TRAILING 10-8, THE EXPOS RALLY FOR THREE RUNS IN THE FINAL FRAME TO USURP THE METROPOLITANS AT CHRISTIE PITS
HIT FOR THE AGES > Down 10-9 and with two runners on base, Daniel (8) delivered a clutch 2 RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning that brought home the Expos game tying and winning runs over the Mets.
Game Summaries edited from files from Andrew Larsen and Terry Brown. Mets photos courtesy of Terry Brown.
Beneath the aura of a sweet strawberry moon, the Expos edged the Mets 11-10 in four thrilling innings of Peewee Division play this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 2.
Here is an Expos log of the proceedings:
- A rare Strawberry Moon rose over Christie Pits as the Expos met the Mets. The game was as dramatic as the moon.
- With the Mets clinging to a slender 10-9 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, Daniel (8) walked it off for the Expos with a grace under pressure 2 RBI blast to deep right field that brought home both the tying and winning runs.
- The Expos received solid pitching from Daniel (8) and Harris (12), with Harris picking off a wayfaring Mets baserunner at first.
- In addition, the Expos got grit and determination on the mound from Taras (11) and Charlie (7).
- Heads up baserunning by the Expos kept the Mets defense on edge and constantly on their toes.
- In a nutshell, it was the bottom of the fourth that truly gave the fans their money’s worth as the Expos came to bat down 10-8, but full of determination.
- Charlie (7) walked and then stole his way home in flurry of chutzpah to trim the deficit to.
- After Elias (10) drew a walk and Andy (1) hit a double to put two ducks on the pond. It was at this point that Daniel (8) closed the evening with a hit for the ages.
- With Head Coach Bill away, Expos Assistant Coach Andy was ably assisted by Coach Geoff.
- A good time was had by all in attendance.
Here is a Mets summary of the game:
Mets first baseman Leandro (10) gets in position for a pickoff attempt of an Expos baserunner.
Expos walk off against Mets 11-10 in four innings at Christie Pits Diamond #2
James (9) led off the top of the first by drawing a walk and Mathew A. (2) brought him home with a sharp liner over second base. After a series of walks and strikeouts, Matthew D. (14) had his own RBI single, giving the Mets an early 4-0 advantage.
The Expos bounced back for two runs in the bottom of the first. However, Mets starting pitcher James (9) tallied three K’s to hold the lead.
The Mets again had a leadoff walk, but the Expos pitcher Harris (12) negated it with a deft pickoff at first. After a strikeout, James drew his second walk of the game and Mathew A. hit an impressively long foul ball, but a second K kept the Mets from adding to their lead.
In the bottom of the second, the Expos tied the score at 4-4 around two strikeouts by Mets reliever Matthew D. (14) However, with the bases loaded, Matthew D. charged a ground ball and stepped on home plate to end the inning.
Teddy (12) started the inning with an infield single for the Mets. However, the Expos relief pitcher then suffered a temporary bout of wildness, resulting in three walks, two hit batters, and an exciting steal of home by Jade (6), giving the Mets a 7-4 lead with the bases loaded and no outs. But the Expos pitcher recovered magnificently by striking out the next three batters to end the threat.
Mets pitcher Emilia (5) rears back to deliver her pitch under twilight skies.
The Expos bats rebounded with four runs of their own in the bottom of the third to take an 8-7 lead.
With the Mets down a run entering the final inning, leadoff batter James came through, tying the game without the aid of a hit. After drawing his third walk of the game, James stole second and third base. Getting a sign from the bench, he then stole home to even the score. The Expos responded by retiring the next two batters, but then issued five consecutive walks, scoring Emilia (5), then Jade, which put the Mets up 10-8. With the bases loaded, Thomas (7) hit a sharp grounder but was narrowly thrown out at first for an exciting conclusion to the Mets’ side of the inning.
The Expos rallied in their last at bat, which ended with Daniel’s game-winning line drive that carried just out of reach of the Mets right fielder.
In all, the Mets reached base seventeen times through walks and hit batters. Emilia scored on all three of her plate appearances. Devin (8) had three free passes, scoring a run and forcing one in. Leandro (10) also had three walks, two of which forced in runs.
The Expos’ pitchers did work in an impressive eight strikeouts, which prevented the Mets from walking away with a victory.