MOSQUITO > Pirates Edge Reds 5-4



GIVIN’ NO QUARTER > Top to bottom: Trailing 4-3, Haydn (2) delivered a clutch RBI double in the bottom of the second to bring Jackson (3) home with the Pirates tying run. Subsequently, Haydn would follow with a daring steal of home to score the Bucs winning run; Pirates closer Oliver (6) sealed the deal on the Bucs 5-4 victory in the top of the third.

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.