Oakland Rallies for 6-5 Win over Cincinnati
Tim Ryan threw out the potential game-tying run from center field to end the game.
March 4, 2012
CINCINNATI - Robby Enslen went 2-for-3, including walking with the bases loaded to push across the go-ahead run, and Tim Ryan preserved the win by throwing out the potential tying run at home plate as Oakland (1-7) picked up a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over Cincinnati (4-6) on Saturday at Marge Schott Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Golden Grizzlies scored two runs in the 9th inning for the win.
"I'm very excited and happy for the team," said head coach John Musachio. "They showed a lot of heart and perseverance today."
Greg Welke (1-1) picked up the win in relief, tossing the final 1.1 innings, giving up no runs and struck out one. Russell Luxton earned a no decision, tossing 5.2 strong innings, scattering four hits, gave up one run and struck out two. Cincinnati's Zach Isler (0-1) takes the loss after throwing 0.2 innings in relief, allowing two runs and walked three batters.
With the Golden Grizzlies clinging to a three-run lead in the eighth inning, 4-1, the Bearcats would rally for three runs of their own to take a 5-4 lead. After an error by the second baseman, Proctor singled and a fielder's choice left runners at the corners with one out. Bielek then sacrificed in a run with a fly ball to right field and Kline doubled to right field to plate two more runs at Cincy.
Jacoby led off the ninth inning with an infield single and Trent Drumheller entered the game as a pinch runner. Todd Dunham laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner to second and Ryan was walked. Estes then singled through the left side to tie the game and then stole second base to put runners on second and third. Mike Carson was intentionally walked to load the bases, and UC's Isler induced a pop out to the shortstop for the second out of the inning. Enslen followed with a two-out walk to push the final run across the plate and give the Golden Grizzlies the win.
Oakland will be on the field next weekend as they open a three-game series at Mid-American Conference opponent Ohio at Wren Stadium in Athens, Ohio.