The tone was set by pitcher Rob Maier (1-2) in Game 1, retiring the first 14 batters before allowing a soft single. After hitting the next batter he faced, Jay Harmon came in to record the final seven outs, preserving the shutout and registering his first save since July 5, 1992.
The seven runs were scattered throughout the game, a very encouraging sign for the future of the Knights' offense. The hitting star was Pat Conway, who launched a monsterous two-run home run before the fans could even get settled into their seats.
Game 2 featured multiple lead changes. Knights pitcher Dan O'Shea got into early trouble, but settled down and went the distance, earning his first win as a Knight (1-0).
The offensive star of the second game was center fielder Sean McGuire, who reached base three times, stole four bases (giving him 7 in five games), and took home on a wild pitch with the score tied at 4-4. McGuire also made a spectacular diving, back-to-the-plate drum-banger of a catch in Game 1. Unfortunately, the lack of field upkeep ruined the moment somewhat when he realized that his dive ended in a pile of dog feces.
The crucial top of the seventh saw the Reds score one run and put men on the corners with two outs. The next Reds' hitter dribbled a weak grounder halfway down the first baseline. Both O'Shea and first baseman John Bosch charged the ball, leaving first base uncovered. Luckily, second baseman Bobby Molinaro dashed over to first on the heads up play to receive O'Shea's relay, ending the game.
The Knights are now over .500 for the first time this season, at 3-2.
That being the case, please buy their raffle tickets. Only $2 a piece and $5 for 3.