THE BRONX BOMBERS FEND OFF THE O’s IN A DOG DAYS THRILLER AT BICKFORD PARK
Beneath a sheath of warm and humid midsummer skies, the Yankees edged the Orioles 8-7 in 3 ½ innings of Mosquito Division action this evening at the Bickford Park South Diamond.
While the Bronx Bombers were able to field a squad of nine players before game time, the O’s roster was plagued by the arrival of the dog days of summer and needed a number of callups to field a pesky group of seven. In the end, a fun time was had by all in attendance.
The Orioles would take flight in the top of the first and stake themselves to an early 2-0 lead. After leadoff batter Devon (12) was hit by pitch, Nathan (8) and Colston (14) drew respective walks to load the bases. Miles (0) followed with a one out RBI single that allowed Devon to come home with the opening run of the game.
With the bases still loaded, Daniel (00) would hit into a fielder’s choice that erased Miles at second and brought Nathan home to crow.
Yankees starter Tyrus (1) would chalk up a lineout and a pair of groundouts in the first to quell the O’s rebellion.
In the bottom of the first, the Yankees would reply with a run to trim the deficit to one. After a leadoff single and a steal of two bases by Luka (14), Tyrus would draw a one out walk that put two mallards on the lake. Matteo (13) would follow with a fielder’s choice that erased Tyrus at second and allowed Luka to come home with the Yanks first run.
Orioles starter Jeremy (6) would strike out two in the first to subdue the Yankees uprising.
The O’s would soar in the top of the second as they added four runs to extend their lead to 6-1. Following a one out double by Jeremy, Gregory (13) singled to put two aboard. A subsequent Yankees error would allow Jeremy to come home to roost.
After a walk to Colston put two ducks on the pond, Miles and Daniel would stroke respective RBI singles that allowed Gregory and Colston to come homeward bound. A Yankees faux pas would allow Miles to zoom home from third with another run.
In a spirited foray on the hill, Yankees reliever Arlo (32) chalked up a groundout and pop out in the second frame.
Not to be outdone, the Yankees would answer back with four in the bottom of the second to close the margin to 6-5. Following a pair of walks by Jiri (6) and Steven (8) to leadoff the inning, Arlo delivered a two RBI triple to bring them homeward. Rennick (4) followed with a RBI single to plate Arlo.
After a single by Luka that put two aboard, Antonio (15) hit a groundout to first that allowed Rennick to come home to do the shimmy, shimmy, shake.
Yankees reliever Luka (14) would ring up a strikeout and a pair of groundouts in the top of the third to keep the Orioles off the scoring ledger and grounded in their nest.
The Yankees would tally three in the bottom of the third to take an 8-6 lead. After a leadoff single, Tyrus would advance to third on an error and a stolen base. With one out, Duncan (11) stroked a RBI single to bring Tyrus home with the tying run.
Following a walk by Jiri that put two otters on the pond, Arlo delivered a RBI single to bring Duncan home with the go ahead run. A subsequent O’s faux pas would allow Jiri to score another run. On the error, the Yanks were denied a run when Arlo did not slide at home.
Orioles pitcher Jeremy would induce a pop up and a strikeout in the third to dampen the Yankees mutiny.
Refusing to throw in the white flag, the Orioles rallied for a run in the top of the fourth to trim the gap to 8-7. Following a pair of singles by Daniel and Devon to leadoff the inning, Nathan drew a walk to load the bases. Jeremy would hit into a fielder’s choice that erased Nathan at second, advanced Devon to third, and brought Daniel home with a run.
At this juncture, with the game on the line, the Yankees executed a strike ’em out and throw ’em out double play to bring the curtain down on the proceedings. With one out and Orioles at third and first, Yankees closer Rennick (4) would strike out Gregory for the second out.
As Gregory struck out, Jeremy made a brazen dash from first to steal second. However, Yankees catcher Arlo made a laser throw to second baseman Jiri, who applied the tag on a sliding Jeremy to thwart his thievery and ring up the 1-2-4 double play to seal the deal on the wafer thin victory.