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assignment It's Raining Beer, Hallelujah!!

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to drink free beer..." reads the inscription on the Statue of Liberty. And so, after more than three years of thirst, the Falcons finally, FINALLY, won their sixth straight game and suckled the golden nectar of the gods, gratis.

"WHERE'S MAH FREE TALL-BOYS?!?" exclaimed Hobo after the game, a 29-14 victory over IG Wealth. Even without the big and consistent bats of Goliath, and to a lesser extent (HA) Poutine, the Falcons overcame giving up 4 in the top of the first inning to IG to plate a dozen runs.

After the third inning in the early game of the Sunday doubleheader, a realization came over the Falcons dugout. "DON'T TALK ABOUT IT" was the advice given... no one want to jinx it. The Falcons entered their game against Storm having won 4 straight, and would have to sweep the doubleheader to crack some free cold ones at 11:00 PM. The Falcons had to work to avoid becoming over confident, especially since no lead is safe in a Storm game, and the late game was an hour away.

After the Falcons dispatched Storm (but before the late game), more in-depth discussions began. SLF, the Falcons' Chief Superstitionist, did his best to nip any talk of free beer in the bud, to no avail. He was worried that the Falcons would get complacent, looking PAST a formidable IG Wealth squad, who had just beaten fellow President's Division rival Broadway in their opener. And after allowing a four-spot to the visitors in the top of the first, one couldn't be blamed for feeling a sense of foreboding.

But the Falcons' bats picked up right where they left off, scoring twelve, to take an eight run lead into the second. IG, undeterred, came right back, scoring 3, and holding the home side to a singleton in the bottom of two.

IG kept chipping away, picking up another run in the third inning to close the deficit to only 5, a pittance in Crotchety Old Man Slo Pitch.

But on this night, dear reader, nothing was going to keep the Falcons from leaving Million Dollar Bill's cooler looking like Poutine after an 18-hour layover at McCarran International Airport. The Falcons scored 16 over the next three innings. IG was never going to give up, scoring 5 in the top of the fifth, and continuing into the top of the sixth. They put up 7 quick runs before the WMSPL-mandated 85-minute time limit ended their comeback dreams.

The Falcons have won six straight games. They've now won 10 of their last 11 games, a streak that includes two victories over Storm and one each over the A's and Broadway. With only five games remaining in the regular season, the Falcons sit only a game behind the A's for the #2 seed in the playoffs. The Falcons also have a game in hand.

Hold onto your butts, the last three weeks of the season are going to be interesting.

Two Home Runs In One Inning Watch: The last time a Falcon hit two home runs in one inning was June 14, 2019.

Two Triples In One Inning Watch: The last time a Falcon hit two triples in one inning was June 11, 2019.

Free Beer Watch: It's been since August 18, 2019!!!.

Game notes: Despite the ominous fog rolling in, Dunner refused to do his "Thriller" dance... With only 5 games to go in the regular season, it's time to really begin thinking about your votes for MVP and MSP.

BOXSCORE

BATTING:
2B: Cowboy (2), Dunner (2), Hobo
3B: Dance Dad
HR: The Mattural (2), King Grahambo, Band Camp
HR-OUTS: Band Camp, King Grahambo (I think?)
RBI: Cowboy (5), King Grahambo (4), Dance Dad (4), Band Camp (3), Million Dollar Bill (3), The Mattural (3), Levi (3), Dunner (2), SLF, Miner Leaguer

FIELDING:
DOUBLE PLAYS: I think there was one, but that might have been in the Storm game.

PITCHING:
BATTERS FACED: ?

GAME INFORMATION:
STADIUM: K1 FIELD
ATTENDANCE: 1 (5% FULL) - % is based on regular season capacity (Falcons' side only)

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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Final
IG Wealth 4 3 1 1 5 X X 14
Falcons 12 1 6 5 5 X X 29
Tags: win, ig wealth, free beer
Posted on: Tuesday August 20th, 2019 at 9:20AM
assignment Falcons Win Fifth Straight

The Falcons rode one big inning to a 29-16 win over President's Division leading Storm in game one of their Sunday night doubleheader.

With rain falling, the Falcons took the field for the top of the first, hoping to shut down Storm's potent offence. Well, that didn't happen. Like a machine, Storm went to work: Single, single, Joey dinger. Single, single, Lance dinger. Six batters up, six runs in before the Falcons could record a single out. Three hits later, Storm had added another run and lead 7-0 before the Falcons had even seen a pitch. Game over after half an inning, right?

Storm: Scores seven runs in the top of the first.
Falcons: "Hold my beer..."

Three of the first five Falcons batters hit doubles, scoring two. Then, in a theme that would present itself in a big way later, the Falcons scored 4 more with two out. Home runs by Teets and Dunner (first swing with the new bat!) mopped up hits by The Mattural and Miner Leaguer and after one, the game was tied at sevens.

