Nationals over Royals 6-0

Game Played on 5/19/2018 6:45 PM at Dean 1
Results were reported on 5/26/2018 9:13 AM
GameID: 16661

Pitching for Nationals Pitching for Royals
NameAgePitch Count
Patrick Babola965
Cameron Espino937
NameAgePitch Count
Maxwell Mitchell850
TJ Hutt937

Game time temperature upwards of 85 this evening as New England welcomes summer and the Memorial Day weekend. To quote President Obama, “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice.”

On to the game….Patrick Babola took the hill for the Nationals and quickly settled in with his personal catcher Benjie Rotunno working around a two out walk to strike out the side, holding the Royals scoreless. Royals Max Mitchell was equally effective but was victimized by a clutch RBI single by Cam (but I like the high ones) Espino delivering leadoff man Rishi Prasad with the first run of the game. Nationals 1-0 after the first inning of play.  

On to the second where Patrick continued with excellent command of his fastball as well as his assortment of secondary pitches to keep the Royals off balance. Once again Max held the Nationals at bay hanging another goose egg on the scoreboard.

The third inning proved to be the turning point of the game. With two outs and TJ Hutt on second base Patrick was aided by a stellar defensive play by Cool Cam Espino snaring a line drive off the bat of Brady O'Connell robbing him of an RBI single and retiring the side. The Nationals broke through in the home half of the third with a walk to Kevin Lee followed by hits from Patrick and Cam. Logan Dipilato then stepped to the plate and delivered a booming triple to dead center field scoring two more runs. Josh Curtis delivered an RBI single to close out a 4 run inning.

Patrick, working efficiently “pleaded” with Coach for more work and went out for another inning staked to a 5-0 lead.  Although he walked leadoff man Max Mitchell he quickly settled down striking out the side and 10th of the evening. The Royals turned to TJ Hutt in the fourth inning and with runners at first and second the scene was set for the defensive play of the evening. Patrick stepped to the plate looking for insurance and stroked a line drive to right field that Brady O'Connell quickly moved to his left for a running catch ending the threat.

The Nationals turned to closer Cool Cam Espino in the fifth inning and with ice water running through his veins worked around a walk to Jackson Mitchell and single by Brady O'Connell to strike out the side and keep the shutout intact. As we moved to the home half of the fifth inning we witnessed Nationals history as Josh Curtis hit a mammoth shot to Death Valley in center field touching them all for our first home run of the season. Excellent defense and a perfectly executed relay by the Royals made for an exciting play at the plate where Josh narrowly evaded the tag for a moment he will likely never forget!

In probably the fastest game of the year we moved to the top of the sixth inning where Cool Cam stayed in his groove striking out the side and securing the 6-0 Nationals victory.

Best of luck to both teams for the remainder of the season!