton rally.
What he did, was go on to pitch the next 2.2 innings in this August 1990 game, without giving up a hit. He also held on long enough for Batavia to come back for the win, Lovdal picking up the "W," according to a box score on CharliesBallparks.com.
That win was one of two Lovdal picked up that year for short-season Batavia. It was also one of just four he picked up during his brief two-season pro career as that season with Batavia was his last as a pro.
Lovdal's career began in 1989, signed by the Phillies as an undrafted free agent out of his native Cincinnati.
With the Phillies, Lovdal started at rookie Martinsville, getting into 22 games in relief. In those 22 games, Lovdal notched two wins and three losses. He also posted a 5.57 ERA.
For 1990, Lovdal moved to short-season Batavia. In 19 outings there, three starts, Lovdal went 2-4, with a 3.59 ERA. His professional career would end after that, his second season.
What Lovdal has done since isn't exactly clear, however, a profile on NASAMidwest.com suggests he's gone into real estate, with a hobby of racing.
That Stewart Lovdal is listed as from Cincinnati and with other interests that include baseball, going to Reds games. His occupation is listed as a landlord. With the National Auto Sport Association, No. 40 Lovdal is listed as having driven at Putnam Park and at Watkins Glen.
Made the Majors:
680 - 57.1%
Never Made Majors: 511-42.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 293
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 174