Teams Split First Two Games of Second OBWS Series
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The second three-game series of the 2010 Orange and Blue World Series will come down to a deciding third game. The Orange snagged a 5-1 win on Monday afternoon before the Blue rebounded for a 6-3, 11-inning victory on Tuesday evening at Davenport Field. The teams will play at 6 p.m. Friday, and the winner will clinch the second series; the Orange swept the opening three-game series. Game 7 is set for 1 p.m. Monday (please note the time change).
In Game 4 the Orange again used solid pitching – this time the combination of Will Roberts and Whit Mayberry limited the Blue to seven hits while walking just one batter. Roberts tossed five innings of one-run baseball to pick up the win, while Mayberry worked four shutout innings to earn the save. The Orange’s Keith Werman tripled twice and scored a pair of runs, while Danny Hultzen hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning to put the game out of reach. He had three RBI total.
The Blue got its lone run on a David Coleman groundout to score Stephen Bruno, who singled to lead off the inning. Tyler Wilson started on the mound for the Blue and gave up two runs (one earned) and four hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out five. Justin Thompson worked the final four frames.
The Blue finally broke through in Game 5 for its first win of the series. Reed Gragnani had a pair of hits and three RBI for the Blue, while Stephen Bruno added two hits and an RBI. Corey Hunt posted a pair of hits for the Orange.
The teams combined for 13 hits in the 11-inning contest. Blue starting pitcher Cody Winiarski limited the Orange to just one hit over five shutout innings; he also struck out five. Branden Kline worked the next five innings to earn the win for the Blue, while Chad O’Connor pitched a scoreless 11th inning to nab the save. Scott Silverstein started for the Orange and worked three scoreless innings while limited the Blue to one hit. Artie Lewicki worked out of a ninth-inning jam, then pitched the final 2.1 innings for the Orange and was credited with the loss.
The teams played scoreless baseball into the sixth inning before the offenses got going. The Blue struck first on a run-scoring groundout by Chris Taylor to plate Stephen Bruno, who tripled in the previous at bat. The Orange rallied with three in the bottom of the inning, getting RBI doubles from Steven Proscia and Kenny Swab and scoring a third run on a Blue throwing error.
The Blue got a run back in the seventh on a Gragnani RBI single, then tied the game in the ninth inning on a Gragnani sacrifice fly. The Blue grabbed the lead back in the 11th inning. After Coleman led off with a double and moved to third on a Thompson sac bunt, John Barr doubled to right-center to break the deadlock. Gragnani followed with a double to score Barr and then came around on a Bruno single to right.
Orange & Blue World Series Schedule
Series 1 (Orange Wins 3-0)
Game 1: Orange 3, Blue 2
Game 2: Orange 5, Blue 2
Game 3: Orange 10, Blue 3
Series 2 (Tied 1-1)
Game 4: Orange 5, Blue 1
Game 5: Blue 6, Orange 3 (11 innings)
Game 6: Friday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m.
Game 7: Sunday, Oct. 17, 1 p.m. (please note time change)