The Games were as Hot as the Weather
Cardinals 4 – Orioles 2
As July comes to a close, the HDL teams are providing some interesting twists to the season. Several players on each team are being asked to play just about anywhere to fill spots on defense, the pitching mound and in the batting order. For two weeks in a row team managers have had to be flexible to fill their lineup cards. Larry Rutledge was one of the missing players on the Orioles team as family priorities caused him to miss the game against the Cardinals.
The Orioles were short first string players for 2 weeks straight. The Cardinals had a fairly consistent turnout the past 2 weeks and it worked to their advantage, especially since Cesar Roman was able to attend the game and got his chance to start for the Cards as PW and Skinner are still being cautious with their golden arms.
Cesar was sharp from the git-go as no Orioles scored until the 5th inning. By that time the Cardinals had plated 3 runners to take the lead. The Orioles had to use Bo McMinn for 2 weeks in a row as he is still limited as to where he can play on defense. Bo did another great job keeping the Orioles in the game. After the Cards scored a run in top of 1st on a bases loaded walk, Bo had 3 K’s in top of 2nd inning. But Cards had a big inning in top of 3rd inning when Cesar Roman hit a 2 out single for 2 RBI’s. Bo went the distance only giving up 4 runs but the Orioles left 11 men on base and that showed how well Cesar and Otis Edwards did in relief to get his 1st “Save” of the season.
Cardinals – Michael Hudson – (2/3), Otis Edwards – (2/2) Orioles – John McPhail – (2/3), Cesar Cabrera (2/2)
Cardinals: Cesar Roman 5 IP, 6 Hits, 7 K’s 4 BB’s, 1 Run; Orioles: Bo McMinn – 6 IP, 10 K’s, 6 BB’s 8 Hits
CDS Athletics 11 – Lomax Dodgers 5
Game two was a game of 10 players against 11. Neither team was 100% and several position players got a chance to eat up some innings.
Greg Bacchus got his opportunity to pitch for the Dodgers and did a pretty good job going 1-2/3 innings and only allowed 3 runs to score. Andrew Waddell came in to try to hold the A’s before the game might get out of hand. I was told Andrew did his job and left in the 5th inning as heat may have been a factor.
By the time Travis Hill took over, the game was 5-3 in favor of Dodgers. But Travis suffered one of his toughest inning of the season giving up 5 runs in top of 5th and when the Dodgers failed to add any runs in bottom of the 5th, Travis continued to struggle in top of 6th allowing 3 more runs to make the final score 11-5. There were lots of hits for both teams. A’s had 13 hits and Dodgers had 11.
A’s: Juan Castillo (3/4), Jose Ortiz – (2/4), Cory Morgan (2/4); Dodgers: Carlos Medina (3/3), 8 Batters w/ one hit ea.
Pitching: A’s: Juan Castillo – 3 IP, 0 Runs, 2 H, 3 K’s, 1 BB; Dodgers: T. Hill – 2 IP, 8 R, 7 H, 0 K’s, 2 BB’s