Grey Sox hold off Sioux City Giants Thursday night, July 19, was a hot, humid summer night at Prentis Park, and the Vermillion Grey Sox held off a late inning surge by the Sioux City Giants to escape with a 12-11 win in a scheduled seven-inning contest.
The Giants got on the scoreboard in the first as Cory Roberts scored on a fielder's choice. Grey Sox starter Eric Holoch managed to get out of a jam in the first, then the Grey Sox bats went to work.
A couple of walks by Giants starter Tony Sandage set the stage for a big inning for the Grey Sox. A passed ball, wild pitch, and a stolen base put two runners in scoring position for Dave Holoch, who rapped out a single which scored both baserunners. Holoch would later score to make it 3-1 in favor of Vermillion.
The Giants would tie the game up in the second inning as Damon Clayborn singled to lead off, and came home on a one-out double by Sandage. The Giants pitcher would help his own cause even more, as he came around to score on an error by Holoch at third base.
The Grey Sox regained the lead with a two-out rally in the bottom of the second. Nick Hovden singled, then advanced on an error that let Nick Mayer reach first. A double steal put two runners in scoring position, and this time Jason Madsen delivered the big hit that brought home Hovden and Mayer. Mark Clark later singled to bring home Madsen, and the Grey Sox led 6-3.
After a scoreless third inning, the Grey Sox struck again in the fourth as Dustin Hesse came on in relief for the Giants. Madsen doubled with one out, and scored on a single by Dave Holoch, who himself scored later on a fielder's choice. An error allowed Brett Bartling to score later, and the Grey Sox now had a commanding 9-3 advantage.
A scoreless fifth inning passed by, thanks in part to a doubleplay turned by the Grey Sox to end a Giants scoring threat.
The Giants scored a pair in the sixth, only getting one hit in the process. Eric Holoch hit a batter, issued two walks and loaded the bases. A wild pitch scored one run, and another run came home on a fielder's choice.
The Grey Sox got those runs back in the bottom of the sixth as two more Giants errors allowed runners to get on. A fielder's choice, followed by a single by Ryan Baedke, made it 11-5 heading into the final frame.
But Eric Holoch could not hold the lead. Two walks, a hit batter, and two more walks signalled the end for the young righthander. Mayer came on in relief, but the Giants kept the rally going, despite the fact there were two outs. Clint Schonrock singled, as did Cory White. Both hits brought in runs. Chuck Estochen hit a double, but White was thrown out at the plate with the go ahead run.
Still, the Giants had scored six runs, and the game was tied.
Rex Kinnear led off in the bottom of the seventh, and he reached first on an error by Giants thirdbaseman Tony Sandage. Two wild pitches put Kinnear on third. With one out, Mayer lifted a fly ball to left field. Kinnear tagged up, and scored on the sacrifice fly to give the Grey Sox a 12-11 victory.
Madsen and Dave Holoch each scored three runs for the Grey Sox, and both had a single and a double. Baedke and Clark each singled twice.
Roberts scored three times for the Giants, walking twice and singling once. Sandage singled, doubled, walked, was hit by a pitch, scored twice, and drove in a run.
Eric Holoch went 6 2/3 innings for the Grey Sox, but it was Mayer who got the win in relief. Holoch gave up eight hits, walked eight, and struck out four.
Sandage pitched three innings in a starting role for the Giants. He gave up six runs on eight hits. Sandage walked three and fanned two. Hesse pitched four innings of relief, and he too gave up six runs, but allowed just four hits, two walks, and fanned four. Hesse was hurt by his defense, which committed five errors in his time on the mound.
The Grey Sox stranded 10 men on base, while the Giants left nine men on base. The Grey Sox turned two doubleplays.