Oct. 28, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Senior All-America candidate Brian Cavazos-Galvez found his bat today as the Big Red Machine (Cherry team) evened the 2008 Cherry & Silver Fall Baseball Classic with a 10-4 win at Isotopes Park. Cavazos-Galvez was 3 for 4 with five RBI and three runs scored as Cherry put the series at 1-1.
Cavazos-Galvez got things going in the bottom of the first with his first of two home runs to left field in the game, scoring second baseman Mike Brownstein for a 2-0 lead.
Shortstop Danny Gonzalez led off the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run to left to build the Big Red Machine lead to 3-0.
The Silver Slammers finally figured out Cherry starter Travis Dirk, a junior transfer, in the top of the third as left fielder Ryan Honeycutt got on base with a single up the middle for the squad's first hit.
Silver got on the board in the top of the fourth inning when second baseman Ben Woodchick scored on a Kevin Atkinson bunt single, cutting the Cherry lead to 3-1.
The Big Red Machine picked up two more runs in the bottom of the fifth as center fielder Max Willett drove in a run with a triple, then scored on a Justin Howard sacrifice fly. Silver starter Gabe Aguilar, a freshman, gave way to Edwin Carl to finish out the fifth. Carl also gave up a run in the inning for Cherry to take a 6-1 lead.
Silver shortstop Dane Hamilton cut the Cherry lead to 6-2 in the top of the sixth when he scored on a wild pitch by Big Red Machine reliever Cole White.
In the bottom of the sixth, Cherry added four more runs to put the game out of reach, including Cavazos-Galvez' second homer of the day, a three-run shot to score Howard and Willett for a 10-2 lead.
Silver tried to make a comeback in the top of the seventh, getting two runs off of three hits against Cherry closer Clinton Cox, 10-4.
In addition to Cavazos-Galvez' performance, Willett ended up 3 for 4 with two runs scored and 2 RBI and Chris Juarez was 3 for 4 with an RBI for the Big Red Machine.
The Silver Slammers had seven players with one hit each, including pinch hitter Travis Haguewood who also scored a run in the top of the seventh.
Dirk earned the win for Cherry, while Aguilar took the loss.
The series continues on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. at Isotopes Park. Kenny Toves will be the starter for the Big Red Machine, while Bobby Moore will take the mound for the Silver Slammers.