Giants over Athletics 7-5

Game Played on 5/4/2017 7:30 PM at Dean 3
Results were reported on 5/6/2017 7:50 PM
GameID: 12292

Pitching for Giants Pitching for Athletics
NameAgePitch Count
Ace Tyrrell1047
Mike Canty938
Matthew Raffi931
NameAgePitch Count
Matthew Arsenault1057
Alex Shaw941
Riley Ford935

On Thursday night at Dean 3, the late game featured the Athletics vs. the Giants.  Those fans that braved the chilly weather were treated to a close and exciting game.

The Athletics sent Matt Arsenault to the hill.  He got into a little trouble in the first inning but gamely worked out of a bases-loaded, one out jam to hold the Giants off the scoreboard.  The Giants countered with Ace Tyrrell, and he made quick work of the Athletics in the home half of the first, registering two Ks.

In the top of the second, the Giants came to life plating four runs.  Mike Canty, Lawson Mitchell, and Cole Camerer reached base to start the frame.  RBIs were notched by Zack Papper, Vance Pehl, Matt Raffi, and Drew O’Connell.  For the Athletics, Arsenault reached to start the inning but Tyrrell retired the next three batters to end the inning.

The Giants plated another run in the top of the third inning.  Mark Ishkanian singled and came around to score on a RBI single from Papper.  Some clutch pitching with men on base by Athletics reliever Alex Shaw prevented further damage.  The Athletics got a one out walk by Eli Shaw but were kept off the board by Tyrrell and rookie Mike Canty who came on in relief.

A leadoff single by Raffi followed by two groundouts scored another run for the Giants in the fourth, giving them a 6-0 lead.  Canty struck out the side in the bottom of the fourth to keep the Athletics at bay.

After a scoreless top of the fifth from some great pitching by reliever Riley Ford (striking out the side), the Athletics came roaring back in the bottom of the inning.  Singles by Thomas Senior, Arsenault, and Mike Halloran loaded the bases with two out.  Then Drew Reeves strolled to the plated and ripped a bomb to right field for a grand slam to cut the lead to 6-4!

The Giants scored one more in the top of the sixth as Alex George worked a bases-loaded walk for a RBI.   However, the never say die Athletics were not giving up without a fight.  A walk to Jesse Zheng, a booming double by Ford, and walks to Senior and Arsenault cut the Giants lead to 7-5.  With the bases full and the winning run on first, Giants reliever Raffi got the last out to secure the 7-5 victory for the Giants.

This was a great game and both teams battled to the end.  Excellent sportsmanship was on display and both teams should be proud of their efforts.  The rematch in a few weeks should be a good one!