ROYALS and GIANTS Win
The HDL Royals won their 2nd game of the young season by holding on to a one run lead late in the game to beat the HDL Cardinals by a score of 10-9.
The Royals have started the season with the same number of new players as all the other HDL teams. What sets them apart is their knack of forcing their opponents into making mistakes. For instance, when the Royals fell behind 6-2 going into the top of the 3rd inning, they responded with 5 runs on 3 hits to go along with 2 walks and a batter “hit-by-pitch”. After the 3rd inning, both teams matched the other team in runs scored, even though the Cardinals continued to scratch out more hits than the Royals(0)/(Card’s (4)).
The game came down to the last inning when both teams held the other team to “zero” runs.
In the end, clutch pitching and defense decided the final score. Special recognition goes to Shane Petty for clutch catches at first base on less than perfect throws from his infielders. Shane saved the game for the Royals when his final catch ended the Cardinal rally.
Going forward, each team has to find a way to improve their fundamentals – field the ball, throw the ball and catch the ball and their pitchers must throw strikes and stop walking so many batters. (The same thing could be said for the Cardinals)
Royals Hitters: Juan Ramuiz, Travis Hill and Omar Zavaleta each had 1 hit.
Royals Pitching: Travis Hill (WP)- 5 IP, 9 Hits, 9 Runs, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K’s and 3 HBP; Roberto Pena – (Save) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 Runs, 1 BB, 1K
Cardinals Hitters: Tyler Dunn (3 Hits), Wes Hill (2 Hits),
John Ward, Jose Ortiz, Jason Nilsen with 1 hit each.
Tyler Dunn (LP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 3 HBP;
Wes Hill – 1 IP, 0 Hits, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s
Sunday Game: GIANTS 6 – YANKEES 5
OVERALL – “Best Game of Season” (So far)
Coming into this game, both teams lost their season opener. However, the number of seasoned ball players on each team was bound to make a difference. When you look at the total stats, these 2 teams combined for 11 Runs, 17 Hits, only 4 Errors (2 ea.), 12 Walks, and 9 K’s.
For the first time this year, one team had the majority of their roster of players all able to show up. And that would be the GIANTS, who batted 13 players, while the Yankees had 11 players but only 10 in the line-up. The Giants were the visiting team. So in the top of the first inning they were disciplined and forced Rookie starting pitcher for the Yankees, Johnny Mosquedo, to throw a lot of pitches. The Giants put together 3 Walks and a base hit (G. Bacchus) to take an early 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first inning, Giants Starting pitcher, Ben Eldred, got his first chance to get some mound work. The lack of pre-season practice indicated Ben was trying to work out the kinks. As a result, Ben surrendered 3 runs, that were aided by the Giants first error of the game (E4). After one complete inning, the Yankees re-gained the lead (3-2).
In innings 2 and 3, the Giants put together some solid at bats and scored 2 runs in the 2nd and 2 runs in the 3rd. Going into the bottom of the 4th, Ben Eldred had sort of found his groove and held the score to 6-3. Leading off the bottom of the 4th, Yankees, Chris Pigues, smashed a solid single to center field. Orville Nevels followed with a single, followed by another single by Luis Espino. Before the inning was over, Ben Eldred got through the 4th only giving up 2 runs and helped the Giants hold on to a 6-5 lead.
During innings 5, 6, and 7, both team managers made strategic pitching changes to keep the score within one run. For the Yankees, Luis Espino worked 3 innings and did an outstanding job allowing zero runs on only 1 hit. Meanwile, the Giants went with Eric Sipes to try to hold the 1 run lead. Eric also was outstanding with zero runs allowed and onle 2 hits aided by 4 strikeouts. In the bottom of the 7th inning, Eric got help from his defense when the Yankees had the bases loaded and failed to score a run.
YANKEES Top Hitters: Ceasar Cabrerra, Johnny Mosquedo and Chris Pigues each had 2 hits.
YANKEES Pitching: Johnny Mosquedo (LP)- 3 IP, 6 Hits, 6 Runs, 5 ER, 5 BB, 1 K’s; Luis Espino – 3 IP, 0 runs, 1 Hit, 2 BB, 1 K; Jodie Wolfe – 1 IP, 0 runs, 1 Hit, 1 K
GIANTS Top Hitters: Oliver (?) had 2 hits, Four other players had 1 hit each.
GIANTS Pitching: Ben Eldred (WP)- 4 IP, 9 Hits, 5 Runs, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K’s; Eric Sipes (Save) – 3 IP, 0 runs, 2 Hits, 2 BB, 4 K’s