IN A TIGHT AFFAIR, THE D-BACKS PREVAIL FOR THE VICTORY OVER THE RANGERS AT DOMINICO FIELD AT CHRISTIE PITS
Game Summaries edited with files from Patrick Zeppieri and Tracy Franklin
Beneath the glimmer of the incandescent lights on an overcast night, the Diamondbacks defeated the Rangers 7-4 in 3 ½ innings of Bantam Division action this evening at Dominico Field at Christie Pits.
Here is a Diamondbacks account of the proceedings:
- The Diamondbacks and Rangers game was a pitching duel from start to finish. It was a classic game of small ball at its finest. In the end, the Diamondbacks or “Diamond Runners” would eventually prevail with a very aggressive running game against the Rangers.
- The first inning was a superb pitching duel between the Diamondbacks and Rangers. In a strong pitching performance, D-Backs starter Jonathan and his team’s strong defense blanked the Rangers in the top of the first. This allowed the Diamondbacks to take an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
- In the top of the second, Diamondbacks relief pitcher Michael (12), one of D-Backs more versatile players, took to the mound and was able to slam the door shut after a great start to the inning by the Rangers offense to keep them off the scoreboard. Chalking up a couple of strikeouts, Michael even recorded an out on a sizzling comebacker to the mound.
- The Diamondbacks were able to score a couple of more runs in the bottom of the second with some timely hitting and a great running game to extend their lead to 3-0.
- The tide changed dramatically in the top of the third as the pesky Rangers took advantage of rookie D-Backs reliever Jordan (2) and scored four to take a 4-3 lead.
- However, the gritty Diamondbacks answered back with a fury in the bottom of the third as they exploded for four to retake the lead 7-4.
- Diamondbacks closer Daniel (3) took to the mound in the top of the fourth and threw some heat not seen very often this season in the Bantam Division. Despite the Rangers ability to work the counts on him, Daniel was able to overcome their resolve at the dish and save the game. Daniel’s effort on the mound to seal the deal on the D-Backs 7-4 win was as good as any game saved by Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna.
Here is a Rangers summary of the game:
- In our most exciting game yet, the Rangers managed to get a few hits! Cormac (3), Ben (13) and Sarah made contact with the bat while Haydn, Michael (4), Alysa got on base with a little patience at the plate. A number of Rangers were met with a ‘K’ BUT they went down SWINGING!
- Alysa and Cormac pitched two fabulous innings a piece for the Rangers.
- The Rangers catching tandem of Haydn and Ben worked hard behind the plate – and for both – a solid catching debut!
- On the field, the Rangers were led by Cormac in completing several plays for a number of outs and the team worked well together in their attempts to overtake the Diamondbacks.