DOWN 7-2, THE O’s STAGE FIVE RUN COMEBACK TO DRAW EVEN WITH THE JAYS IN PEEWEE DIVISION SEASON OPENER; IT WAS LIGHTS OUT IN THE NIGHT CAP AS THE LIZZIES & ROYALS TIED 2-2
“It ain’t over till it’s over.” –Yogi Berra
Underneath warm and humid skies at Christie Pits Diamond 2, the Orioles staged a dramatic five run rally in the final inning to tie the Jays 7-7 in four innings of play in the Peewee Division season opener for both teams.
Down 7-2 after 3 ½ innings, the O’s used a disciplined approach at the plate to garner six consecutive walks in the bottom of the fourth. A shaky Jays bullpen was unable to close the door as a five run lead evaporated.
With the game tied 7-7, one out and the bases loaded, Sam (15) of the Jays finally extinguished the embers of the Orioles comeback as he struck out the final two batters to salvage the tie.
The Jays had jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first by making the most of their opportunities. However, the Orioles answered right back with two runs in the bottom half of the first. Keying the O’s offense was a triple by Leo (7), followed by back to back rbi doubles by Noah (15) and Luke (5).
The Jays punched across three more runs in the top of the third to widen their lead to 6-2. The Jays were sparked by a 2 run double by Reid (13).
In the fourth, the Jays added another run to lead 7-2.
Kudos to Orioles Pitcher Leo (7) who pitched a stellar second inning (1 IP; 0 R; 0 H; 0 W; 3 K) as he struck out all three Jays that he faced. Leo also went 1 for 1 at the dish with two runs scored and a triple (1 AB; 1 H; 2 R; 1 W; 1 T).
And another kudos goes to Reid (13) of the Jays for his 3 RBI performance at the plate (1 AB; 1 H; 2 R; 3 RBI) in addition to his super third inning relief appearance where he mowed down all three Orioles that he faced (1 IP; 0 R; 0 H; 0 W; 3 K).
The Peewee Division nightcap between the Lizzies and Royals was called off after two innings of play on account of darkness. Due to an electric transformer issue, the lights at Diamond 2 were unable to power up and illuminate the baseball field.
The shortened Lizzies and Royals game was officially recorded as a 2-2 tie.