Grand Finale Hands Catch First Loss

The SoCal Catch did not fare quite as well in the second game of their inaugural season. It took 10 innings, but eventually a walk-off grand slam was the deciding blow as the East LA Dodgers walked away with a 6-2 victory Thursday night. The game got off to a rocky start for the Catch. After posting an error-less game 1, the Catch had two errors in the first inning of game two. Starting pitcher Derek Reckmann was able to limit the damage, surrendering only one unearned run in his two innings of work. In the top of the third inning, Chad Shannon hit the first Catch home run of the season, a two-run laser that put the team in front 2-1. Sam Sadler, who threw a no-hitter for Point Loma University earlier this spring, took over for Reckmann in the third and pitched two shutout innings. Sadler struck out the side in the bottom of the fourth.
It seemed to be smooth sailing for the Catch. Their pitchers allowed only the one unearned run and scattered just four Dodger hits through the first seven innings. Mason Mostejo took the hill in the bottom of the eighth, but after retiring the lead off hitter, a walk, error and single pushed across the tying run for the Dodgers. The Catch struggled to capitalize at the plate following Shannon’s home run in the third. They left ten men on base over the last seven innings, running themselves out of several opportunities and failing to deliver the clutch, two-out base hit they needed to drive a run home. The Dodgers loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the ninth against Catch pitcher Eric Diomartich. Jacob Green took over and was greeted with a sharp line drive to right field. The Dodger runner at third was forced to wait and see if right fielder Drew Clark would catch the ball. By the time he realized the ball was going to hit the ground, Clark had scooped it up and fired it home for the rare 9-2 fielder’s choice. A pop out and strikeout ended the inning at a 2-2 tie.
It would not stay that way for long. After the Catch managed two base runners in the top of the tenth but failed to score, the Dodgers once again loaded the bases. Two walks, a single, a sac bunt and a pop out had the Catch one out away from extending the game, but the Dodgers’ third hitter had no intentions of allowing the game to continue. He crushed a 1-0 pitch from Green far over the right field wall. The walk-off grand slam handed Green, and the Catch, their first loss of the season. The Catch have their first road trip of the season this weekend, starting Friday night in San Diego. They will play a three game series at Grossmont College versus Team San Diego, where they hope to return to their winning ways.