Edinburgh Cannons 4 - Edinburgh Diamond Devils 5

Scheduled Date: 
Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 12:00
Away Team: 
Edinburgh Cannons
Home Team: 
Edinburgh Diamond Devils
Away Score: 
4
Home Score: 
5
Game write up: 

In the traditional 4th of July weekend matchup, the Devils and Cannons squared off with both looking to keep pace with the Galaxy atop the Scottish baseball standings. However, the Devils were without skipper Bret. Would rumours that he been flown to New York for a medical for a pending trade to the Yankees distract the remaining Devils?
Hsin Yen started on the mound for the Devils and squared off against Jason for the Cannons and both pitchers were on form early on and in the first three innings both pitchers barely allowed a sniff to the opposition hitters. Both pitchers were pitching well and backed some good defensive plays, with Sylvain in particular robbed by a nice play in left by Rowan.
In the top of the 4th Hsin Yen was cruising along, yet to give up a hit. However, an error followed by back to back walks would load the bases with opposing pitcher Jason coming up with 2 outs. The Taiwanese hurler had retired his opposite number the previous time up and felt confident enough to challenge him, only to see the Cannons skipper start the fireworks early with a massive blast to deep right field, breaking up the no hitter and start the scoring with a grand slam!
The Devils looked to respond immediately in the bottom of the 4th and were finally able to string some hits together with Dan’s RBI single driving in Hsin Yen and Tristram to half the lead. Dan would then score on a Yu Sheng groundout to cut the lead to 4-3.
After this offensive outburst, both pitchers settled down with both working round trouble in the next 3 innings to keep the score finely poised at 4-3 Cannons heading into the 7th inning in record time. Some poor base running would hamper both teams scoring efforts during these innings, but in the bottom of the 7th Sylvain would buck the trend by stealing second and third allowing him to tie up the game on a Hsin Yen single.
In the top of the 8th the Cannons looked to get back their lead getting runners to first and second with no one out. The next hitter hit a deep drive to centre field but Sylvain was able to track it and record the out, without allowing the runner to advance. Next up came another hit to centre, this time a liner to right centre which looked to be falling in, then from nowhere Sylvain appeared with a spectacular diving catch to rob the Cannons of a RBI single or more. Hsin Yen was then able to record the last out on a comebacker to end the threat and keep the game close.
In the bottom of the inning the Devils had the chance to grab a late lead with Dan reaching third with only one out. Right fielder Matt was up looking to drive in the run and laced a ball to right but it was snared by the third baseman and the unfortunate runner was doubled off to end the danger.
Hsin Yen continued to pitch well into the 9th and helped by some solid infield play was again able to retire the Cannons, to leave the Devils the chance to win in the bottom of the inning. Jason was also looking strong, retiring the first two hitters of the inning without issue before lead off man Chris W stepped up. With the prospect of extra innings looming, the post game barbeque was looking like being delayed and as an Australian, Chris couldn’t stand for that. Taking matters into his own hands he launched a drive to deep right field, the right fielder went back and kept going back only for it to fall over his head and over the wall for a walk off home run! 
So Chris’ heroics had won it for the Devils in a thrilling and really well played contest with both teams playing to a high level, although the Cannons will be kicking themselves to let this one escape their grasp.
Another 1 run for the Devils has put them back in the hunt for the title tying them with the Cannons for second place and they will hope that they can keep the winning habit going.