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Reds Tame Cobras 11-1 in Five Innings

March 17, 2009 — The Reds scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning of an Elmo Plaskett Big League baseball game Saturday to blow a close game wide open en route to putting away the Cobras in five innings via the 10-run mercy rule, 11-1.
The victory allowed the Reds to improve their record to 3-0, while the loss dropped the Cobras to 0-4.
The game at the D.C. Canegata baseball field looked like anything but an 11-1 win for the Reds over the first three innings, as both starting pitchers, Richard White for the Reds and Christino Gonzales for the Cobras, hooked up in an early pitching duel. In fact, the Reds only had a one-run advantage entering the bottom of the fourth at 2-1.
The Reds, however, exploded for six runs in their half of the fourth, and that signaled the beginning of the end for the Cobras. They scored all six runs with two outs to lead 8-1 after four completed innings.
The Reds then added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to force the umpires to invoke the 10-run mercy rule with the score at 11-1.
Reds starting pitcher White went the distance, giving up just one run on two hits while racking up nine strikeouts to earn the victory. Gonzales got the loss for the Cobras.
It was the Reds with 11 runs on eight hits, while the Cobras scored one run on two hits while committing three errors. Top batters for the winners were White, Denzel Gore and Kareem Jackson with two hits each, while for the Cobras, Daniel Pena and Leonardo Cruz had one hit apiece.
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