5/13: There was a big, enthusiastic crowd on hand at Albert Field for the MCAL Championship game. Redwood and MC had split the season series, so this figured to be a good matchup. In the end, MC prevailed on a walk-off HR in the 8th to win 3-2.
The bottom line in this game was that Giants couldn’t put together any clutch hits. Indeed, the Giants only had 2 hits total, to MC’s 7. It also didn’t help that Giants hitters struck out 10 times! Despite that, the Giants were up 2-1 going into the bottom on the 7th, but couldn’t hold on. MC got a run to tie the game, sending it into extras.
In the top of the 8th, Redwood went down without any hits. In the bottom of the 8th, Brad Burnes stepped up to the plate for MC and destroyed a ball over the left field wall. This was Burnes’ second dinger of the game and both of his blasts were big-boy home runs. Absolutely crushed. It was an impressive display, which unfortunately came at the Giants’ expense.
Rory Minty got the start for the Giants and he pitched well. He went six innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits, with 5 strikeouts and 1 walk. He certainly pitched well enough to win, but just didn’t get enough run support from the Giants’ offense. The only real notable AB for the Giants was Colin Cuneen, who put a charge into a ball that was hit to the warning track in left. The ball was smoked, but caught by the left fielder for a long out.
The Giants fell to 18-8 on the season. NCS play begins next week.