Cherry Rides Solid Pitching to 2-1 Series Lead

Nov. 15, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M - Cherry starter A.J. Carmen and reliever Kevin Baumgartner combined to limit the Silver team to one run on five hits over seven innings as Cherry earned a 6-1 victory in the third game of the Cherry-Silver World Series to take a 2-1 lead.

The two Cherry hurlers set down the Silver lineup in order in the first, second, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. Carmen went four-plus innings and kept the ball on the ground to stymie Silver. He struck out four and recorded seven groundball outs. The only trouble he ran into was in the third inning.

Tyler McKnight was on first for Silver with two outs. With Josh Melendez at the plate he took off for second and Carmen was called for a balk. An infield single by Melendez moved him to third. A double down the left field line by Mitch Garver drove McKnight home and sent Melendez to third. Alex Real walked to load the bases, but Carmen settled in and induced a groundball from Luke Campbell to escape without further damage.

He exited after McKnight led off the top of the fifth with a bunt single. Baumgartner came on, though, and was fantastic. He got Melendez to fly out and Garver to hit into a double play to get out of the frame, and then he did not allow a base runner the rest of the game as the Cherry offense backed up their pitchers.

The Cherry team got on the board by batting around and scoring four in the fourth. Alex Allbritton led things off with a single up the middle. Ryan Padilla then singled through the right side and Allbritton scampered to third. DJ Peterson followed with a double to center that Melendez lost in the afternoon sun. That scored Allbritton and put runners on second and third. Consecutive groundouts by John Pustay and Erik Suarez eached knocked home a run and made the score 3-1.

Cherry wasn't done yet, however. Tyler Kamtz worked a four-pitch walk and advanced to second on a single by Chase Harris. Nick White then knocked Kamtz home with a single to right to make the score 4-1.

Cherry added two more the next inning. Allbritton got things started again, this time with a walk. With two outs he stole second. Pustay then walked, bringing up Suarez. He lashed a single to right to score Allbritton. The throw from the outfield was cut off by Real who attempted to throw Pustay out at third. His throw sailed wide, though, and Pustay jogged home with Cherry's sixth run.

Baumgartner made the lead hold up. He struck out three in three innings and recorded five groundball outs. Combined, he and Carmen struck out seven Silver hitters and recorded 12 groundball outs. The only flyball outs were flyouts to center by Jered Meek in the fourth and by Melendez in the fifth.

Jared Holley led the Silver offense with two singles while McKnight got on base twice and scored a run. Suarez and White each singled twice for Cherry.

Cherry has a chance to clinch the World Series title on Friday at 2 p.m. at Lobo Field.