Glasgow Comets 3 - Edinburgh Diamond Devils 6

Scheduled Date: 
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 13:00
Away Team: 
Glasgow Comets
Home Team: 
Edinburgh Diamond Devils
Away Score: 
3
Home Score: 
6
Game write up: 

Devils Report

The Comets travelled to Edinburgh to take on the Devils looking to avenge their defeat in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. The Comets have impressed so far this term as have the undefeated Devils, so this had all the makings of a classic.

Hsin Yen had kept the Comets quiet in the first meeting so it was no surpise to see him given the ball for this one. However, the Comets jumped all over him in the first inning with some solid hits and well placed grounders putting three runs on the board in the first inning.

The Comets turned to Santino,to pitch who had also pitched well in the reverse fixture. However, he had to contend with a very strong Devils lineup. Lead off hitter Chris Wilmot was showing all of the necessary skills to cope with his impending parental responsibilities as his trademark patience allowed him to consistently work walks from the Comets and in his pre-sleep depived condition, showed excellent energy as he would steal 5 bases over the course of this game. Chris would be batted in by Hsin Yen on two occasions in the first three innings by sacrifice flies and James would knock in Dan in the third to tie the game up at 3-3.

The Devils settled into a good defensive rhythm after this, in particular with Chris Leadingham showing off his typical cat like agility to pounce on a dribbler and fire a strike around the runner to first . Hsin Yen also did not allow the first inning to rattle him as he pitched out of trouble in the following innings. including strking out the side in the second.

A key moment in the game came in the fifth inning. The Comets were able to get their lead runner on and then their second player after a bounced strikeout. A cunning pick off move failed to catch the runner at third leaving two men on with no-one out and the heart of the Comets lineup due up. However, Hsin Yen was able to retire the dangerous Francis on a pop up before strking out the remaining hitters to end the threat.

This proved crucial as the Devils responded with a threat of their own in the bottom of the inning. The top of the order for the Devils proved their worth here as although they were unable to score any big hits, their piranha esque offense constantly put pressure on the Comets with Chris W scoring on a wild pitch and then Hsin Yen scoring on a sac fly by James.

With a dangerous Comets offence to contend with the Devils were grateful to Bret in the sixth as he was able to work a bases loaded walk to stretch the Devils lead to 6-3. However, Santino would come back to retire James with the bases loaded to end the threat.

The game was far from over at this point as both teams continued to play great baseball with very few mistakes by either side. Hsin Yen continued to work his way through the Comets lineup helped by some casual defence by Jeremy. The nonchalant Frenchman may as well as being leaning against the wall of a Parisian cafe as he threw out runners from second.

Both teams were kept off the scoreboard until the ninth where the Comets were supping from the last chance saloon. However, Hsin Yen was in no mood to give up any more runs as he got the last three outs to seal a hard earned 6-3 victory.

So an excellent game of baseball ended in a 6-3 Devils victory, this was one of the toughest games of the season so far and the quality of the basesball played was demonstrated by the speedy 2 and half hour game time. If both teams play like this for the rest of the season they will be hard to beat.

Comets Report

After today's game in Glasgow was called off at short notice, the only league action to take place this weekend was the visit of the Glasgow Comets to Edinburgh to face the Edinburgh Devils. This was a daunting prospect for the away team against a strong opponent. But the team travelled in good spirits with high hopes and contributed to a great game in front of a few spectators in Warriston.

The team are now very well aware of Devils pitcher Hsin-Yen Lai who pitched a shutout in the last meeting between the 2 teams a month ago, and they got off to a great start with 2 of the first 3 batters reaching with base hits before a run was driven in by James Donnelly. This was immediately followed when Johnny Keir collected 2 RBIs with 2 outs in the inning to see the Comets shoot out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first. Edinburgh were able to reply in the 1st inning when Hsin-Yen Lai drove in leadoff hitter Chris Wilmott on a sacrifice fly but Glasgow were able to maintain the lead. The momentum would then turn however as 4 of the next 6 Comets hitters would strike out and Edinburgh would utilise more intelligent baseball to draw level in the 3rd. Another sacrifice fly followed by an infield single brought the scores to 3-3 after 3 innings, with an exciting game in store from then on.

Glasgow missed an opportunity with the bases loaded before the Devils would sneak in front with yet another sacrifice fly followed by another infield hit. This would see the score reach 5-3 in the 6th inning as Edinburgh had gradually seized control of the game. This lead would be extended in the 7th as Chris Wilmott scored another run, this time on a passed ball and a close play at the plate. With the lead at 6-3 and Glasgow unable to take more chances with runners in scoring position, the final score seemed inevitable as the final 3 hitters were retired in order in the top of the 9th inning, another dominating performance from the Devils' pitcher despite the early setback.

But notice must be given to the Glasgow Comets who were able to restore a lot of pride today against the league champions after 2 consecutive heavy defeats. The away team contributed to a great spectacle at Edinburgh's Bobby Thomson field. Congratulations to Santino DeRosa for also pitching a very solid game despite still collecting the loss. Comets will be back home next weekend against the always entertaining Edinburgh Giants. Until next time have a good one!