Intrasquad Game 2: Gonzalez and Garcia Homer

Scott Erickson literally had the nightmare inning that would never end, giving up seven runs as the Stearns Team defeated the Obies for the second straight day by a final score of 7-2, behind a big day from Raul Gonzalez.

Tom Glavine and Jae Seo started and went two innings each. Both were impressive in the first inning, Glavine making quick work of Reyes, Perez and Floyd with a little help from a nice unassisted doubleplay on a liner by Mike Piazza at first base. Seo looked sharp striking out the side sandwiched around a Jeff Duncan single and stolen base.

The second inning wasn't as kind to either pitcher. Glavine walked Jason Phillips leading off, but then induced Mike Cameron to hit into a classic 6-4-3 double play. A Craig Brazell single was followed by Raul Gonzalez lining a shot into deep left. Brazell dug hard for third, allowing Gonzalez to stretch the hit into a double as the throw went to third to late to catch Brazell. Glavine escaped damage by inducing phenom David Wright to fly to right to end the inning.

Seo also benefited from some outstanding defense in the second. After Karim Garcia took Seo long for a leadoff homerun making it a 1-0 game, Seo gave up a single to Wigginton and a double down the rightfield line to Mike Jacobs, that brought Wigginton around to score with the second run. The Victor Diaz ripped one 388 feet to the 387 mark in left center, where Mike Cameron committed his first theft of the spring going up and over the wall to bring back Diaz's prodigious blast. Seo then induced flyballs from Chris Basak and Cedeno to get out of the inning.

That brought Erickson for the top of the third.Erickson got himself into trouble by walking Joe McEwing who promptly stole second, getting a great jump off of Erickson. Jose Reyes had a terrific AB, pulling a grounder to second to move McEwing to third. Timo Perez cashed in McEwing with a single and the RBI. Cliff Floyd followed with an single, and Jason Phillips drove in the tying run with a hit of his own, both Floyd and Phillips moved up a base on the throw. After Mike Cameron walked to load the bases, Craig Brazell hit a chopper to the right side that should've caught Floyd at home on a force play. Mike Piazza fielded the ball cleanly but had trouble removing it from his glove, forcing him to look to first for the out instead of going home. Erickson was late to the bag to cover and Piazza's throw subsequently went awry, plating a fourth run and leaving runners on second and third. Raul Gonzalez then dealt the inning ending blow with a 3 run homer.

The rest of the game showcased some very impressive pitching. Mike Stanton and David Weathers each pitched an inning, Stanton pitching masterfully, striking out 2 hitters looking and gettingMike Piazza to ground out to line a one hopper to McEwing that took a nasty hop. McEwing corralled the ball and tossed out Piazza at first. Karim Garcia and Jesse Levis each touched Weathers for singles, but a nice running catch by Esix Snead robbed Victor Diaz for a second time and Weathers closed the inning unscathed.

Bob Keppel threw a terrific inning in between the two veteran relievers facing three hitters and inducing a ground ball from David Wright and a couple of weak popups.

Matt Peterson pitched a brilliant top of the fifth, getting Wayne Lydon to pop-up a bunt on the first pitch, freezing Kenny Kelly with a knee-buckling curveball to notch his lone K, and getting Rodney Nye to ground weakly to short.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Pat Strange was effectively wild and throwing hard. Despite a couple of deep counts, he faced the minimum 3 hitters, getting Cedeno and Prentice Redman, before ending the inning by striking out Danny Garcia looking.

Perhaps most impressive of the young pitchers was Jose Diaz, who was acquired from the Dodgers in the Burnitz trade last year. Diaz struck out the side allowing just one baserunner when he plunked Craig Brazell.

Jason Roach and PJ Bevis finished the afternoon with an inning each, allowing just a Roach walk of Shane Spencer between them. Craig Brazell showed no ill effects from the HBP the previous inning making a fine play to retire Karim Garcia, and Bevis struck out two hitters looking.

PHOTOS: K. Garcia, Hill, Ring, Sedlacek, Glavine, Strickland, M. Peterson, Roach, Ring, Kazmir, Stanton/Franco, Reyes, Matsui/Reyes(7), V. Diaz/J. Diaz, Wigginton, Zeile, Wigginton, Glavine, M. Piazza, Reyes, M. Piazza(2), Glavine/Jacobs, Floyd, M. Piazza(2), Seo, Cedeno(2), Duncan, Phillips, Cameron(2), M. Piazza(2), Mrs. Erickson, K. Garcia, K. Garcia/Wigginton, Jacobs, Erickson(2), Reyes, M. Peterson(5), Strange, Redman, Strange, Redman, D. Garcia, Strange, J. Diaz(3), Brazell, Wigginton, Wright, Roach, Wright, Levis, V. Diaz, Ragsdale, Snead(3), Lydon(2), Bevis, Huber

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