Oct. 27, 2011
Spurred by six defensive double-plays, five of which were inning-enders, the Gray Team evened the Fall World Series at a game apiece with a 4-3 win on Thursday evening. Game 3 of the series will take place on Sunday at 12:30pm CT.
Despite allowing eight hits, the defense of the middle infield carried the Gray Team as it ended the first, second, fourth, fifth and seventh innings with double plays while also turning one in the third.
Offensively Simpson homered and walked while Cimo doubled and was hit by a pitch as the Gray Team was held to just five hits but it took advantage of Cimo getting hit by a pitch and a pair of walks to start the two-out, game-deciding rally in the sixth.
The White Team scored a pair of runs on a Patrick Savage two-run home run in the fourth to go up 2-1 and then took a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth on a Dan Glevenyak sacrifice fly that scored Mitchell Self, who had a single, a double, a walk and two runs scored.
Daniel Koger held the Gray team to just two runs through five innings, striking out six without issuing a walk before the bullpen allowed the game-winning runs in the sixth.
Rocky McCord got the start for the Gray Team and allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings.
Jay Wade induced the inning-ending double-play to end the game to pick up a save while walk-on Blake Beck earned the win.
Friday night the team will host the annual Celebrity Home Run Derby at 7pm. Fans are encouraged to get to the field early for a 6pm 2012 team autograph session. A $2 donation at the gates is requested and for every $5 donated on top of that fans will be entered to win prizes.
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