Game Wrap-up for Weekend 9/19-9/20

The Giants had a tough weekend of baseball, being defeated twice by the Red Sox and White Sox on beautiful weekend mornings. But any day on the ball field is better than a day anywhere else.

Giants Lose to Red Sox 13-10

The Giants lost to the Red Sox in Saturday’s game that featured a pitcher’s duel between Matt L. and Christian W. who have played together on Littleton’s Cal Ripken All-Star team. Both pitchers went three innings, with Matt holding the score to 2 runs while striking out 7 before leaving the mound with a hurt knee from a collision at the plate during a cover play. The Red Sox were able to run up the score in the 4th inning with 10 runs, followed by a final run in the 5th. The Giants came back with 2 runs in the 4th to avoid a shut-out, then rallied with 8 more runs in the 5th inning to close the gap. Jaz was the heavy-hitter of the game with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. Matt and Madhav both hit 2 singles, and Avery and Ben also hit singles and scored runs. The big lesson learned by the boys in this game is “never give up, never give in.”

Giants Lose to White Sox 12-4

Sunday’s game vs. the White Sox was more one-sided against the Giants. Bobby started on the mound and despite a great pitching effort gave up 5 early runs due to strong White Sox hitting throughout the batting order. Bobby held them scoreless in the 2nd inning, but additional pitching changes geve the White Sox chances to book 2 more runs in the 3rd inning and 5 additional runs in the 4th. The Giants bats were stifled by strong White Sox pitching, but Matt L. and Ian P. both clubbed doubles while Ian W. hit 2 singles. Joe and Ben also made base hits, but with 2 runs scored in the 3rd and 2 more in the 4th it wasn’t enough.

One of the things I have observed so far this season is that in spite of the theory of the draft process which is intended to produce balanced teams, the Giants have not benefited from an even distribution of talent and experience with many of the players having moved up this year from the Minors level. They are facing faster pitching along with the adjustments necessary due to playing with wood bats: A double-disadvantage at this level. The challenge will be to keep inspiring the boys and prevent discouragement from taking hold.

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