THE MIGHTY GIANTS MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR OPPORTUNITIES IN DISPATCHING THE SUAVE METROPOLITANS AT BICKFORD PARK
Beneath a layer of sunny and humid skies, the Giants defeated the Mets 8-5 in four innings of Mosquito Division action this evening at the Bickford Park South Diamond.
In an entertaining and well played affair by two talented and well coached teams, the Mighty Giants prevailed over the Metropolitans by capitalizing on their offensive opportunities and utilizing a pair of pitchers to stymie the potent Mets offense. Giants starter Jamie (13) and reliever Adam (10) combined to limit the Mets to five runs and three hits over four innings while striking out ten.
The Giants jumped out to early 1-0 lead in the top of the first after Guss (9) drew a one out walk and reached second on a wild pitch. As Guss blazed towards third in a stolen base attempt, the ball from the Mets catcher sailed high and rolled down the third base line allowing Guss to hustle home with the game’s first run.
With grit and determination, Mets starter Alden (5) fanned three Giants to bring the top half of the first to a close.
Giants southpaw starter Jamie pitched himself out of jam in the bottom of the first by striking out a pair of Mets to keep them off the scoresheet.
The Giants made a Gold Glove defensive play to record the first out when first baseman Guss snared a scorching hot tamale line drive off the bat of Matthew (8) of the Mets in the webbing of his glove.
In the top of the second, the Mighty Giants made hay of six walks to score four and stretch their lead to 5-0. With one out and the bases loaded, Ethan (6) delivered a clutch two RBI single that brought James (4) and Lucas (1) homeward.
Adam (10) would follow with a RBI single to score Jamie. After a walk to Rory (11) reloaded the bases, Teddy (12) patiently drew a walk to bring in Ethan.
However, the Amazin’ Mets would answer back with gusto in the bottom of the second as they rallied for four runs to trim the deficit to one. After Dylan (4) had led off the inning with a walk and a stolen base to reach second base, he made a dash to steal third. As the ball from the Giants catcher sailed high and down the third base line, Dylan motored home with the Mets first run of the game.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Leandro (15) stroked a RBI single to plate Aiden (11) and make it a 5-2 game. Matthew followed with a grace under pressure two RBI single that allowed Veronika (1) and Alden to come homeward bound.
Mets reliever Dylan (4) mowed down a pair of Giants in the top of the third to keep them off the scoring ledger.
In the bottom of the third, Giants reliever Adam struck out three Metropolitans to keep them off the scoreboard.
The Giants exercised discipline at the plate in the top of the fourth as they parlayed five walks into three runs to widen their advantage to 8-4. With one out and the bases juiced, Ethan hit an RBI single that allowed Aiden (3) to come home to roost. Back to back RBI walks garnered by Adam and Rory allowed Lucas and Jamie to score a pair of insurance runs.
Refusing to surrender, the Mets gamely rallied for a run in the bottom of the fourth to trim the shortfall to three. After a one out walk, Aiden would come round to score after a subsequent Giants error on Tor’s (14) single.
Shaken, not stirred, Giants reliever Adam mowed down three Mets to seal the deal the on a hard fought victory.