OUA Baseball Finals – Game 2
After Brock dropping the first game of the best of 3 series at home, the OUA baseball finalshifted to LondonforGame2 and Game 3 vs. old rival WesternMustangs(if necessary).
To start off, I will give you a Game 1 recap. This game was over before it began really, with Western starting tall righthander Sean Grimes. Some of you might remember Sean as being a 6th round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays and pitching vs. a young Jeremy Bonderman in the 3 Nations Cup back in 2000 (and winning). This year he sports a 0.83 ERA. Brock was able to light up Western’s reliever Andrew Bergman late in the game, but it was too little, too late. Now on to Game 2 at London’s famed Labatt Memorial Park.
It was a beautiful day for baseball with a game time temperature of 25C and not a cloud in the sky. Brock’s ace, LHP Nathan Penrose toed the rubber against Western RHP Jon Rubin.
Penrose was sharp from the get-go, mixing speeds and levels well while being able to reach back and throw heat when he needed to. I was quite impressed. He got stronger as the game went on and his curve missed many bats.
Things were quiet for the most part until the 5th when Brock scraped together a rally. With runners on first and third and one out, Rubin pulled out a classic Hentgen-esque fake to third throw to first and was able to pick off Jeremy Fernandez. Brock’s Coach Lounsbury was visibly incensed, screaming “Jesus!” and throwing his hat down while kicking a helmet. With that, the rally was killed.
In the 6th, Western laid down consecutive sac bunts and Penrose fielded them both cleanly. In the home half of the inning (Brock in this game – don’t ask why) Rubin tired and lost his control. Western brought in an LHP named Jeff Edmonson. He was none too impressive, an above average fastball yet flat and straight. Brock was able to capitalize with an RBI from Jeff Gruchy.
In the 7th inning Penrose looked like he was beginning to tire but he gutted it out by making his pitches when he needed to. In the home half, Western began to crumble in the form of third baseman Alexander Carducci. He made at least 3 errors in the inning allowing Brock to score and load the bases. Edmonson was replaced by Matt Grasby, who had control issues and walked in a run.
In the 8th, defensive liability Alexander Carducci was replaced by Brad Hill.
Penrose managed to record one out in the ninth before walking the bases loaded. TC Murray came on in relief of Penrose and prompty walked in a run. No worries though as Murray strikes out the next hitter, closing out the first game of the double dip with a win for Brock, 4-2.