If the opening day games between the Herts Falcons and the London Mets are an indicator of what is to come this season, fans of British baseball are in for a wild ride.
The Mets took what looked like an unassailable 10-2 lead against starting pitcher Mike Osborn although it must be pointed out that most of these were unearned runs as the Falcons’ new look defence was still finding its feet.
“It will take a little more time for us to tune up our defence after losing several key players,” said Falcons manager Lee Manning.
His team responded in spectacular fashion. A grand slam by Cris Hiche and a two-run home run by 2013 League MVP, Ryan Bird, brought them back into the game and even gave them the lead with the score 13-11.
But that wasn’t enough as the Mets responded to pick up the win.
Abel Salas was the starting pitcher for Herts in game two and he went the distance. In the final inning he delivered two key strikeouts to get the last two outs of the game, stranding London’s tying run at third base to secure an 11-10 win for Herts.
“After such an outstanding comeback in the first game we felt that we missed a good opportunity, but we showed a lot of character to respond in the second game,” added Manning. “The team had to do it without the injured Ryan Bird and it is a positive sign that we have players who can step up in difficult situations with the game on the line.”