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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,…. Sorry, wrong story.
There are some stories that you will remember forever…This is not one of those stories.
The 2nd and 3rd seeded Major League playoff teams faced off at Penn Field on a night when the weather again dominated the conversation. This time, no one was complaining about it being cold and wet. No, this time, it was a afternoon of sweltering (relatively) heat. A night where warm ups were not necessary as the kids looked like they already played a double header.
The A’s sent out Charlie Porterfield to the mound. Charlie had made a habit of stymying the Sox during the season, and he got right to work continuing on the tradition in the first. At first, it looked like the Sox would get something going when Wyatt Nicholson scraped out a seeing eye single. However, the A’s turned a sweet 4-6-3 double play (truthfully, I cursed under my breath) with a Micah Simmons to Jack Lionette to Lukas Fernandes combo to wipe the board clean. (OK, maybe a few people heard it). Charlie then got the super dangerous (mostly because of his bowels) Atlas Zack to ground out for a 1-2-3 inning.
Just as Coach Zack finished his meditation that he learned at the Gary Busey School for Anger Management, the A’s struck for a run in the bottom of the first. The alliterative Silas “Sneaky” Stanek-Streed, after a well earned walk against Jack deBettencourt, stole second, scooted over to third on a fielder’s choice, and then stole home on a delayed steal. While, truthfully, beautifully executed, Coach Zack felt his aneurysm almost burst… I believe I used the term “apoplexy”….about 6 times as I walked around in a circle, clicking my pen, over and over and over.
Then, something happened. I am not sure what it was. Maybe it was that the weather started to cool. Maybe it was because I realized “Game of Thrones” was starting in a week or so. I am not sure. Whatever the reason, the Sox woke up.
Behind starting pitcher Jack “Wild Thing” deBettencourt, some solid defense, and very aggressive hitting, the Sox had their strongest game of the season. Jack threw shutout ball the rest of the way, amassing 5 K’s and allowing only one hit in four innings of work. Definitely his most impressive start of the season. We only wished he was able to pitch all 6.
He had some help defensively, as the boys in red, white, and blue were on the top of their game. Highlighted by an amazing diving catch in centerfield by Samson “I really don’t like Center Field” Zack, and a lightning-like-reflexive snag of a liner down the first base line by Jakie Glasgow, the Sox swung the momentum of the game in their favor.
From there, the bats did the rest of the work. Highlighted by triples from the Silvia brothers, (Jacob’s was a bases clearing three bagger with the bases loaded), and Tyler “Walker” Shipway, the Sox pounded in 13 runs over 4 innings to put the game away early.
Not the game everyone was expecting. However, no one will be surprised if these two teams meet up again before the post season is over.
Red Sox 13, A’s 1
Charlie Porterfield 68
Micah Simmons 34
Jack Lionette 21
Jack deBettencourt 68
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