3/9: The Giants won their second game in two days by defeating the James Logan Colts on the road today 9-5. Blake Cusick earned the win in a high scoring battle and left the game after pitching three innings with the Giants up 8-5. Josh Cohen got the start, pitching two innings and Andreas Gleckman pitched the final two, without yielding a run.
After a scoreless first, Jack Morken led off the top of the second with a single to right. Michael Connors advanced Morken to second and Luke Zlatunich singled to left advancing Morken to third. Robbie Wilson roped a double to right, scoring Morken and Zlatunich, putting the Giants up 2-0. Wilson was erased at third on a hard shot hit by Dane Goodman, and Goodman advanced to second on the play. Goodman hustled to third on a passed ball and Genki LeClair knocked him in on a single to center, taking the game to the bottom of the second with the score Giants 3, Colts 0.
James Logan scored in the bottom of the frame, but the Giants answered in an achievement that has only been recorded once at the Major League level, as the Redwood Giants tallied back-to-back-to-back triples. Pascal Brassey led off the top of the third with a triple to right. Mackie Skall followed with a triple to right, scoring Brassey. Jack Morken then completed the Triple-Tri-Fecta with another triple to right field, scoring Skall. On June 1, 2011 the Toronto Blue Jays accomplished this feat for first time in Major League history, tallying back-to-back-to-back triples against the Cleveland Indians in the fifth inning, Michael Connors kept the hit parade going with a single to left, scoring Morken and putting the Giants up 6-1. Luke Zlatunich added to the hit tally for the fifth hit in a row, ripping a double to right but Connors was cut down at the plate. The Colts answered by scoring four runs in the bottom of the inning, taking the game to the top of the fourth with the Giants ahead, 6-5.
Both James Logan and Redwood didn’t threaten until the Giants scored in the top of the fifth after Mackie Skall led off the inning with a shot to left. Dio Cornet came in to pinch run and scored on another double by Luke Zlatunich. Robbie Wilson then singled, but was left stranded on the bases taking the game to the bottom of the fifth with the Giants leading, 8-5.
Giants added an insurance run in the top of the sixth after Pascal Brassey reached first on a four pitch walk and scored on a perfectly executed hit-and-run by Mackie Skall, putting the Giants up 9-5. Andreas Gleckman shut down the Colts in the final two innings of the game, securing the win for the Giants. “This team can hit, I’m pretty sure we set a record today, I know I have never seen three triples in a row in all my years of playing, coaching and watching baseball”, Head Coach Mike Firenzi said after the game.
Cusick earned the win backed by fourteen Giants hits. Genki LeClair, Pascal Brassey and Michael Connors each had a hit, with Robbie Wilson adding two. Mackie Skall, Jack Morken and Luke Zlatunich came up big for the Giants with three hits apiece. Brassey, Morken, and Zlatunich scored twice and Skall and Goodman both scored a run for Redwood. Wilson had three RBI’s.
The Giants open the MCAL season against Terra Linda at home, rain permitting, on Tuesday. When asked about his outlook on the MCAL season, Firenzi said, “I’m looking forward to the start of conference play, we have worked hard this year. We have a solid and deep pitching staff and we will score runs, I just hope the weather holds up because it looks like we are going to see a lot of rain these next two weeks”.