THE BEANTOWNERS GROUND THE BLUEBIRDS IN THEIR THURSDAY MOSQUITO DIVISION SEASON OPENER AT BICKFORD PARK
Beneath a ceiling of sunny and cloudy skies, the Red Sox defeated the Jays 11-4 in 3 ½ innings of Mosquito Division action this evening at the Bickford Park South Diamond.
After last Thursday’s Mosquito Division games were rained out, both team’s kicked off their 2017 season opener with a fun and entertaining proceeding. In the end, the Red Sox prevailed for the victory over the Jays utilizing a combination of strong pitching and a patient and opportunistic offence.
Red Sox starter Duncan (9) would chalk up a strikeout and groundout in the top of the first to keep the Jays off the scoring abacus.
Duncan was also helped out mightily by his friends during the frame. After a two out walk to Adam (10), Cassius (2) lashed a triple to centre field. As Adam made the turn at third and began to veer homeward, the Red Sox defence executed a sweet 8-4-2 putout play, with catcher William (6) taking receipt of the relay throw and tagging out Adam to ring up the third out.
Exercising patience at the dish, the Red Sox would jump out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Following consecutive walks to Keith (8), William and Guillermo (14) to load the bases, Desmond (3) delivered a two RBI single to move Guillermo to third and bring Keith and William home to roost.
Nate (4) would follow with a RBI single to plate Guillermo.
Jays starter Nolan (5) would strike out three in the first to quell the Beantown uprising.
In the top of the second, the Jays would answer back with a pair to trim the deficit to one. After a leadoff single and stolen base, Joshua (12) would advance to third on a Red Sox error. Asher (13) would follow with a RBI single to bring Joshua home with the Jays first run.
Following a single by Adam (8) and a walk by William (15) that loaded the bases, Christian (1) would garner a one out RBI walk to bring home Asher.
With the bases juiced to the gills, Red Sox starter Duncan would strike out three to extinguish the Bluebirds rebellion.
The Red Sox would feast upon a Mandarin buffet serving of seven walks in the bottom of the second to plate four runs and stretch their lead to 7-2. Following a series of walks to Ryan (2), Keith and Guillermo that loaded the bases, the Beantowners executed a triple steal that allowed Keith and Guillermo to advance up a base, and Ryan to come home to crow.
After a walk to Duncan that reloaded the bases, Desmond, Nate and Kai (11) would draw consecutive one out RBI walks to bring Keith, Guillermo and Duncan to come homeward and do the shimmy, shimmy, shake.
In a spirited foray on the hill, Jays reliever Adam (8) would strike out one Red Sox batter in the second.
Refusing to surrender, the Jays clawed back in the top of the third with a pair of runs to slice the shortfall to 7-4. Following a leadoff walk by Malcolm (3) and a single by Adam (10) that put two ducks on the pond, both runners would weave their way homeward at their own risk on an infield fly out by Cassius.
With the bases saturated with a motherlode of Bluebirds, Red Sox reliever Keith (8) would pitch himself out of a mojo jojo jam in the third frame by striking out two to douse the Jays insurgency.
The Red Sox would use their speed to tally four insurance runs in the bottom of the third to widen their advantage to 11-4. Following a leadoff single and a theft of second, Ryan would take third on another steal. On the play, the Jays would commit an error that would allow Ryan to shuffle home to do the watusi.
After a walk by Keith, William would be hit by pitch to put two aboard. The Red Sox would then pressure the Jays defence with a double steal. An ensuing faux pas by the Bluebirds would allow Keith to motor home to do the disco duck.
Following a thievery of third, William would brazenly bolt homeward and elude the tag attempt of Jays catcher Malcolm to safely steal home.
After Duncan and Nate drew respective walks, Kai would be hit by pitch to load the bases. Ryan would follow with a RBI walk to plate Duncan.
In a workmanlike effort on the mound, Jays reliever Adam (10) would strike out one and induce a popout in the third.
Red Sox closer Guillermo (14) would strike out two in the top of the fourth to seal the deal on a hard fought victory over the Jays.
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