The Game before the Last Game (Regular Season)
Two games were played on Sunday September 13. The day after the Southern Heritage Classic is always interesting to see what type of mess players have to dodge trying to park and walk to the field. Actually Tobey Park was not too bad. Just playing a baseball game in this chaos seemed to make the park seem “normal.”
The early game matched the Peterbilt Cardinals vs The Lost Pizza Orioles. At this stage of season every win or loss can have a bearing on final seeding into the Play-offs.
Bo McMinn pitched for Lost Pizza and scattered 9 hits over 6 innings of work. Six of the nine Cardinal hits came in the 3rd inning when the Orioles gave up 5 runs. But after that inning the game was all Orioles.
After Cards jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in 1st inning, Orioles answered with a “bomb” by Jake Hatchett, whose home run knocked in 3 runs. Defense for both teams struggled to avoid errors as both teams finished the game with 4 errors. Errors always have a way of messing up a good game. Bo McMinn helped himself by striking out 7 Cardinal batters.
Batting Leaders –
Cardinals: Jhonny Gonzalez – (2/3), Otis Edwards 1/3), 3 Runs scored.
Orioles: Jake Hatchett (1/2) HR, 3 RBI’s, 2 BB; John DiGiacomo (3/3) 2 R’s; Larry Hunsucker (2/3), 3 R; Tim Harris (2/4) 2 R.
Orioles: Bo McMinn – 6 IP, 8 R, 5 ER, 7 K, 5 BB;
Cardinals: Kevin High – 5-2/3 IP, 14 R, 12 ER, 5 K’s, 5 BB.
Game 2 – Athletics 3 – Dodgers 3 (TIE)
Both teams had just enough players to make this a decent game. The A’s were missing Kevin Latham and Alberto Perez. The Dodgers were missing Andrew Waddell, Kevin Nilsen, and Kurt Adkison.
But it did not matter who was in the line-up for either team because both starting pitchers, Juan Castillo for A’s and Travis hill for the Dodgers, had this game under control. Due to circumstances with other teammate pitchers being unavailable, both Travis and Juan have recently logged a lot of time on the mound and all the extra work is starting to show some benefits as both pitchers know how to work opponents hitters to keep them off the bases and that helps minimize runs being scored.
The Athletics scored first when Alex Vivas’s base hit scored Jose Ortiz. The A’s held this lead until the bottom of the 3rd when, with 2 outs, Brian Nilsen singled, stole 2nd and scored on Pat Belote’s RBI Single. The Dodgers added a run in bottom of the 4th to take the lead 2-1. Lo-Lo Hinte smashed a double to score Tony Lomax who reached base on a Strike out- passed ball.
But the A’s came right back in top of 5th inning to tie the game 2-2 on Jose Ortiz RBI single after Cory Morgan had walked and stole 2nd base. For the rest of the game it was a pitchers duel so at end to regulation time, one extra inning was played.
In top of the 8th inning, the A’s lead-off hitter scored on Glenn Coombs ground ball out to the right side of the infield with Vivas on 3rd base and only 1 out. So now the A’s had a 3-2 lead.
In bottom of the 8th inning, Wes Hill relieved Juan Castillo hoping that a fresh arm would make a difference. But Wes Hill was slow finding the plate and after Brian Nilsen walked and stole 2nd & 3rd, everyone knew the game would either be tied or Dodgers would have a good opportunity to take the win.
But don’t underestimate the A’s. They know how to “tie” a game or keep it tied. A clutch play by Cory Morgan on a hot smash to him with bases loaded allowed Cory to erase a Dodger run at home plate. The 3rd out was recorded when Jason Nilsen bounced out 4-3 and the TIE game was added to the list.
A’s – Alex Vivas (2/4), Juan Castillo (1/2) 2 BB’s.
Dodgers: Brian Nilsen (2/3), 3 R’s; Lowell Hinte (2/4)
A’s – Castillo – 7 IP, 2 R/2 ER, 6 H, 11 K’s, 1 BB;
Dodgers – Travis Hill – 8 IP, 6 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 3R/3ER.