Glasgow Comets 22 - Edinburgh Cannons 6

Scheduled Date: 
Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 13:00
Away Team: 
Glasgow Comets
Home Team: 
Edinburgh Cannons
Away Score: 
22
Home Score: 
6
Game write up: 

Glasgow Comets travelled through to Edinburgh this past Sunday to face the 2nd place Cannons on a blustery Scottish afternoon. Both teams looking to bounce back after losses in their last games. However, it was the Comets that would prevail on the day.

Comets once again sent their ace work horse Santino De Rosa to the mound to face the Cannons tireless pitching machine and team manager Jason "Nuke Laloosh" Derr.

Top of the first inning saw the Comets jump out to an early lead as hits from De Rosa and Chuan Kao got men aboard. This would be a theme throughout the game. A series of errors by the Cannons allowed a few Comets to score, as well as a big hit and RBI from Jaakko Miettinen to give the Comets a 5 run lead to start the game. However, the Cannons were able to get one back in the bottom of the first to bring the score to 5-1 after one inning of play. Comets 5 - 1 Cannons

The second inning was relatively quiet as the Comets were only able to push one run across on a Kao sac fly. De Rosa's solid pitching and Comets defence were able to keep the Cannons scoreless in the bottom half. Comets 6 - 1 Cannons.

The Comets opened up the scoring again in the top of the third inning as Chris Kelly smashed a line drive down the third baseline to score Comets catcher Louis Maguire. Geo Coulter kept things going with a line drive single over short stop and a De Rosa double to right. Comets manager John Nelson was able to bring both runners in on a hard hit single passed the Cannons short stop. Nelson able to advance to third on the throw to home and an errant throw to second base. Comets plating four runs in the top half of the 3rd. Once again the strong pitching from De Rosa and sound defence from the Comets were able to keep the Cannons off the board in the bottom half of the inning. Comets 10 - 1 Cannons.

The fourth inning was again a relatively quiet one as the only run scored came off a 1-3 sacrifice from Kelly to give him his second RBI of the game. And again the Comets were able to keep the bottom half of the inning clean as the Cannons were unable to score. Comets 11 - 1 Cannons.

The top of the fifth inning saw the Comets add a couple of more runs as Maguire ripped a line drive to left centre field scoring Kao with a follow up base hit RBI by Robert Grucela to bring the Comets to 13 runs. However, the Cannons were able to respond in a big way in the bottom half of the fifth as their lineup came to life with several well placed hits and strong disciple at the plate. Cannons were able to get four runs across bringing them right back into the game. 
Comets 13 - 5 Cannons.

However, the Comets were able to get two of those runs back as Brian McIntosh lead things off with a big line drive to left field. De Rosa brought McIntosh home with a massive double down the left field line. Not to be outdone, Kao rocketed a deep drive to left field that landed just short of the fence. But for the strong wind blowing in, he might have cleared the fence. Comets putting across two in the top of the sixth. Controversy ensued in the bottom of the sixth as Cannons had runners on first and second with one out and a pop fly to Coulter at shortstop was not called as an infield fly rule. Coulter dropping the ball was able to tag the runner at second and touch second base to get the force, ending the inning and effectively killing the Cannons rally. 
Comets 15 - 5 Cannons.

Visibly distraught, the Cannons stalwart Derr attempted to shake off the dubious non-call and right the ship; however, the Comets would again rally in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach. McIntosh again lead the inning off with a base hit to left, followed by a walk to Coulter and hit-by-pitch to De Rosa to load the bases. Keeping Nelson relatively quiet for most of the game, Derr running on fumes, finally made a mistake as Nelson went yard to left centre field for the Grand Slam and his 6th home run of the season. Comets would keep things going as Saeed Dickie would rope a line drive into right field, followed by another HBP to Kelly. Grucela would add one more as he ripped a single scoring Dickie, giving him three RBI on the day and bringing the Comets run total to 22. De Rosa made way for McIntosh in the bottom of the seventh to close things out. Any late inning heroics fell short as the Cannons were only able to plate one run in the bottom of the seventh, as the Comets pitching and sound defence came through once again shutting down the Cannons invoking the 10 run mercy rule.