|The Pirates came to the ballpark ready to do
some damage tonight. On a beautiful albeit windy
Friday evening, the Pirates faced off against the
D-Backs (short for Diamondbacks). As game
reporter, it's my job to D-tail the game. And
that's just what I'm gonna do.
The Pirates were
the visiting team, so they batted first (duh).
Blake started things rolling with an infield hit.
Ryan followed with a smack line drive to right
field. After a little extracurricular baserunning
(we stole a couple bases), Andrew got 2 RBIs by
lifting a double to left field. Brian followed
with a screamer in the hole between third base
and shortstop. Then the mighty Anna boomed a
double to right center field. That was probably
the longest, strongest hit this season. Michael
followed with a double to right center field. You
know what? The Pirates have already scored 5 runs
with no outs. D-lightful! The D-backs never knew
what hit 'em!
In the bottom of the first, the Pirates
D-fense was called into action. After a leadoff
single, the next batter grounded to B.J. at third
base. B.J. came up firing to Anna at first base.
The throw was good, but just a little off the
bag. No problem -- Anna simply stepped off the
bag, caught the ball, and applied the tag. Nice
play! 3 more hits started a rally. With the bases
jammed up, the next batter lifted a fly ball just
out of Chris's reach. But no matter. A hustling
Matthew fielded the ball in right center. And in
a very heads-up move, Matthew threw to Michael
covering second base. Force out! Great play!! Two
more singles loaded the bases. It's time for some
D-fense! The batter lifted a soft fly ball in
front of the mound. There's only one play. Josh
M. dives off the pitcher's mound and makes a
fantastic catch to D-ny the D-backs. The first
inning ends with the Pirates up 5-3.
In the second inning, Max led off with a
single to right field. Hayden laid down a great
bunt, barely beating the throw at first. After
lots of foul balls, Chris finally scratched a hit
to load the bases. Josh B. followed with a
grounder to third base, but the fielder made a
nice play, forcing Max at the plate. With one
out, Josh M. singled to right field, bringing in
a run. Matthew then had a strange play when he
lifted a fly ball down the first base line. As he
ran towards first base, the ball landed fair and
then hit Matthew while he was in fair territory.
Out! Oh well. In the major leagues, they learn to
run in fair territory all the way to first. Hey,
Coach Rodney's just happy they're running hard to
first base -- we'll teach 'em the subtleties
later. Finally, B.J. grounds to third base, where
the fielder forces Josh B. at third. Pirates
In the bottom of the second, the D-Backs start
with two strikeouts. Four straight hits scored
one and loaded the bases. For the second straight
inning, the Pirates are staring at a
bases-loaded, two-out situation. This time the
big D-Backs cleanup hitter smacks a grounder to
Michael at shortstop. Michael turns and finds
Christopher right where he needed to be, covering
second base. Michael flipped to Chris, and Chris
squeezed the ball. Got him! I D-clare that to be
a very important play!! Pirates escape the inning
with only one run. Yay!! It's 6-4 going to the
third, with the Pirates in the lead.
In the top of the third, the top of the
Pirates order D-stroyed the ball. Blake led off
with a triple to right field. Ryan went Blake one
further, legging out a home run to the right
field fence. Everybody was cheering. I asked
Coach Rodney what the applause was for. He said
everyone's cheering the long gone homer. Long
Gone Homer? That's me!! Well, shucks. I'd like to
thank all the little people that have helped get
me this far, and I don't want to forget..... HUH?
Oh, they're not cheering for ME? Well, fine. See
if I care.......... Anyway, back to the game.
Andrew followed Ryan's great round-tripper with a
get-out-of-the-way hit to left field. Brian got
another hit up the middle. Then Anna showed her
amazing power (and speed) to get another double.
Michael and Max finished it up by getting singles
to push across the fourth and fifth runs.
In the bottom of the third, after a couple
hits and a strikeout, the D-Backs batter hit the
ball D-rectly to Hayden at first base. No
problem. Hayden made the out unassisted. The
inning ended with the batter hitting sharply to
Ryan at shortstop, who came up gunning. He threw
to Hayden at first for the third out. No runs for
the D-Backs! On to the fourth, where the Pirates
In the fourth, the Pirates bat 10 players.
Hayden and Chris started with singles. Josh B.
got an infield hit -- and he was only safe
because he motored to first as fast as he could.
After a strikeout, Matthew hit a bases-loaded
single to score two! B.J. followed with his own
hit/RBI. Blake grounded out to first. With two
outs, Ryan cracked a double to right field. Then
Andrew and Brian got singles. Six runs score!
In the bottom of the fourth, the D-Backs get
four straight hits to start things off. Then Max
catches a high pop fly at second base for the
first out. We even almost doubled off the runner
at third. Hayden got another unassisted putout at
first base. Then Hayden got bored with making the
easy play at first. With two outs, the batter hit
a grounder to Hayden. Hayden fooled everyone by
not stepping on first. Rather, threw to the
plate!! Luckily (for Hayden), Andrew was waiting
and applied the perfect tag. D-Backs score 3, but
that's not enough. Pirates win by the ten-run
There was still time, so the Pirates and
D-Backs played another practice inning. The
Pirates batted 10 players again. If we were
counting, we probably scored another 6 runs or
so. Everyone was hitting, including Chris, who
got his third straight hit!
Chris sure D-livered when it counted today. He
went 3-for-3, and made the putout in the second
inning with the bases loaded. That kept the
Pirates in the lead. Chris definitely D-serves
Coach Rodney's choice as today's Pirate Pick!
Super game Chris!