THE BUCCANEERS PREVAIL OVER THE RED BIRDS IN A THRILLER AT DOVERCOURT PARKGame Summaries edited with files from Devon Forbes and Paul Bagnell
Beneath the twilight of warm midsummer skies, the Pirates edged the Cardinals 5-4 in four nail biting innings of Peewee Division action this evening at Dovercourt Park.
Here is a Pirates log of the game:
- Pirates starter Dajuan (10) pitched scoreless top of the first with one strikeout and a walk.
- The Pirates were held of the scoreboard by the Cardinals in the bottom of the half of the frame.
- Buccaneers reliever Daniel (12) pitched the top half and held the Red Birds to only two runs.
- In the bottom of the second, the Pirates rallied for three. Piper (3) led off the inning with a home run to center field. After Jackson (8) and Dylan (7) gone on base with walks, the Bucs executed a double steal. Jackson came home on wild pitch and Dylan advanced to third. Two pitches later, Dylan scored on a wild pitch to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead.
- Pirates reliever Jackson entered the fray in the top of the third and held the Cards to one run while striking out one.
- After Lucas (15) led of the inning with a walk, he was advanced to second on a single by Loyan (6). With one out, Dajuan was able to drive in Lucas from third with a RBI single to give the Pirates 4-3 lead.
- Bucs reliever Nigel (14) struck out three in the top of the fourth while just surrendering one run as the pesky Cardinals tied the game 4-4.
- After leading off the inning with a walk, Dylan stole a pair of bases to advance to third. Daniel delivered a one out RBI single to bring Dylan home with the winning run.
- The Cardinals fell to the Pirates in a tense 5-4 showdown under the lights at Dovercourt Park on Monday night.
- It was the Cardinals first-ever appearance at Dovercourt Park, and a depleted Red Birds roster battled the Pirates inning by inning for four frames.
- Early in the game, both squads put their defensive abilities on display. The first inning was a three-up, three-down affair for both sides.
- After the first three Cardinals batters were retired [Paul (15) drew a walk but was tagged out trying to steal home.] in the top half of the first, Cardinals starter Louis (1) pitched the bottom of the first for the Cardinals. Louis struck out the first and third batters – both swinging – and caught a high pop-up off the bat of the second Pirates batter.
- The second inning saw more offense. Six Cardinals batters came to the plate in the top of the second, including Miles (12) [a Mosquito Division call-up]. Miles homered in his first time at the plate, driving home Ella (8), who had singled just before him, to stake the Cards to a 2-0 lead. Diogo (4) drew a walk, but the inning ended before he could be driven home.
- During the bottom of the second, Louis pitched again for the Cardinals. Louis struck out three Pirates, but not before the Bucs scored three to take a 3-2 lead.
- Mark (7) led off at the top of the third inning for the Cardinals. It was Mark’s 2016 season debut at the plate for the Cardinals this year, as a wrist injury had kept him on the DL – except for a defense-only game the week before – all season long. Mark singled to get the inning started.
- After Jordan (14) singled and Ella walked to load the bases., Miles then drew an RBI walk, bringing Mark home with the tying run.
- Cards reliever Jordan entered the fray in the bottom of the third. After the first Pirates batter singled, the next Bucs batter also singled. However, the Pirates lead off batter was tagged out on his way to second by an alert Paul at second base. After allowing a third single, Jordan settled down and struck out two batters to end the inning. Still, the gnarly Buccaneers scored one to retake the lead 4-3.
- In the top of the fourth, the Cardinals rallied to deadlock the proceeding 4-4. After stroking a single, Louis stole his way to third. Jordan followed with a RBI single to bring Louis home with the tying run.
- In the bottom of the fourth, Dylan (7) of the Pirates walked and stole his way to third. Dylan was brought home by on a one out RBI hit by Daniel (12). And thus ended a mid-summer classic at Dovercourt Park with the Pirates clipping the Cardinals 5-4.