Game Recap - Bytown Dodgers vs Kanata Cubs (DH - Game 1)
Defense Defense DefenseUpdated Monday June 24, 2019 by Kanata Baseball Association.
Summer finally arrived in full force as the Cubs headed to Blackburn to take on the Bytown Dodgers in a double-header on Saturday. Cubs were looking to get back in the win column after a loss and a tie earlier in the week. The Cubs were on the sticks to start and the message from the coaches was once again “let’s be aggressive and get the bat on the ball, put the ball in play and make things happen”. The Cubs went to the sticks to face a pitcher they had not seen yet. A hard throwing lefty. Unfortunately it was a 3 up 3 down inning for the Cubs with 2 strikeouts as they struggled against this tall Dodgers lefty to start the game. Cameron was on the mound for the Cubs for his first start of the season. A lead off walk to the first batter to start the game and then Cameron settled in. A strikeout to the next batter gave the Cubs their first out. After a couple stolen bases the 3 batter for the Dodgers hit a high fly ball to Centrefield to Mason who made the catch for the second out. The Dodgers runner tagged and scored taking a 1-0 Dodger lead. Cameron would catch the next batter looking. Cubs trail 1-0.
Cubs were able to get a couple of runners on base after a strikeout started the top of the 2nd inning. Two walks had 2 runners on and a double steal had the runners in scoring position. Unfortunately a strikeout would put the cubs down to their final out of the inning trying to score. A Scot Walk loaded the bases. Connor tried to take home on a pass ball and was called out at the plate for the 3rd out of the inning. Cubs couldn’t cash in the second. In the bottom half Cameron was back out on the mound. The lead off Dodgers batter led off with a towering shot to left center field over the head of Mason. Mason ran to the ball quickly and relayed the ball to Aidan who fired to Owen L at 2nd who laid down a great tag to get the running at 2nd base. A ground ball to Aidan at Short who threw across the diamond to Jacob at 1st for the second out. Cameron took care of the rest by the strikeout to the next batter. Cubs still down 1-0.
Cubs were looking to get something going in the top of the 3rd. Some control issues by the Dodgers lefty had both Owen L and Aidan on base with walks. A fly ball would cost the Cubs out number one followed by a strikeout. With runners ion scoring position once again the cubs needed a hit. Bat got on the ball but the Dodgers defender went home on the play and tagged Owen trying to score the tying run. Cubs leave runners aboard. In the bottom half Cameron was doing his job trying to keep the game close. The Leadoff Dodgers hit a high fly ball which Thomas was able to get over and track to make the catch in right field. A ground ball to Owen L at second from the next batter gave the cubs two outs when Owen fired over to Jacob at 1st. After giving up a walk the next batter had a weak pop up to 3rd which Scot caught with ease. Cubs still behind 1-0.
Cubs had Owen P leading off the 4th and he hit a seeing eye single up the middle. A strikeout would come next but Kyle Milinazzo dealing with some left knee soreness managed to hit a single scoring OP to tie the game. Kyle would be caught stealing 2nd giving the Cubs 2 outs. A hard ground ball up the middle everyone thought was a pure hit the pitcher managed to tip and slow down for the second baseman to grab and fire to first to get the third out. Cameron was back on the mound to start the bottom half of the inning. He got a strikeout to batter number 1 and then after a single was hit up the middle, Cameron got a double play ground ball hit to Aidan at short who flipped to Owen L at 2nd who fired across to a stretching Jacob at first. Cubs and Dodgers tied at 1.
The top of the 5th the Cubs got their lead off runner Scot on courtesy of the walk. A fly ball to left field came next. Scot managed to steal two bases to put himself in scoring position. A strikeout followed by a ground ball to the shortstop who threw to first would end the Cubs rally with Scot stranded at 3rd base. Cameron headed back out for the 5th inning and battled from that mound and had a fantastic pitch count. After a slight error on a throw got the first Dodgers runner aboard. Cameron took over getting a strikeout. The next batter laid down a bunt moving his runner to 3rd. Cameron fielded the bunt and fired to first where Jacob made the catch giving the Cubs 2 outs. Cameron got a strikeout of the next batter to end the scare the Dodgers were placing on the Cubs.
Cubs were up in the 6th trying to take the lead but it was a short inning as the cubs went down in order. A fly ball to the first baseman who made the catch in foul and two strikeouts was all the Cubs would send to the plate this inning. Cameron’s day was done and Owen P came on to face the Dodgers in the bottom of the 6th. A lead off walk got aboard. Owen managed to get a strikeout of the next batter. Two stolen bases by the leadoff batter had the runner at 3rd. The next batter laid down a bunt which Jacob charged and was able to tag the runner but was unable to get the speedy Dodgers player running home from 3rd to give the Dodgers the lead. A double to right field down the line gave the Dodgers a runner on 2 with 2 outs. Owen P was able to get a ground ball to 1st where Jacob took it himself and took it to the bag for the 3rd out. Cubs trail 2-1.
The Cubs were down to their final 3 outs as they headed into the top of the 7th. Down by 1 run. The lead off batter went down called on strikes. A ground ball back to the pitcher came next. Thomas came up with 2 outs and hit a line drive to left centerfield to get the tying run on base for the Cubs. The next batter hit a hard ball but the shortstop was able to grab the ball and take the fielders choice out at 2nd to end the game.
Final Score: Kanata Cubs 1 Bytown Dodgers 2
Key Player Highlight was a fantastic pitching performance by Cameron Goldie (5 IP, 6K’s, 2BB, 68 pitches)