Posted by Mike Rothenbuhler on Jun 05 2006 at 05:00PM PDT

Final Score Game 7: Indians 10, TIGERS 14

Saturday, May 6, 2006, 1:30 p.m., Major Field
The Alameda AAA Indians were defeated by the Tigers in an exciting, but ultimately disappointing game.  A slow start to the Indians defense allowed a fast start to the Tigers offense and the Indians were unable to make up the difference, even though good efforts were made by all.
Ratto led off for the visiting Tigers against Micah Rothenbuhler pitching for the Indians.  Ratto's grounder to short was good for a single as he beat the throw to first.  Ratto evaded the tag as he stole second with Kayaian at the plate before Kayaian struck out.  Gilbert followed with a grounder down the third base line, scoring Ratto and gaining second base.  Robinson's grounder to second was handled by Jackson Tracy, making the throw to Evan Park at first for the out but Gilbert advanced to third and scoring position.  Taylor hit a bouncing grounder to third scoring Gilbert and was held to a single.  Taylor stole second on a wild pitch to Opperud who then hit a long fly for a triple and scoring Taylor .  A wild pitch to Gardner allowed Opperud to steal home before Gardner grounded through the gap to center field for a single.  Rothenbuhler struck out Fong to retire the Tigers with four runs scored.
Kayaian took the mound for the Tigers in the bottom of the first.  Nick Stevens hung in for a full count before striking out swinging and Tracy popped up a foul that was caught by the Tigers first baseman for two away.  Rothenbuhler doubled with a hit to left field and stole third before being stranded when Michael Copple struck out swinging to end the inning with the Indians scoreless and down by four.
Rothenbuhler returned to pitch the second inning for the Indians and Hausner led off for the Tigers.  A ground ball to third made for a single and the Tigers had a man on base.  Hausner stole second on a pitch in the dirt but was unable to advance when Johnson hit a hard to handle grounder back to the mound for a single.  The Tigers returned to the top of the order when Ratto came to the plate.  Hausner stole third and was batted in by Ratto's single to second, and Johnson advanced to scoring position.  Ratto stole second before Kayaian flied to shortstop Isaac Maximov who made the catch for one away.  David Gilbert hit a fly to shallow center but the fielder was unable to make the catch and Johnson scored for the Tigers.  Robinson dropped another fly into shallow center, scoring Ratto.  Taylor followed with a fly to left field that was caught by Trevor Greenley to put away a second Tiger but no play could be made on Gilbert as the Tigers equaled their first inning scoring.  A good throw from catcher Copple to Maximov caught Robinson as he tried to steal second and play moved to the bottom of the inning with Tigers up by eight runs.
Greenley led off against Kayaian with a double to right field.  Maximov struck out, but Greenley stole third before scoring when Derek Snediker's ground ball single to center batted him in.  A mishandled pitch to Park gave Snediker room to steal second before Park struck out swinging.  Casey Thiering advanced Snediker to third with a grounder back to the mound that was bobbled, allowing Thiering to beat the throw to first and pull out a single.  Billy Hommert didn't fare as well when his grounder to short was handled and the throw to first was made to retire the Indians with the score after two Tigers eight, Indians one.
Rothenbuhler returned to the mound for the Indians with Casey Thiering catching.  Travis Opperud led off for the Tigers with a grounder to third, fielded by Greenley, but the throw to first missed the bag and Opperud advanced to second.  A mishandled pitch to Gardner allowed Opperud to steal third.  Gardner singled to right field, scoring Opperud.  Fong grounded to Maximov at short but the force play was made at second for one away with the batter held on first.  Fong stole second on a mishandled pitch with Hausner at bat, who then stretched a single into a double with the help of some confusion in the infield.  The Tigers then had runners on second and third, where they were held when Maximov caught Johnson's fly ball for the second out of the inning.  A pick-off throw to third escaped the third baseman and both runners were able to score before the ball was thrown home.  Rothenbuhler then struck out Ratto to end the Tigers' at bat with three runs scored and the Indians trailing by ten runs.
