Edinburgh Giants 4 - Edinburgh Diamond Devils 11

Scheduled Date: 
Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 13:00
Away Team: 
Edinburgh Giants
Home Team: 
Edinburgh Diamond Devils
Away Score: 
Home Score: 
Game write up: 

Devils Report:

The Devils took on the Giants today at Bobby Thomson Field looking to build on their solid start to season so far. Hsin-Yen started on the mound for the third straight game and after a 123 top of the first, the Devils got to work at the plate. For a moment it looked like they may tally up the runs quickly.

Chris W led off with a walk, stole 2nd, then scored on a single from Dan. Due to a harsh scorekeeper however the run was ruled to have scored due to an error by the left fielder depriving Dan of a RBI. Things quickly calmed down for the Devils however as the next 5 batters resulted in 6 outs. With two outs, Devils clean-up hitter Bret laced a line drive at Panda playing third and the Giant were able double up Dan at second.

The Giants quickly answered back with a run in the second, but no more runs would come across for either team until the bottom of third. The Devils eight and nine hitters worked walks to start the inning and were then followed by back to back to back one-RBI hits. First was a double down the right field line by Chris W, and Dan and Hsin-Yen followed with singles. Bret then got a RBI with a sac fly in his only semi-productive trip to the plate all day. Two batters later Sylvain plated a run by legging out an infield single with two outs and a runner on third in a play that was close enough to raise tempers and emotions on both sides.

Hsin-Yen continued his recent string of dominance on the mound, although this time he relied far more on ground balls than the strikeout. In the bottom of the fifth the Devils tacked on a further two runs to take an 8-1 lead. The Giants answered back with a double by Rafa which led to him scoring on the next batter, but that was to be the last run the Giants would manage off Hsin-Yen.

In the bottom of the 7th the Devils needed 4 runs to bring the mercy rule into effect. Things started well with two runs coming across, including one on a Giants error trying to field a hard hit ball by Rob R making his return to the field for the first time in two years. But with two outs Bret came up short and stranded runners at second and third so the game played on.

In the bottom of the 8th Tristram led off with his second ground-rule double of the year, which tied him for the team lead in a competition featuring far more action than the home run crown. He would later score the 11th and final run for the Devils before taking the mound for the final inning in his first pitching appearance of the season. Things started a bit rough with two walks and a single. The Giants gave a solid effort at the rally by plating two runs, but it was too late as T added a few mph onto his fastball and got the final out of the game on his second K.

Overall it was a solid game of defense and pitching for the Devils with enough offense to earn the win and move to 4-0 on the year. Of particular note was the solid defense in the infield, including some impressive range from T at third, and two outfield assists, including one from Sylvain early in the game when he threw a laser to the cut-off who relayed home to Chris L who was just able to apply the tag before the sliding Giant runner could touch plate. Additionally Chris L got his first runner caught stealing at second base when he got Paul out for the second out in a strike 'em out throw 'em out double play. The Giants played well and had a much better game at the plate this time against Hsin-Yen than in their first game and it should once again be a good season series between these two.

Giants Report:

With the sun shining in Edinburgh the Devils hosted the Giants at Bobby Thompson Field. A great game of Baseball resulted in a scoreline of 11-4 in favour of the Devils but with the Giants getting 12 hits compared to the Devils 14 The scoreline does not do the Giants justice.

In the first inning the Giants would only get the 1 hit from Oliver Warne who would steal 2nd and 3rd base but get no further thanks to staunt pitching from the Devils starter Hsinyen Lai. The Devils would score 1 run in the first before the Giants would reply in the 2nd inning with a run of their own scored by the returning Panda (Ce Alexander), batted in by Paul Convoy who would go on to get caught stealing in dramatic fashion. The big guy hasn't stole much for good reason and despite a great effort trying to dive around the Devils catcher Chris Leadingham got the throw to his brother Dan in time. Jon Doyle would strike out to end the inning.
Doyle would redeem himself in the 2nd inning by continuing great defensive play at 2nd base to keep the score tied. Jon contributed to all 6 of the outs in the first two innings including a double play catch at 3rd by Panda to Jon to tag the runner ending the inning.

The 3rd inning saw the league debut of Edinburgh Juniors graduate Sebastian who also earned his first hit, and get to 2nd on an unusual error from Lai on the mound and after Warne earned his 2nd hit of the game Sebastian would be caught at home in a great sliding effort which saw the boy bleed for his team!! A great effort and a touch and go call which went in Chris's favour.
The 3rd inning for the Devils came alive scoring a total of 5 runs from poor pitching and great hitting. The 8 and 9 batters Jérémy Goyffon and Ryan Fyvie earned walks the top of the Devils batting order would see that the mistake was punished. Additional runs from Chris Wilmott, Dan Leadingham and Hsinyen took the score to 6-1 Devils.

A runless 4th inning was followed by a further 2 runs from the Devils in the 5th would have it 8-1 going into the top of the 6th. The inning would begin well with a double from Rafael Perez and would be batted home by Georges Necer who was out at first from a play from Tristam Gibbons at 3rd to Bret Griffin at 1st. Panda would then fly out to left fielder Callum Brown and Kyle Huffey popped up foul and caught by the relief catcher Sylvain Morisot to continue to story of the day for the Giants. A 1-2-3 bottom of the batting order followed in the 7th before the Devils relentless bats added another 2 runs in the bottom of the inning. Yet again it went 1-2-3 in the rope of the 8th before the Devils would add 1 more to the tally resulting in an 11-2 scoreline leading into the 9th.

With the impossible looming the Giants got loud and encouraged the batters to make things happen and happen they did. Necer and Panda would earn walks from the Devils closer Tristam bringing Huffey to the plate with 2 on base. Kyle would drill one to centre and Necer (without a base coach to tell him otherwise) would charge for home turning 3rd from 2nd in an attempt to get the rally going but be tagged by Morisot standing well before even getting to the plate. This brought up Convoy and with a 2-2 count would blast one to centre allowing both the runners to score. Unfortunately the rally would end soon after this. Convoy would get to 3rd after a hit from Sebastian and a walk from Ness and with 2 outs co-manager Warne took to the plate. A good at bat unfortunately culminate in a full count strike out ending the game 11-4 to the Devils.

The reigning champions showed exactly why they are the SNL champs with great batting and pitching to go with the stalwart defence. As for the Giants, while they lacked the killer bats should be proud of the tight defence with only a couple of errors. Doyle played a fantastic game at 2nd base in his first full game in the position and the debutant Sebastian played a great game in left field and at the plate and has inspired the Giants management of Convoy and Warne to try and get the graduated junior on the Giants roster for 2014.