Glasgow Comets 11 - Glasgow Galaxy 16

Scheduled Date: 
Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 13:00
Away Team: 
Glasgow Comets
Home Team: 
Glasgow Galaxy
Away Score: 
11
Home Score: 
16
Game write up: 

Late Galaxy rally too much for Comets

A fourth inning grand slam by Comets third-baseman Santino DeRosa wasn’t enough to push Comets past their home-town rivals as Galaxy came back from a 8-1 deficit to take the Glasgow derby 16-11.

A grey day greeted both Glasgow teams on Sunday afternoon as a resurgent Comets team hoped to take a game from the current league-leading Galaxy.

Comets sent Brian McIntosh to the mound to face off against Jason Stott for the Galaxy.

Comets started quickly against Stott as Xander Harrison made a trip up from London to take on the town rivals and started the game with a walk. He would come around on a walk and hits by DeRosa and John Nelson. Galaxy would answer with a run in the bottom half, but missed chances and left two men on as McIntosh struck out John Tafe to end the first frame. Comets leading 2-1.

The second and third innings would be quiet for both teams as McIntosh and Stott showed efficiency and poise to escape threats.

The fourth inning would have Comets take a commanding lead. A leadoff single by Robert Grucela, a walk to McIntosh (who earlier in the count hit a controversial shot that looked to clear the left-field fence, but was called just foul) and a hit by Jaakko Johannes would see the Comets with a bases-loaded threat.

With one out, Stott struck out Harrison and it looked like he might escape the jam. But after a walk to Geo Coulter, DeRosa unloaded on a fastball that was launched over the left-field fence. A grand slam that put the Comets ahead 7-1.

Comets picked up another in the top of fifth with more clutch hitting by the bottom part of the order. But In the bottom half, the Galaxy started to chip away at the lead, A single by Albert Rodriquez was followed by a double by Elvis Grindy, a single by Jim Sehar, hit by pitch to Luis Harvey and walks to Stott and Mike Sweeney. Comets 8, Galaxy 4.

Galaxy would send reliable reliever, Rodriguez to the mound in the 6th. After three walks in the frame, he settled down. Comets 9, Galaxy 4.

In the bottom of the 6th Galaxy clawed back a few more runs on a series of walks and hit batsman.

The rain started to affect the game after the 6th as punctuated showers delayed play and made pitching more difficult.

Nelson took over from McIntosh in the 7th for the Comets and got into some trouble with walks as two more crossed the plate. But Comets also took advantage of some sloppy pitching by Rodriguez in the top of the eighth as two more scored on a walk, a hit batsman and two singles, including a clutch shot up the middle by Saeed Dickie.

All tied at 11 after 8 innings.

Galaxy would use a rally in the bottom of the 8th to put the game away. Walks to Chris Young and Paul Houston would start the rally, which would be highlighted with hits by Gary Milligan, Harvey and Tafe.

Taking a 16-11 lead into the 9th, Albert Rodriquez settled down after two walks to strike out the side.

A much improved Comets team fell just short of an upset in this home-town derby, and both teams showed a lot of team spirit down the stretch.

Next up, Galaxy travel through to Edinburgh to meet the Giants on Sunday, July 9. Game starts at 1:00.

Comets have the week off and will return on Jul 16 at home against the Giants