Dateline: Browns Chapel
It was an idyllic Spring morning as the Red Sox started a road trip against the Mets. Jared and Justin led off with singles and Garrett walked to load the bases with no outs. The Mets got out with limited damage as Coach Grossman sent Jared on a wild pitch, but the Mets catcher was alert and tagged him at home. More grumblings in the stands could be heard about Coach Grossman’s frivolous third base coaching. Questions about the length of his contract dominate discussions in the parents section. Justin scored on a wild pitch and the the Red Sox led 1-0 after one. Garrett went to the mound and for the second outing in a row, was unhittable. He struck out the first two. The next batter hit a towering fly to deep left. Matt camped under it and made the catch. Three up and three down as the Red Sox rejoiced.
The Red Sox bats were silent in the top of the second and Garrett remained stellar on the mound so after two it was still a pitchers duel at 1-0.
The top of the third saw the Red Sox go down quietly. Michael F. came on in the bottom of the third. A walk and three infield hits scored four runs. Suddenly the Red Sox were down 4-1.
In the top of the fourth the Red Sox retaliated. Jared led off with a walk, Justin singled to left, Garrett walked to load the bases and Matt walked in Jared for a run. William walked scoring Justin. Garrett and Matt scored on successive wild pitches. Matt came on in the bottom of the fourth and struck out the side quickly. After four it was 5-4 Red Sox.
In the top of the fifth the Red Sox went down quietly and Matt returned to the mound. He struck out the first batter. A long single to left put a runner on. Matt struck out the next batter for out two and got the last batter to pop up quietly to him. As the game headed for the sixth it was a one run game 5-4 Red Sox.
In the top of the sixth, the Red Sox started slow with two strikouts. Then a two out rally ensued. A single by Chris to left, a smash by Jared to deep left and Justin’s third hit of the day loaded the bases. A walk to Garrett scored Chris and a walk to Ben scored Jared. Wild pitches scored Justin and Garrett. When the dust had settled it was 9-4 Red Sox as the Mets came up for their final at bat. Matt gave up an infield single to the first batter and walked a second. The leadoff man stole third and scored on a wild pitch. Matt settled down and struck out the next three batters to secure the win for the Red Sox.
Coach Grossman again was very pleased with the game and surprisingly, allowed a brief post game interview. He said “Some of our hitters were fantastic today. I was very impressed with Jared’s long hit to the outfield. Our defense is getting better too. Matt’s catch in left was great. We all need to work more on confidence at the plate…I am sure a lot of our guys will be hitting the ball very soon.” Coach Goldstein, back from his Florida retreat said “What a thriller. Lets hope we don’t have too many one run games for five innings. Our team continues to progress rather nicely.”