The 2011 Men’s Major World Series kicks off here at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Central Florida with a contest between Combat/Pharmapar and Team 454. The wind was blowing in hard from left field and the skies were getting dark which posed a problem for the outfielders and home run hitters throughout the game. Team 454 took an early lead putting 4 runs up on the board after Combat/Pharmapar opened the game with zero runs.
After 3 innings of play, Combat/Pharmapar inched along putting up solo runs in both the top of the 2nd and 3rd innings, but Team 454 kept their lead of 6-2 after putting up 2 runs in the bottom of the second. Luc Chauvette walked in top of the 4th with 2 outs to load the bases for Derek Warren that could have given Combat/Pharmapar their chance to take their first lead of the game. Warren hit a long shot into right field, but Griffen came up with the catch to retire the inning.
In top of the 5th Sal Formosa hit the left field gap and hustled around the bases for an inside the park homerun, cutting the score to just a 2 run deficit: 6-4. Bubba Mack answered in bottom of the 5th with a single homerun and the rest of Team 454 followed by putting 2 more runs up on the board making the score 9-4.The bats stayed hot for Team 454 in bottom of the 6th including a triple by Mitch Mabe and a 2 run homer by Philip White building their lead to 16-4 off 8 hits. Team 454 finished with a 16-6 win for their first game of the tournament.
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