There was fireworks after the game and in the fourth inning for the Armada. Thanks in part to a brilliant pitching performance by Rik Currier and timely hitting. All this after a sixteen hour bus ride. Yes a sixteen hour bus ride. The fleet came out strong in the home opener.
The game was a scoreless tie until the fourth inning when GBL Player of the Week Maikel Jova blasted a solo shot to left center to give the Scorpions a brief 1-0 lead. In the bottom half of the fourth is when the Armada came out firing. Thanks in part to a 3RBI triple by C Octavio Martinez and subsequent RBI's from LF Dan "Double" Trumble, DH Tony Torcato, 3B Ryan Lehr, 2B Cleatus Davidson and CF Julian Williams. The Armada scored 9 runs in the fourth inning off Yuma starter Ryan McGrath(0-2) who went 3IP giving up 6 earned on 9 hits walking one and striking out 2.
The Armada would add two more runs in the eighth to mark the final score 11-1 in the home opener. As I mentioned at the top, the outstanding pitching performance from starter/pitching coach Rik Currier(1-2). The USC alum pitched a complete game giving up one run on 3 hits, walking 3 and striking out 10 Scorpions. Manager Steve Yeager was quoted after the game saying "this will show our young guys, that you can go out there and play your best after a long bus ride with hardly any warm up."
Game time tomorrow is 7:05pm. Due to pitch for Long Beach is Jerome Williams (3-0) and for Yuma Roger Luque (0-2). You can bet the Scorpions will make it a game tomorrow and avoid going down 2-0 in the four game series. The game will be a simulcast at LONGBEACHARMADA.COM and at IBNSPORTS.COM.