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Friday, August 1, 2008

Armada 5 Scorpions 6


Long Beach had a great start to Game 2 in Yuma. They striked first in the first and second inning with three runs. Yuma answered to come within one. Yuma tied with Long Beach in the eighth went ahead thanks to a HR and base hit to drive in two. Long Beach would come within one in the ninth, but fall short 6-5.

Armada starter Dusty Gober (pictured left) pitched another great game. Getting a no decision, Gober went 7 innings giving up 4 runs, 2 earned on 6 hits, walking 3 and striking out 5. Justin Segal (1-3) came on in relief in the eighth giving up 2 runs and getting the loss. A tough outing all around for the Armada who lead and had the game tied for most of Game 2.

C Octavio Martinez drove in the first two runs in the first. Martinez went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI. 3B Ryan Lehr had himself a game going 2 for 4 with a run driven in and a run scored. 1B Brett Flowers went 2 for 3 driving in RF Norm Hutchins in the ninth. That inning saw a valiant comeback attempt by the Fleet that involved a two out RBI and Martinez getting hit in the head clearing the benches, but no fight occurred only words exchanged.

Scorpions starter Roger Luque pitched a no decision going 6 innings giving up 4 runs on 7 hits, walking 2 and striking out 3. Mike Martin (2-1) got the win pitching 2 innings giving up no runs keeping the game tied at 4. James Garcia got his 8th save in the ninth that involved a first pitch plunking of Martinez.

Yuma got a pair of solo HR from LF Rich Janeway and 1B AJ Valentine. SS Ryan Barba went 2 for 4 with a RBI. Tomorrows starters for Long Beach Jonathan Figueroa (4-0) and for Yuma TBA. Game time is at 7:05pm.

Photo by: Mark Mauno

3 comments:

mark6mauno said...

I was sitting about 30 feet away from home plate when Octavio Martinez was beanballed by James Garcia. Its a sick sound - the ball hitting a batting helmet. Martinez eyeballed Garcia and then slowly started walking towards first. Steve Yeager was concerned enough that something might break out that he ran from his third base coaching spot to get between Martinez and Garcia and escort Martinez to first. The home plate umpire also got between the two. I wasn't watching Garcia at first but when I did look at him he was just staring at Martinez. The LB bench came onto the field first, then Yuma. There were some loud words between a few players (I remember Norm Hutchins being the most vocal for LB) but the situation settled down and the game went on.
(I was taking pictures and while I'm backlogged about two weeks with other games I'll post pictures of this particular situation when I get back to Los Angeles Sunday night.)

Mark

mark6mauno said...

I'll also mention the obvious and that is that it gets blazing hot in Yuma. When I pulled into the parking lot a little after 5:30pm it was 118°F (48°C). By the time the game ended around 10pm the temperature had dropped to only 100°F (38°C). This has to provide some sort of home field advantage to the home team.

Wes the Sports Guy said...

i would have to say that yes, the temperature does give Yuma an advantage, but also there again were many breaks in both games that didn't go Long Beach's way. i don't know how James Garcia didn't get thrown out of this game. i understand that he didn't want to put two on with 2 outs in the ninth, but you can't throw anywhere near a guys head in any situation and get away with it. bush on Garcia's part.