Redlegs Lose Heartbreaker

07/27/2012
 

The Redlegs and Cardinals met up on Thursday night for their 3rd contest this season and 8th since both teams were founded in 2010. The Cardinals bested the Redlegs earlier this season in both games of a double header but the Redlegs held the overall series at 4-3.

Kevin Campbell took the hill again for the Redlegs and, unsurprisingly, pitched well against another potent offensive team. The Redlegs struck first in the top of the 1st inning. Matt Mattice walked with 1 out and stole 2nd base before Robinson took a walk to put runners on 1st and 2nd. After a strikeout, Taylor Patterson walked to load the bases. Steve Benthal then dumped a ball into no manís land in right field for a double which scored 2 runs. Jack Millard then walked to load the bases again, but the Cardinals then got a groundball to end the inning and leave 3 runners stranded. The Cardinals took advantage of a couple of defensive miscues by the Redlegs which led to two runs in the bottom half of the 1st to tie things right back up.

The Redlegs took the lead back in the 4th inning. Patterson led the inning off with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and then scored on a single by Steve Benthal. In the bottom half of the 4th with one out a Redlegs error allowed a baserunner, but he was quickly erased when Benthal gunned him down trying to steal 2nd base. The Cardinals then scored 1 in the bottom of the 5th to tie things back up. But then it looked like the Redlegs put things away in the top of the 6th when they pushed 3 more runs across. Patterson, Benthal, and Millard singled consecutively with 1 out to load the bases before Bobby Dempsey delivered a ball to the base of the left field fence, narrowly missing a grand slam. Jared Bradley then singled in a run to give the Redlegs a 6-3 lead.

Skipper Jacob Robinson opted to send Campbell back out in the 7th inning to finish what he started, but the Cardinals were ready for a rally. After a lead off single and then a pop out, Campbell got his groundball but the Redlegs were unable to turn the double play that would have ended the game. The Cardinals then delivered 4 consecutive hits to score 4 runs and get a walkoff 7-6 win.

Boxscore

PlayerABHRRBIBB
M Redman30000
M Mattice30101
J Robinson31101
B Howard40000
T Patterson11202
S Benthal33130
J Millard21101
B Dempsey31020
J Bradley31010
K Campbell10002
J Long20000
G Lebouef10000

2B: Benthal; Dempsey
3B: Robinson

PlayerIPHRERKBB
K Campbell (L)6.67137220
D Wittman 0.3310000