07/08/2016 12:38 PM
Pasadena, CA --- Manager Chevrier wanted to see his players become a team that could rely on small-ball hitting techniques to help provide run support to pitchers, and his wishes came true as the Arroyo Seco Sentinels scored often and early. However, these efforts would be erased with inadequate relief pitching which sent the game into extra innings allowing the winning run to score from third base with a runner on first that lead to a 8-7 Sentinel victory.
Brandon Ponticelli did not earn a decision, although pitching five innings, struck out six batters and allowed two runs on five hits. The losing pitcher was Nick Asuncion who only lasted two innings and allowed five runs on four hits.
This was the Sentinels second extra-inning game with a loss the day before against the Riptide 4-3. Manager Chevrier offers a realism about the Sentinels’ performance at this point in the season.
“Luckily we were able to scratch across a run in the eleventh inning,” Chevrier said “But you’d like to think as a coach with a 7-2 lead in the eighth that you can shut it down.”
The Surf first scored against Ponticelli who appeared a little shaky at first. After two quick outs he allowed two singles by Thompson and Steering and then after loading the bases, threw a wild pitch that allowed Thompson to score, giving the Surf a 1-0 lead.
McKinnon went 3-4 with one run and one walk. Colarossi was 3-5 with three singles and two runs. The Sentinels scored first as Colarossi scored by stealing home as McKinnon took off to steal second to draw Ramos’ throw, which worked for the Sentinels.
In the second inning, Coolen’s single up the middle scored a run after Ponticelli retired the first two batters he faced, making the score tied at 2-2. In the latter half of the inning, the Sentinels’ Abernathy and Leach initiated a double steal, and McKinnon drove in a run on a ground ball to second base. Then Chavez hit a deep fly ball over the head of Mulrooney to drive in Colarossi. Chavez was 1-5. The Sentinels had a 5-2 lead.
The Sentinels would add to their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning due to a fielding error to give the Sentinels a 7-2 lead.
Sentinels relief pitching seemed to do fine for two innings but fell into trouble allowing a total of five runs and failing to hold the game.
Chevrier would have liked Davidson to escape the inning without allowing the tying run to score but wanted him to learn how to take responsibility for the team and stay in the game.
“He had one bad inning,” said Chevrier. “He has had to step back for the last couple of weeks where he hasn’t been able to get out and be able to pitch. He had an inning where he kind of lost a little bit leaving some ball right over the plate and he was able to settle down after that inning and throw up some zeros for another four innings after that.”
Sentinels’ relief loaded the bases and then on a base hit, a run scored. The bottom of the order produced another hit and another run scored. Due to a fielding error, the third run scored. On a ground out, the fourth run would score, giving the Sentinels a lead 7-6 with the tying run in scoring position. On another base hit, the tying run would score, making it 7-7.
By the end of the game, the Surf appeared to have more energy than the Sentinels as they managed to have the leadoff batter reach base safely on a basehit to left field. Luckily for the Sentinels, the Surf were not able to have the winning run reach second base.
The Sentinels had the chance to win the game on a base hit with McKinnon on second base, but Colarossi popped out. Another chance came in the bottom of the tenth innings with Chavez in scoring position and Bardwell at-bat. Bardwell hit a hard line drive right to the position of Mulrooney for the second out. But DeRaad struck out on an 0-2 count sending the game to the eleventh inning.
Perez hit an infield single and, on a hit-and-run, reached third base on a single to the left side of the field by McKinnon. Perez looked toward home and, on wild pitch, sprinted home and was safe at the plate for the win 8-7.