Week 5

Diamondbacks 3, Red Sox 2
Sunday, June 8 @ Cumberland Valley High School

The good news is that the defense returned to form, as the Sox committed just one harmless error. Jerry McKeon made two outstanding grabs in rightfield, Keith Humes hustled off the mound to snag a foul pop up, Lance Strous gunned down a runner trying to steal second, and Matt LaBuda made several nice plays at shortstop.

The bad news is that the offense took the week off again. The Sox had enough runners on base, but couldn't get the big hit to break anything open. The only rally the team put together came in the 4th inning, when Gary Dubas walked and stole second, then scored Dave Strock's ground single through the middle. Tim Wendel followed with a line double deep to left to knock in Strock, but the Sox couldn't cash in any more runs. The Sox spent too much time with the bats on their shoulders, taking a called third strike 5 times with men on base. Give credit to the D-backs pitcher, who kept the Sox off balance with some tricky curveballs and pitched out of numerous jams to go the distance for the win. Humes had his fastball working for the Sox, striking out 9 in 6.1 innings, but you aren't going to win too often in this league scoring 2 runs a game.

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Kirk Strous lays off a close pitch for ball four to load the bases and keep a rally alive.

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