Giants over Cardinals 9-0

Game Played on 5/11/2017 5:30 PM at Dean1
Results were reported on 5/14/2017 1:05 PM
GameID: 13325

Pitching for Giants Pitching for Cardinals
NameAgePitch Count
Drew O'Connell965
Matthew Raffi952
NameAgePitch Count
Thomas Senior938
George Sakhat1130
Diego Jacobo1138
Thomas Dowling841

On a cloudy and chilly Thursday night (stop me if you’ve heard this one before), the Giants played host to the visiting Cardinals in a NL division matchup.

The Giants sent Drew O’Connell to the hill for his Prep League pitching debut and he came out firing.  O’Connell sent the Cards down with a quick 1-2-3 inning and 2 Ks.  The Cardinals countered with hard-throwing Thomas Senior to start the game.  The Giants showed some patience at the plate and were able to get a two-out rally going.  The key hit in the inning was a ringing, two RBI single off the bat of Mike Canty.  At the end of one it was 3-0 Cardinals.

The second and third innings were dominated by outstanding pitching.  O’Connell kept the Cardinals off the board in both innings as he continued to throw strikes.  For the Cards, Aiden Ghidella reached on a single in the second inning but was stranded.  In the third inning, George Sakhat led off with a walk for the Redbirds.   Any chance of a rally was wiped out by a great catch on a soft liner by Matt Raffi, who then wheeled and threw to Zach Papper at second for a double play.  The Giants were held off the board in the second inning by Sakhat, but scratched home a run in the third inning as Mark Ishkanian scored on a walk to Lawson Mitchell to make it 4-0.

O’Connell finished his strong outing with another scoreless inning in the fourth, allowing only a walk to Diego Jacobo in the frame.  In the bottom of the fourth, the Giants bats got hot as they plated four runs on hits by Raffi, Alex George, O’Connell, Ace Tyrrell, and Canty.

The Cardinals would not give up without a fight, as they loaded the bases in the top of the fifth.  Thomas Dowling, Ghidella, and Lucas Perry all reached base but Giants reliever Raffi worked his way out of the jam without allowing a run.  Again in the top of the sixth the Cards got men on base as Shayne Goldsmith and Frankie Fiorillo worked their way on base, but they were unable to score as Raffi left them stranded.  Final score was Giants 9, Cardinals 0.

This was a competitive game as both squads battled hard to the final out.  Good sportsmanship was on display throughout.  Best of luck to both teams as we near the midway point of the season.