THE O’s PREVAIL OVER THE BEANTOWNERS IN THE FINAL INNING AT BICKFORD PARK
Beneath a blanket of hot and humid summer skies, the Orioles edged the Red Sox 5-4 in four innings of Mosquito Division action this evening at the Bickford Park South Diamond.
With the proceeding deadlocked 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth, the Orioles exercised patience at the dish to load the bases with consecutive walks to Devon (12), Alex (9) and Kaden (1) to lead off the frame. Jeremy (6) followed with a RBI single to bring Devon home with the game winning run.
The proceeding was an entertaining and low scoring affair where pitching dominated the game. With both team’s bullpens combining for fourteen strikeouts, any runs scored came at a premium. In the end, the pesky O’s grinded out a wafer thin victory over the gritty Beantowners.
Orioles starter Jeremy (6) struck out two in the top of the first to keep the Red Sox off the scoring ledger and in the laundry hamper.
With 1-2-3 finesse, Red Sox starter Desmond (3) would strike out three in the bottom of the first to keep the Orioles in their nest.
Unleashing a five hit barrage, the Red Sox would stake themselves to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second. Following a pair of singles by Desmond and Joshua (10) to lead off the inning, William (6) delivered a RBI single to bring Desmond home with the first run of the game.
With two runners on base, Duncan (9) followed with a two RBI single that allowed Joshua and William to come homeward.
After a one out walk to Troy (00) that put two aboard, Guillermo (14) stroked a RBI single to plate Duncan.
In a gritty foray on the hill, Orioles reliever Kaden (1) would strike out one in the second.
Red Sox reliever Davide (13) would strike out two in the bottom of the second to keep the O’s off the scoring abacus.
In the top of the third, Orioles reliever Dash (7) would strike out three to keep the Red Sox off the scoresheet.
The Orioles would rally with four in the bottom of the third to tie the proceedings 4-4. Following a pair of one out singles by Alex and Kaden, Jeremy would draw a walk to load the bases. Seizing his opportunity, Alex would brazenly steal home to trim the deficit to one.
With two ducks on the pond, Dash would crush a woolly mammoth three run home run blast to tie the game.
The Red Sox would threaten in the top of the fourth by getting two runners on base to lead off the inning. However, O’s pitcher Jeremy would strike out three in a row to leave them stranded.
And it was at this juncture in the proceedings where the Orioles came face to face with their moment with destiny in the bottom of the fourth.