Giants Beat Cardinals 6-5

After several rained-out games, the Giants played their final game of the Fall season and defeated the Cardinals 6-5. A nice win to end the season. Matt L. started on the mound for the Giants and pitched for 3 innings, striking out 9 and allowing only 1 hit and 1 run. Jaz pitched the next 2 innings in relief, striking out 5 and allowing 2 more runs based on walks. Madhav closed the game, striking out 2 and relying on great fielding from Bobby at 1st who caught a screaming line drive headed for the center-right gap. Offensively, the heart of the Giant’s batting order went to work with Jaz, Matt L. Ian P. and Ian W. all scoring runs and driving RBI’s. Matt and both Ians all hit 2 for 3 on the night. Joe and Ben also scored on Cardinals fielding errors.

Now it’s the off-season, time for the World Series and some serious off-season training as Matt prepares to play AAU baseball again in the Spring.

Giants Fall to Rangers 15-5

OK, so in keeping solidarity with the Boston Red Sox being handed their hats by the Angels, the Giants played just as well tonight against the Rangers in a game where the Giants managed to register only 3 hits from both Matt L.’s and Ian P. while sponsoring a walk-a-thon from the mound during the second half of the game. Nuf Ced.

2 outstanding moments of play by the Giants are worthy of mention: Matt L. started the game on the mound and collected 6 strike-outs in 2 1/3 innings before retiring due to a sprained finger which he had suffered last night while catching behind the plate when he was struck in his throwing hand by a bat’s late backswing. The second batter he felled was Matt’s 400th Career K, which is a milestone for a youth baseball player by any measure. Matt also recorded his 150th Career RBI during the game. The other golden moment was an inside-the-park homerun by the other Matt L. which was one of the Giant’s 3 hits of the night. Congratulations to both Matts on jobs well done!

Games Wrap-up 9/25-10/10

The Giants have continued their Fall season with a couple of wins and a tie added to the books since the end of September.

9/25: Giants Win over Cardinals 10-7

The Giants came from behind in the 5th inning to steal a victory from the Cardinals with a 5-run rally. Both Matt L.’s were the heavy hitters with three doubles, 2 singles and 3 runs scored between them. Ian P. also had 2 singles and Jaz, Ben, Bobby & Avery each contributed base hits. Jaz started the game on the mound and pitched 3 innings, striking out 7. Madhav relieved in the 4th and struck out 3 more to hold the Cardinals while the Giants offense stole the game.

9/26 Giants Fall to Expos 7-3

In the follow-up game vs. the Expos, the Giants were unable to capitalize with men on base. Bobby was the heavy-hitter with a single and double, and both Matt L. and Ian P. clubbed doubles. Madhav, Ben & Jaz all had base hits, but the Expos defense was on the job. Matt L. started on the mound and pitched for 4 innings, striking out 4. The Expos bats were hot and some costly fielding errors by the Giants further aided the Expos in building an early 5-1 lead  by the 2nd inning. Bobby relieved on the mound in the 4th inning and struck out 5 to hold the Expos to only 2 additional runs, but the Giants were unable to make up the deficit.

10/4 Giants tie the Angels 5-5

The Giants were lucky to emerge with a tie in this nail-biter of a game which featured a pitcher’s duel between Littleton All-Stars Matt L. and Connor B. who were starters on the mound for their respective Acton-Boxboro Fall teams. Matt went 4 innings, striking out 9 and allowing no hits while holding the Angels to only 1 run based on a costly fielding error through the 4th. Connor B. of the Angels pitched 3 innings, striking out 4 and allowing just 2 hits including a single from Ian W. and double from Matt L. After the Angels made a pitching change in the 4th inning, the Giants offense picked up with 2 runs scored in the 4th and 3 more in the 6th. Madhav followed Matt in relief on the mound and kept the Angels down in the 5th inning, but a 6th inning rally gave the Angels 4 more runs to tie before the 5th strike-out ended the game.

10/10 Giants Defeat Rays 14-8

The Giants prevailed over the Rays in a cold night under the lights better suited to football than baseball. The Giants bats were alive and led to runs in all innings while Giants pitching with Madhav on the mound kept the Rays scoreless until the 4th inning. The top of the batting order with Jaz, both Matt L.’s and both Ians generated 6 singles, a double and a triple. Madhav added a double and both Avery and Matt C added key singles at the bottom of the order to keep the momentum going. Madhav pitched into the 4th inning with 5 strike-outs, giving up 3 runs. Jaz relieved and collected 7 strike-outs in 2 innings of work to keep the lead through the end of the game.

Next, stay tuned for Sunday night baseball…