Wyatt Arens opened the bottom of the third at the plate for the Indians against Kayaian pitching a third inning for the Tigers.  Arens doubled down the third base line, and then stole third with Liam Bergstrom at the plate.  Bergstrom walked, and then stole second before scoring along with Arens when Stevens flied to right field for a single.  Tracy batted in Stevens with a double of his own, then advanced to third when Rothenbuhler's grounder to third base was bobbled and the throw made late.  Rothenbuhler stole second on a mishandled pitch and then Copple brought him in with a double.  Greenley's double scored Copple, and with six runs scored in the inning the Tigers elected to make a pitching change, bringing in Hausner to relieve Kayaian.  Maximov continued the rally for the Indians, tagging Hausner for a single on a ground ball to third, but Greenley was unable to advance from second.  Snediker walked to load the bases and Park came to the plate.  Hausner retired Park and Thiering swinging for two away before throwing a wild pitch to Hommert, allowing Greenley to steal home.  Hommert singled to right field scoring Maximov and Snediker, and then took second when the throw was made to the plate.  Arens walked, giving the Indians runners on first and second, but the rally was ended when Bergstrom struck out swinging, the score Tigers eleven, Indians ten with three innings to play.
The Indians brought in Copple to pitch in the fourth.  Kayaian led off for the Tigers and gained a base on balls.  Copple struck out Gilbert, but a mishandled pitch to Robinson allowed Kayaian to steal second.  Robinson singled to center field, and then stretched the single to a double as the throw to the plate was too late and Kayaian was home safe.  Copple struck out Taylor and Opperud to end the top of the inning with the Tigers adding only one run.
The Indians were unable to gain any ground in the bottom of the fourth.  Stevens flied out to short for one away.  Tracy took the count full before a called third strike brought up Rothenbuhler, who went down swinging and the Indians were back in the field with the score Tigers twelve, Indians ten.
Copple continued on the mound for the Indians in the fifth.  First up for the Tigers was Gardner, who struck out.  Fong followed with a grounder to Snediker at third, making the throw to Rothenbuhler at first for two away.  Hausner walked, but was stranded when Johnson was called out on strikes.
The Indians took their turn at bat in the bottom of the fifth with their hopes very much alive, down by two runs.  Copple led off against Hausner on the mound for the Tigers, hitting to left field for a double.  Greenley struck out swinging, and then Maximov flied to center and Copple was unable to advance.  A wild pitch to Snediker allowed Copple to steal third and gain scoring position before Snediker took a base on balls, putting runners on first and third for the Indians.  Snediker made it runners on second and third, stealing second before Park took the count full but was called out on strikes, closing the inning with the Indians still in it but trailing by two.
The Tigers were able to add to their lead in the sixth.  Copple returned to the mound to finish out the game for the Indians, with Rothenbuhler catching.  Ratto led off for the Tigers with a grounder to Greenley at second, who connected with Arens at first for one away.  Kayaian grounded back to the mound and Copple and Arens made it two away.  Gilbert's single through the gap to left field gave the Tigers a base runner, and he scored when Robinson doubled to center.  Taylor followed Robinson with a single into left field that he was able to stretch to a double, giving the Tigers runners on second and third.  Opperud hit a bouncing grounder to short for a single and an RBI as Robinson scored the Tigers fourteenth run.  Opperud stole second with Gardner at the plate, and the bases were loaded when Gardner walked.  Fong grounded back to Copple, and the force play at home was good to retire the side with two runs scored.
Taylor relieved Hausner for the bottom of the sixth, and the Indians needed to make up four runs for a tie or five to win.  Thiering led off and was called out on strikes, and Hommert's ground ball to second was handled well and he was thrown out at first for two quickly away.  Arens flied to center for a single, and Bergstrom beat the throw to first when his pop-up to the right of the pitcher was dropped, giving the Indians runners on first and second.  Stevens pop-up was good for a single and the bases were loaded with two away.  The Indians luck ran out and their efforts came to naught, however, when Tracy's grounder back to the mound was fielded and he was thrown out at first to end the game, Tigers fourteen, Indians ten.
It was another tough loss for the Indians, but once again, the team rallied from a large deficit to keep the game within reach.

Game recap written by J. Michael Bergstrom.  All rights reserved.


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