Glasgow Comets 19 - Edinburgh Giants 14

Scheduled Date: 
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 13:00
Away Team: 
Glasgow Comets
Home Team: 
Edinburgh Giants
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Game write up: 

Something strange always happens when these sides meet, usually games with high scores and plenty of flashpoints. It was for this reason the powers that be decided Giants vs Comets Opening day 2017 in Edinburgh was the way to go, and what a way to go it turned out. Both teams with a new swagger of anticipation about the season took the field in the Glorious Edinburgh sunshine, and served up another marathon game decided by a huge comeback by the Glasgow Comets in the second half of the game to get their season off to a flyer.
It was an all-US Pitching matchup as Kyle Huffey took to the hill for Edinburgh but was put under pressure right away. Fortuitously Edinburgh got the 1st out of the game as Xander Harrison got caught trying to stretch a single into a double before George Coulter walked, John Nelson Doubled and Mike Greenwood singled in the first 2 runs. Comets catching a break as a collision between Nelson and the Giants shortstop was ruled incidental and the runs counted. Edinburgh would pounce on the Comets for the remainder of the start of the game however, as Nelson taking the mound as Opening day starter struggled with control and also the Glasgow defence found themselves unable to back him up. The game tied in the bottom of the 1st as a would-be 6-4-3 double play attempt was booted allowing 2 runs to score, and hits from Paul Convoy,

Kyle Huffey and Arik Raviv saw them stretch the lead to 6-2 before Nelson exited in the 2nd inning. 
He made way for Santino DeRosa who also struggled to stop the bleeding for Glasgow, as more solid hitting this time from the returning CE Alexander, saw the Giants extend their lead to 8-3 after 3 innings, as Huffey also steadied the ship on the other side of the ball for the home side.

Giants looked to have a grip of the game again as they cleared the bases in the 4th to bring about a 12-2 lead. Comets turned to the bench to stir a comeback, Mobasel Hussain making his debut as he replaced Chris Kelly. However it was John Nelson who began the comeback as he hit a lazer shot to deep right field narrowly clearing the fence for a 3 run homerun. With the score at 12-5, the Comets rallied as they notched their first scoreless inning defensively in the bottom of the 5th, Xander Harrison with play of the game in centre field with a running over the shoulder grab on a laser beam hit to deep centre by Giants catcher Adam Murphy. Robert Grucela also took the chance to flash the leather, throwing out a Giants batter from left field at 1st base on what looked a sure single. The comeback began when Harrison would reach with 2 outs on an errant throw, scoring 2 runs, with Giants pitcher Huffey visibly injured on the play. 

He made way for Arik Raviv to make the save however struggles with control saw the Comets regain control as they put together a huge 6th inning to take the lead 14-12. Giants showed they were not done however, as Arik Raviv led off the bottom of the 6th with a towering homerun to right field, bringing the score to 14-13, and afterwards Kyle Huffey with another RBI to tie us up going into the 7th.

Again Edinburgh struggled on the other side of the ball. Greenwood and Maguire with RBIs to take the Comets to a 16-14 lead, before Player manager Xander Harrison took the mound with the 9-out save opportunity. a scoreless 7th for Edinburgh was followed up as Nelson sent his 2nd homerun of the game which was an absolute moonshot to left clearing the fence easilly allowing Coulter and Greenwood also to score. Comets shored up the defence in the bottom of the 8th thanks to a nice sliding play by 2nd baseman Harry Prince to retire the side, before the new pitcher for Edinburgh, Adam Murphy, struck out the side in the 9th, setting the scene for Glasgow to close out the game.

Harrison struck out the first 2 hitters before the final out of the game which was a towering pop up caught by MVP John Nelson, as the Comets completed comeback of the century being 12-2 down earlier, to recover outscoring their opponents 17-2 in the latter half of the game.
A warm embrace in the centre of the field for all Comets players took place before the teams shook hands. One winner and one loser however both teams will have been glad to have been able to test the strength and depth of their respective squads having to dig deep into the various pitching and fielding options they had available. MVP of the day obviously to Native Texan John Nelson, with 2 HR and 8 RBI on the day. Comets jubilant to come away with the win with the Giants left to ponder where it all went wrong. Congrats to Mobasel Hussain for his debut and first hit and John McKellar pulling on the White and Sky Blue for the first time since 2015. Comets have 3 weeks off before they welcome a new Aberdeen team to Glasgow for a double header, time to soak it in and recover from today's marathon affair.