Tuesday Afternoon Scores
August 06, 2012 -
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LIVONIA ( 12 ) - BALTIMORE ( 7 )
In the headline match of the day, Livonia upset two-time-defending champion Baltimore 12-7 in Lilly.
This ends Baltimore's 18-game winning streak and is the most runs allowed by the team since a 13-11 victory over Buffalo in 2005. It is the most runs allowed by the Orioles in a loss since these same Michigan Rams beat them 11-4, also in 2005. Baltimore has allowed 18 runs in their first two games, which is more than they've allowed for the entire week in the past four tournaments.
The Rams even their all-time record against the Orioles at 3-3. Baltimore is 6-0 against all other Livonia representatives. Livonia is 2-0 for the first time since 2004.
CLEVELAND ( 19 ) - NEW YORK CITY ( 4 )
Cleveland led 7-2 in the fifth before a New York rally brought the score to 7-4. However, the powerful Chardon Blizzard blasted away to add 12 more runs and blow away the Lions. Cleveland is 2-0 for the second time in two years, but only the third time in franchise history. They have out-scored opponents 37-8 in two games and lead the tournament field in runs.
New York City is now 1-1 and will play perennial favorite New Orleans tomorrow at Lilly. New Orleans has finished under 0.500 only once in the past 21 years. New York finished 2-2 the past two seasons when represented by the Long Island Astros. New Orleans is 8-1 against the Big Apple franchise and has outscored them 107-38.
NEW BRUNSWICK ( 15 ) - YOUNGSTOWN ( 2 )
The Matrix struck early and often in a 15-2 mercy-rule rout of the Ohio Glaciers. The New Jersey club scored 4 runs in both the first and second innings and then scored 5 times in the third. The Matrix have scored 6 or more runs in each of their past 7 games (6, 6, 7, 7, 11, 12, 15) dating back to 2010. Youngstown has not finished at or above 0.500 since going 3-2 in 2002 as the Jolly Joe's team. They have finished with 1 or fewer wins in 12 of their past 13 tournaments.
COLUMBUS ( 5 ) - PHILADELPHIA ( 4 )
Following their emotional comeback victory over Johnstown on opening night, the Philly Bandits jumped out to a 4-run lead after six innings against the short-handed Columbus Hawks. But in a reversal of fortunes, the Bandits fell victim to a comeback as the Hawks scores 5 runs over two innings and held on for the surprising 5-4 victory.
"We looked like we were under control in that game, but that sixth inning with those two errors back-to-back really opened the flood gates for them," said Philadelphia manager Mike Gossner. He also tells us that injured player Mike Constantini is improving and should be fully healthy before the end of the week.
"Both sides committed very key errors at key times to let runs in," said Columbus manager Tony Perz. "Early in the game, it was us. Late in the game, it was them. If there were no errors, I think it would have been a 2-1 or 2-2 game going into the ninth or tenth inning."
The Hawks advance to face the heavy-hitting New Brunswick Matrix, which the Bandits drop to the loser's bracket and will play Zanesville.
FLOOD CITY ( 7 ) - SCHENECTADY ( 1 )
The PNA Eagles scored first in this one, but Martella's Pharmacy stormed back with 2 runs in both the 2nd and 6th innings before adding 3 insurance markers in the ninth. The loss eliminates Schenectady from tournament play.
"We had some good defense behind us, but we only had about 4 or 5 hits," said Schenectady manager Zak Mayo. "They had a good starting pitcher (Derek Younker). He got in a groove and when you get in a groove as a pitcher, it's hard to break that rhythm."
"Luke (Williams) gave us a little bit of a spark with that two-run homer," said Flood City manager Chris Pfiel. "Then Tony (Strasiser) sparks us with the inside-the-park home-run, and finally we were able to string a couple hits together. Yesterday we were 2-for-11 with guys in scoring position, but (today) we had better approaches."
Martella's Pharmacy will now assume the role as host franchise since Johnstown has been eliminated. As the second Johnstown entry, Martella's will play Wednesday's night game against Baltimore beginning at 6:00pm. The game will be followed by a concert by The Clarks. Martella's will start Nick Cubarney on the mound.
While Schenectady is eliminated, manager Mayo believe his team still got plenty from their time in Johnstown.
"The positives are that each one of our players got to come down here and experience the atmosphere. This is high level baseball. Obviously we wanted to go far in the tournament--that's definitely a goal of ours--but just to get here is an honor in itself." The team and manager were especially impressed by Opening Night.
"Coming into the game last night with the stands full, I was absolutely enamored," said Mayo. "It was a phenomenal atmosphere." He tells us that the energy of the crowd on opening night was a major topic of discussion for his players back at their dorm rooms after the game.
ZANESVILLE ( 5 ) - CHICAGO-SOUTH SHORE ( 1 )
NEW ORLEANS ( 8 ) - CHICAGO-METROPOLITAN ( 6 )
After suffering their 4th opening round loss in the past 5 years, the Boosters responded with an 8-6 victory over the Elgin Aces from Chicago. The Chicago-Metropolitan team ends the tournament 0-2 for the second consecutive year. The Boosters homered to a 2-0 lead off the bats of Sean McMullen and Cameron Hoffman. In the third, 2 New Orleans errors contributed to a 4-run inning for the Aces. However, NORD answered with 4 runs of their own in the fourth inning. Third-year veteran McMullen ended the night with three home runs.