Blue Rallies to Take Game One of Garibaldi's Series 6-3
Nov. 3, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Blue team rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take game one of the Garibaldi's Series 6-3 at FedExPark. Jon Reed pitched 4.1 innings in relief and allowed no runs on two hits with four strikeouts to earn the win for Blue.
Blue squad quickly snagged the lead in the top half of the first inning with the help of a two-out error. Ethan Gross drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a fielder's choice. An error loaded the bases for Ford Wilson and Wilson laced a three-run double to deep left-centerfield to give the Blue side a 3-0 lead.
Erik Schoenrock retired the first five batters he faced and didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning. After Tyler Dixon reached on an error, Zach Willis launched a two-run homer down the right field line to bring the Gray within one run at 3-2. Schoenrock finished the day with five innings pitched and allowed two runs, both unearned, on two hits while striking out six and walking one.
Gray threatened to get a run back in the top of the sixth, but Blue reliever Jon Reed worked out of a jam to keep the score 3-2. Wilson was hit by a pitch to start the frame and he moved to third on a single by Zac Carter. Wilson was stranded there as Carter was thrown out attempting to steal and Reed forced a groundout to end the inning.
Back-to-back singles by Derrick Thomas and Michael Sillyman to start the bottom half of the inning sparked the Blue team to its first lead of the afternoon. A well-executed sacrifice bunt by Dixon moved both runners to scoring position and Thomas later scored the tying run on a wild pitch. Austin Hatfield doubled home two more runs with a double down the third-base line and the Blue carried a 5-3 lead to the seventh.