Matthew’s Tigers lost their second straight heartbreaker Thursday evening, by a 5-4 score.
Matthew had an OK game. He chased a ball down near the rightfield line and held the batter to a single.
On the bench he vowed to do better next time. Against the left-handed reliever, Matthew swung and missed the first two pitches. After laying off a pitch in the dirt, he made solid contact on the next pitch. Though his was thrown out at first, he moved the runner from second to third.
Down a run in the top of the third, Jessica led off with a walk. She stole second and third, but Marlon and Jalen struck out. Nate walked and stole second, then Tanner lined a single to right, driving in both runners.
Brandt took the mound, and the leadoff batter reached on an error. The little lefty promptly picked the runner off first, by several steps. Brandt then struck out the next two batters.
In the top of the 5th the Tigers staged a two-out rally. Nate and Tanner singled, but
Brandt got the leadoff hitter in the 5th to ground back to him for the first out, but then walked the next batter on four pitches. The runner stole second. The next batter hit a sharp grounder than second-baseman Thomas couldn’t handle. As the ball rolled on into right field the runner rounded third and rambled home with the winning run.
Matthew’s game Saturday has been cancelled, but Will plays at 11 am.