THE SWASHBUCKLING BUCCANEERS TAME THE RED MACHINE TO SEIZE THE TREASURE OF SWEET VICTORY AT CHRISTIE PITS
Game Post composed with file from Judy McKinnon
Under the lights on a quaint summer evening near the shores of Christie Pits Diamond 2 Bay, the Pirates edged the Reds 5-4 in a gripping 2 ½ innings of Mosquito Division seafaring action.
Down 4-3, the swashbuckling Bucs rallied in dramatic Jolly Roger fashion for two runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead and take control of the mizzenmast.
After a single by Jackson (3), Haydn (2) followed with a clutch RBI double to bring Jackson home with the tying run.
Taking advantage of a Reds defensive miscue, Haydn advanced to third base and scored the go ahead (and winning run) with a daring steal of home.
Protecting a slender 5-4 lead, Pirates closer Oliver (6) sealed the deal on the Bucs in the top of the third by keeping the Reds off the scoreboard.
Oliver made an amazing double-play during the final inning with a catch and quick run to first base to catch the Reds runner who didn’t tag up. ‘Oly’ followed with a strikeout to record the third out to pick up the save.
Here are some additional highlights:
- The Reds jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first.
- Pirates starter Owen (11) took the mound for only the second time this season and recorded his first ever strike out.
- Pirates catcher Oliver (6) made a beautiful cannon throw from behind the plate to third baseman Jack (13) on third to catch the Reds lead runner stealing.
- The gnarly Pirates rallied for three in the bottom of the second to trim the deficit to one. Sparking the Bucs offensive charge was a to-the-fence 2 RBI home run for Oliver.
- Bucs reliever Jackson (3) took the mound in the top of the second and the kept the Red Machine off the scoring ledger. Jackson got the first out, stopping a hit up the middle and sending a throw over to first baseman Richard (12) at first (from a sitting position, no less). After a quick strikeout by Jackson for the second out, Oliver followed with a heads-up tag out to get the Reds base runner at second to end the inning.