Redlegs Win on Rare Walk-Off Strike Out


The nightcap turned out to be a different story as a combination of Don Parrish and Brad Clark held the Royals to 3 runs on 6 hits over 8 frames, the problem was that the Redleg offense couldn’t seem to take advantage which sent this one to extra innings.

The Royals scored first in the 2nd, but the lead was short lived as the Redlegs put 2 on the board in the bottom half. Brandon Howard launched his 4th homerun of the season to lead off the inning. Brad Clark then singled and eventually scored, but the Royals were able to turn a double play to end any more of a threat. The Redlegs then went up 3-1 in the 3rd inning. Jared Bradley walked and was driven in on a 2 out single by Kyle Arend.

The Royals would tie things up in the 4th when Kevin Reynolds hit a 2 run shot out of the ball park. Brad Clark then took over on the hill for the Redlegs and pitched the final 4 innings allowing only 1 hit while striking out 5. The Redlegs had a chance at a walk off in the 7th when James Robinson singled with 1 out, his 3rd hit of the game, and was lifted for a pinch runner in Matt Redman. Redman quickly stole 2nd but was stranded as Royal reliever Jake Wilson got back to back punch outs to end the threat. The Royals then almost took the lead in the top half of the 8th. With a runner on 2nd and 1 out, Brad Clark was able to induce a swinging strikeout that ended up at the backstop. The runner tried to score from 2nd on the passed ball, but Redleg catcher Steve Benthal was able to track it down and make a diving tag to get the out at the plate.

This set the scene for the 2nd walk off win in franchise history, which was also the 2nd walk off win within the last 2 weeks, even though it wasn’t as pretty as you would like. Kevin Campbell started the inning with a single and was replaced on 1st by Matt Morrison as a pinch runner. Morrison then would steal 2nd base to put the winning run in scoring position with no outs. Jared Bradley, who had 3 hits on the day already, stepped in and hit a hard grounder right back up the middle but Wilson was able to make a great snag, and get the out at 1st. Morrison wisely moved up to 3rd on the play. After a groundout, Kyle Arend stepped in and was hit by his team leading 5th pitch of the season. This brought Jacob Robinson to the plate with 2 outs and runners on the corners. Robinson was certainly due, having gone 0-6 on the day. After working a full count, Robinson chased a ball in the dirt for strike 3, but the pitch got away from the Royals catcher. Arend was moving on the full count, so Robinson quickly took off for first in hopes of keeping the inning alive. The throw to first came in low, and Royals first basemen and skipper Mark Franklin blocked it and kept the ball close. At the same time, Robinson collided with Franklin and somersaulted over first base missing it completely. Morrison was already on his way home, it was now only a matter of who could get to first base first between Robinson and Franklin. Franklin collected the ball and was moving to 1st, but arrived just behind a crawling Robinson who slapped the bag in the nick of time.


Brandon Howard continued his career high hitting streak, moving up to 9 games. Howard is now batting .438 in his last 5 games. Jacob Robinson (13) and Jackson Millard (10) saw their hitting streaks snapped.

Kyle Arend quietly stole 4 bases on the day and has now tied Matt Mattice for the Redlegs single season record at 12.

James Robinson had 4 hits on the day and improved his hit streak to 5.

Jared Bradley hit his first career MVABL homerun and drove in 3 runs on the day.


J Millard40000
K Arend31010
J Robinson40000
B Howard31110
B Clark31100
J Robinson33000
J McCurdy30000
S Benthal30000
K Campbell31000
J Bradley21101

2B: Bradley
HR: Howard

D Parrish 453333
B Clark (W)410050