Blue Takes Commanding 2-0 Series Lead With 7-1 Victory in Game 2
Nov. 4, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Jake Little was 2-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored to help the Blue squad to a 7-1 victory in game two of the Garibaldi’s Series at FedExPark. With the win, Blue takes a commanding 2-0 series lead.
Carrying a 1-0 series lead, Blue wasted no time in grabbing a lead in the second installment of the series. Derrick Thomas reached on a bloop single and a wild pitch advanced him to second. Thomas came around to give Blue a 1-0 lead on an error, an unearned run allowed by Gray starter Conner Porter.
Blue crossed two more runs to open a 3-0 lead. Corey Chafin walked to start the inning and Austin Hatfield followed with a single. Drew Griffin laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners to scoring position and Jake Little brought in Chafin with a groundout to shortstop. Thomas reached on a throwing error allowing Hatfield to score, giving the Blue team the 3-0 advantage.
Gray mounted a two-out rally to get on the scoreboard in the third inning. Ethan Gross recorded the first hit of the afternoon off of Blue starter Michael Wills and Bryce Beeler walked to put two on with two out. Tucker Tubbs laced a single to right and Gross came around to score cutting the Blue team lead to 3-1.
After Hatfield drew a leadoff walk to start the fourth, Little sparked the Blue squad to quick answer to the Gray side getting on the board. Little smoked a triple to left-centerfield and Hatfield scored. Michael Sillyman drove in Little with a single up the middle and the Blue side took a 5-1 lead.
Wills finished the afternoon with four innings pitched and he allowed one run on two hits while walking two and striking out two. Porter tossed 3.1 innings and gave up five runs, three earned, on four hits and he walked two batters.
Pitching dominated the next four innings as the two squads combined to retired 19-of-26 batters faced. Blue plated two more runs in the ninth to pad the lead to 7-1. Hatfield worked a leadoff walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and stole third. Little drove him in with a single to left and he moved to second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Dixon.
Wills picked up the win for Blue, but relievers Colin Lee, Josiah Ward and Jonathan Van Eaton combined to shutout the Gray side over five innings while allowing only three hits. Dylan Toscano and Blake Myers allowed no runs on one hit over 4.2 innings in relief of Porter.
Tubbs paced the Gray team with a 2-for-4 afternoon with one RBI. Hatfield finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored for the Blue squad.