On July 4th, the Granite City Oilers hosted the Tayport Breakers for the second game of a three game series. The game would initially be delayed by nearly an hour due to a fog so thick, the outfield fence could not be seen from home plate.
The sun eventually started to break through, lifting the fog and enabling the start of the days action.
The Breakers would get off to a hot start in the top of the first inning, scoring two runs on two hits and two walks. Starting pitcher for the Oilers, Lass Kobani, would eventually get out of the jam finishing the inning with three strike outs.
This early lead would not deter the Oilers as they came up to bat in the bottom of the first. The Oilers would see their first five batters reach base by way of three walks, a single by Jared Thomley, and a double by David Johnson. Federico Gambedotti was the first Oiler across the plate on a wild pitch from the Breakers pitcher. Thomley would also score on a wild pitch, and on the very next pitch, Johnson would hit a bases clearing double to make the score 4-2. Four more Oilers would reach base in the inning, scoring an additional two runs. Gambedotti was able to bat for a second time in the inning, but would hit a ground ball to third base for the force out to end the inning.
Over the next two innings, Kobani would settle in going three up, three down in the second, and four up, three down in both the third and the fourth innings, with an additional four strikeouts. The Oilers would plate one run in the second on two hits and a walk.
In the bottom of both the third and fourth innings, the Oilers would score 6 runs in each on four hits, two walks, and a hit-by-pitch. The score after four complete innings was now 19-2.
The top of the fifth would be the last chance for the Breakers to put some runs on the board to avoid the run rule. Kobani would remain focused, and buckled down to finish out the game strong. He faced his final four batters, on ten pitches, inducing three pop flies to end the game.
At the end of the day, the Oilers would tally up 19 runs on 12 hits, 11 stolen bases, 7 walks, and only 3 strikeouts. There were four doubles hit by the Oilers; two by Jared Thomley, and one each from David Johnson and Laurence Cameron.
Lass Kobanin would earn his second win of the season (2-1), finishing the game with 7 strikeouts, 4 walks, and 1 earned run in five complete innings of work.
Throughout the entirety of the days action, the Aberdeen Baseball Club had the honour and privilege to host Andy Brown, the renowned artist who has travelled the world painting Major League Baseball stadiums, and other baseball stadiums and games.
Andy travelled all the way up to the Granite City to capture George W. Chalmers Field and our game against the Tayport Breakers on his canvas. There was some worry about whether or not the weather would cooperate so that the painting could take place, but the baseball gods were on our side, and the painting turned out fantastic. Once prints become available, they will be open to the general public to purchase. Further information on how you can own your one-of-a-kind painting of George W. Chalmers Field, and the Aberdeen Baseball Club, will be made available as soon possible.
The Granite City Oilers are away to Edinburgh to face the Diamond Devils on July 11th at Bobby Thompson Field at Warriston Playing Fields. Single A will start at 12pm followed by AAA at 1:30pm.
The Tayport Breakers will host the Glasgow Comets at Tom Waddell Memorial Field in Tayport on July 11th. The Single A game will start at 12pm, and the AAA will start at 1:30pm.