Giants down but not out

In local senior men’s baseball (LMBA) action the Aldergrove Giants offence is not clicking

In local senior men’s baseball (LMBA) action the Aldergrove Giants offence is not clicking and they lost two close games last week due to the lack of offence production at the plate.

Both games were against division rivals. Game number one versus the expansion South Langley Red Sox was a great game that went 11 innings, only to see the Giants fall 5-7.

Several Giants had good games. Starter Jacob Harder pitched five innings, giving up four runs and left with a 5-4 lead. Reliever Robin Fuller pitched four super innings of two-hit ball but gave up the tying run in the ninth 5-5. Trevor Cieszecki came in the tenth and shut down the Red Sox, but the Giants could muster nothing in the bottom of the tenth.

Red Sox scored two in the eleventh for a 7-5 victory over the Giants.  Giants’ offence was led by Trevor Kuby, Steve Borth and Jacob Harder, with two hits each. Giants’ veteran catcher Gavin MacLeod smacked his first home of the year, a monster three-run shot to put the Giants up 5-4 after five.

Giants with singles were Robin Fuller, Trevor Cieszecki and Mark Filiatrault. Giants welcomed injured all-star centre fielder and all-star right fielder Dan Kivinen back to the line-up, after having been off with injuries and work commitments.

In game #2 it was Giants versus Langley Knights at City Park on a beautiful Sunday night. Another very good game by the Giants but they still lost 0-2 to the Knights.

Giants could only manage four hits against Knight pitchers. Steve Borth slapped out two base hits and Greg Moffatt and Trevor Cieszecki hit singles. Giants pitchers were once again outstanding — starter Trevor Cieszecki gave up two runs in the first inning and then shut the door to pitch five complete, giving up two runs on seven scattered hits.

Robin Fuller then came in and pitched outstandingly — since Robin’s return from spring ball in Mexico he has been red hot. For the third outing in a row Robin pitched four innings, giving up no runs and striking out three.

Giants have hit the road for a couple of games and return to Aldergrove on Sunday, July 8 and Sunday, July 15, and game times are 5 p.m.