THE BEANTOWNERS PREVAIL IN A SEESAW BATTLE VERSUS THE ASTROS AT BICKFORD PARK
Beneath a canopy of warm and humid midsummer skies, the Red Sox edged the Astros 6-5 in four innings of Mosquito Division action this evening at the Bickford Park South Diamond.
With the proceeding deadlocked 6-6, the Red Sox would proceed to load the bases on consecutive walks to Kai (11), Guillermo (14) and Caiden (15). With no outs and the game on the line, William (6) would take one for the team when he was hit by pitch, forcing home Kai from third base with the winning run.
The proceeding was a fun seesaw affair that was contested between two talented teams. With the Astros having only five roster players on hand, the Red Sox kindly loaned them two of their players in order for the game to be played. Kudos to Beantowners Chetan (1) and Keith (8) for joining the shorthanded Astros roster.
In the top of the first, the Astros would stake themselves to an early 3-0 lead. After a leadoff walk by Peter (4), Leo (13) would stroke a one out single to put two mallards on the lake. Momo (2) followed with a RBI single to bring home Peter with the opening run of the game.
With two runners on base, Keith would hit into a groundout that advanced Momo to third and brought Leo home to crow. Subsequently, Momo would steal home with another run.
Red Sox starter Guillermo (14) would chalk up strikeout and a pair of groundouts in the first to quell the Astros rebellion.
Astros starter Keith (8) would strikeout three in the bottom of the first to keep the Red Sox in the laundry hamper.
With 1-2-3 finesse, Red Sox reliever Sam (12) would strikeout three in the top of the second to keep the Astros moored to the launch pad.
The Red Sox would tally a run in the bottom of the second to trim the deficit to two. After a leadoff double by Sam, Josh (10) would be hit by pitch to put two aboard. Troy (5) followed with a RBI double that brought Sam Home with the Beantowners first run of the game. The Red Sox would be denied an additional run when Josh was ruled out for not sliding home on the play.
With one out, Astros reliever Momo (2) would strikeout the next two batters to bring the curtain down on the second inning.
The Astros would tack on a run in the top of the third to widen their lead to 4-1. With two outs, Alex would single and steal a pair of bases to reach third. A faux pas by the Red Sox defence would allow Alex to come homeward bound.
Red Sox reliever Duncan (9) would strike out three in the third to douse the Astros insurgency.
In the bottom of the third, the Red Sox rallied with four to take a 5-4 lead. After being hit by pitch, Guillermo would swipe a pair of bases to advance to third. Caiden followed with a RBI single to plate Guillermo.
With one aboard, William and Sam followed with back to back walks to load the bases. Duncan followed with a RBI walk that allowed Caiden to come home to roost.
Subsequently, with two outs and the bases still loaded, Davide (13) stroked a RBI single to bring home William. An Astros error with the bases still juiced to the gills would allow Sam to motot homeward with another run.
Astros reliever Chetan (1) would strike out two in the bottom of the third.
Refusing to surrender, the Astros would tally a run in the top of the fourth to tie the game 5-5. Following a two out walk, Momo would steal two bases to reach third. A Red Sox faux pas would allow Momo to blaze home with the tying run.
With two outs and the Astros potential go ahead run standing at third, Red Sox reliever Davide (13) would ring up a strikeout to keep the proceedings deadlocked.
And it was at this juncture where the Red Sox came up to bat in the bottom of the fourth and came face to face with their rendezvous with destiny.