ON A DOG DAY AFTERNOON, THE D-BACKS PREVAIL OVER THE RANGERS AT DOMINICO FIELDBeneath a blanket of hot and humid midsummer skies, the Diamondbacks defeated the Rangers 13-4 in four innings of Bantam Division action this afternoon at Dominico Field at Christie Pits. The Diamondbacks staked themselves to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Following a lead off walk, Michael (12) proceeded to steal a pair of bases to advance to third. After Nicholas (7)reached base on a dropped third strike, the Rangers uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Nicholas to move up to second and Michael to motor home with the first run of the game.
After a single by Kit (4) that also moved Nicholas over to third , another wild pitch allowed Kit to saunter to second and Nicholas to come home and do the watusi.
Following a walk by Jordan (2) that put two runners on base, Leo (10) stroked a RBI single to bring Kit home.
Subsequently, Jordan would brazenly steal home to close out the D-Backs scoring in the first.
In the bottom of the first, Diamondbacks starter Kit (4) would retire the Rangers in 1-2-3 fashion to keep them off the scoring ledger. Third baseman Jordan caught a line drive and a pop up to ring up the first two outs. Kit hooked up with first baseman Nicholas on a 1-3 putout play for the third out.The Diamondbacks would tally another four runs in the top of the second to increase their lead to 8-0. After Victor (14) drew a lead off walk, Emily (14) would be hit by pitch to put two ducks on the pond. A passed ball and a series of wild pitch would allow both Victor and Emily to come home to roost.
After drawing a walk, Michael would advance to third on a stolen base and dropped third strike. Kit followed with a RBI double to bring Michael home. A sequence of wild pitches would allow Kit to move to third and eventually home.
In a workmanlike effort on the hill, Rangers reliever Jacob (6) struck out one in the second.
The Rangers offense surged to life in the bottom of the second as they scored four to slice the deficit to four. After a lead off single and stolen base, Curtis (4) would come home with the Rangers first run on a series of wild pitches.
Following a walk by Justin (10) and a single by Jacob that put two aboard, Michael (4) would stroke a RBI single to plate Justin.
With two outs, Curtis would deliver a 2 RBI single that allowed Jacob and Michael to come homeward bound.
In the top of the third, the D-Backs would counter with a run to widen their advantage to 9-4. After stroking a lead off single, Jordan would steal two bases to reach third and come barreling home on a wild pitch.
With a little help from his friends, Rangers pitcher Michael (4) would limit the Diamondbacks to a run in the third inning. Rangers Catcher Cameron (14) and third baseman Curtis would hook up on a nice 2-5 rundown play to nab a wayfaring D-Backs base runner between third and home for the first out.
With one out and Diamondbacks at second and first, Rangers shortstop Justin would battle the glare of the sun to catch a pop up to tally the second out. Noticing that the D-Back baserunner had wandered astray from second base, Justin hustled over towards second to tag him out and ring up the unassisted double play.Diamondbacks reliever Jordan (2) would strike out two in the bottom of the third to keep the Rangers off the scoreboard.
The Diamondbacks would tally four insurance runs in the top of the fourth to increase their lead to 13-4. Following a lead off single, Nicholas would take second on a stolen base. Kit would deliver a RBI single to plate Nicholas.
After reaching base on back to back walks with one out, Jordan and Leo would subsequently come home on a series of stolen bases and wild pitches.
Following a pair of two out walks by Emily and Michael that put two swans on the lake, Nicholas would deliver a RBI single to bring Emily home to rock ‘n’ roll.
In a spirited effort on the mound, Rangers reliever Curtis (4) would strike out one in the fourth.
With a flock of buzzards and vultures flying over the field, D-Backs reliever Jordan would strike out two in the bottom of the fourth to seal the deal on a hard fought victory over the Rangers under the unrelenting hot sun.