After a weeklong hiatus from the 50+ Guam Masters Baseball League, the Bud Light Rockin’ 50s returned to the diamond without skipping a beat. After Tuesday night’s 12-9 win against the Mongmong-Toto-Maite Falcons at Paseo Stadium in Hagåtña, the Rockin' 50s remained perfect at 3-0.
Rockin' 50s' Paul Carbullido, having entered from the bullpen, allowed just one run in four innings.
“We were a little slow to start the game,” said John Manibusan, Rockin’ 50s manager. “They scored right away, and we were able to come back.”
The Falcons came out swinging in the top of the first inning. The MTM Falcons had their way with Rockin' 50s starting pitcher Roque Munoz, scoring six runs in the frame. Munoz, struggling to find the strike zone and the back of his catcher’s mitt, issued four walks.
The Falcons’ Luke Tedtaotao and Alan Cruz, driving in three runs between them, made Munoz pay. Tedtaotao, with a mighty swing, smashed an RBI double. Cruz, with a sharp shot to the outfield, connected with a two-RBI single.
Paralyzing the pitcher with consecutive third-inning hits, Joe Jardell, Tedtaotao and Leon Bamba threatened to break the game wide open. Finally getting a much-needed break, with bases loaded, a Falcons batter hit a dribbler to the mound. Carbullido, playing heads-up ball with a 1-2-3 double play, stopped the rally.
Carbullido, over the next three innings, building on the momentum-shift, held MTM scoreless. With the Rockin’ 50s within striking distance, their batters went to work. Slowly, but consistently, they chipped away at Falcons starting pitcher Ray Blas.
The Rockin’ 50s' Harry Crisostomo, with a sacrifice fly, scored KenRay Paulino. Crisostomo, who stayed hot with an RBI single, cut the deficit to 7-4.
In the fourth inning, Rockin' 50s' Jose Cabarles walked. Paulino, following with a single, advanced Cabarles to third base. Cabarles, on a perfectly executed double steal, scored.
After a walk to Rockin’ 50s' Ron Raguindin, Crisostomo smashed his third RBI. Ed Chaco, following with an infield single, allowed Raguindin to cross home plate. John Leon Guerrero, driving home Chaco and Crisostomo, gave his team the lead, 9-7.
The Rockin’ 50s, adding one run in each of the next three innings, increased the lead to 12-7.
The Falcons, trailing by a handful of runs, never gave up. Tedtaotao and Bamba, with never-say-die attitudes, rifled back-to-back singles. Cruz, with his fourth RBI, drove in Tedtaotao.
Crisostomo, after a Rockin' 50s error plated Bamba for a final run on the next play, helped turn a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.
“Our defense came up big at the end,” Manibusan said. “It’s good to get back and get things done.”