Ever confident, Storm plated two more in the top of the second inning to re-take the lead, and held the Falcons scoreless in the bottom half.

The Falcons retired the first two Storm batters in the top of the third, but a Rene double was followed by an RBI single by Brad, and Storm had a three-run lead. It was the last they would hold it.

Million Dollar Bill lead off the bottom of the third, popping out to a mysteriously clean-shaven Joey at short. King Grahambo followed that up with a $5 FK, and it looked like the Storm took the wind out of the Falcons sails, like they'd done so many times before.

Not this time.

Band Camp socked a double, and scored on The Mattural's RBI single. Teets hit his second two-run blast of the game, and the Falcons had some momentum. The Falcons hit two triples and a boatload of singles, and when it was all said and done, all but three Falcons had batted twice in the bottom of the third inning and they'd scored 17 runs.

The Falcons have been in the situation where they've given up a butt-ton of runs, only to come up in the next inning and go three-up, three-down, so the Falcons could empathize when that very thing happened to Storm. The Falcons held Storm to seven batters over the fourth and fifth innings, and even Joey began booting balls. Storm pulled it together in the sixth and seventh, scoring three runs in each, but it wasn't enough.

Two Home Runs In One Inning Watch: The last time a Falcon hit two home runs in one inning was June 14, 2019.

Two Triples In One Inning Watch: The last time a Falcon hit two triples in one inning was June 11, 2019.

Free Beer Watch: It's been since June 7, 2016. FIVE in a row!

Game notes: Scoring 17 runs with two outs eclipses the previous Falcons record of 12, set "two years ago", per Leon, but I can't find it... The 17-run third inning for the Falcons was enough to win on its own... Dunner was a single away from the cycle. How can you not get the single?!?... Dance Dad's first at-bat, where he flailed wildly at three straight pitches (after taking the first one), was a valuable lesson for him. He learned quickly, though, pounding out solid singles the rest of the game... The Falcons' five game winning streak is their longest of the season.

BOXSCORE

BATTING:
2B: SLF (2), King Grahambo (2), Miner Leaguer (2), Cowboy, Dunner, The Mattural, Million Dollar Bill, Band Camp, Hobo
3B: SLF, Dunner
HR: Teets (2), Dunner, King Grahambo
MDBHR: None
RBI: Teets (4), Dunner (4), SLF (4), Million Dollar Bill (3), King Grahambo (3), Levi (3), Cowboy (2), The Mattural (2), Miner Leaguer (2), Band Camp (2)

FIELDING:
DOUBLE PLAYS: None

PITCHING:
BATTERS FACED: 44

GAME INFORMATION:
STADIUM: K2 FIELD
ATTENDANCE: 2 (10% FULL) - % is based on regular season capacity (Falcons' side only)

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Boxscore:

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Final
Storm 7 2 1 0 0 3 3 16
Falcons 7 0 17 4 0 1 X 29
Tags: win, storm
Posted on: Monday August 19th, 2019 at 10:35AM
chat_bubble 2019 WMSPL Power Rankings - Week 15



The end of the regular season is fast approaching, and with it the WMSPL Playoff Tournament, the crown jewel of the league (even though it's WAY WAY harder to win a division than either tournament, but I digress). In this week's rankings, keep an eye out to see how often (or infrequently) each team has celebrated under the champagne shower.

The week started off simply spectacularly, if you're any team but Storm: The A's pummeled the 4-time defending President's Division champs, scoring 39 runs in only 4 innings. The A's were investigated by CAS after that spanking. The A's are clearly making the statement that they HAVE NOT conceded the division just yet, despite the odds clearly not being in their favour to catch the leaders.

#1. A'S
(4-0-0 This Week; 23-9-0 Overall; 2nd in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 5)

WMSPL PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: 2013, 1995
PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: -
VICE PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2003, 1995


After having been dropped to 5th in last weeks rankings, the A's got mad, obviously. They've been playing like a dog on fire lately (yes, I know the expression is 'house on fire', but dog on fire is definitively funnier), having won their last 5 games. They've scored A HUNDRED AND TWO runs in their last FOUR games, 40% of that coming against last week's #1 team, Storm. They're 4 games back of the #1 playoff seed and their very first ever President's Division Championship.



#2. FALCONS
(2-0-0 This Week; 20-10-1 Overall; 4th in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 3)


WMSPL PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: 1983
PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2014, 2011, 2010
VICE PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2018, 1998


The Falcons have won 8 of their last 9 games, with a frustrating loss right in the creamy middle to prevent a free beer night. They trail Storm by 7 games in the loss column with 7 games to play, so their best hope is to land the #2 seed going into the playoffs. The picture will become far clearer after their doubleheader this coming Sunday when they host Storm and IG Wealth.



#3. BROADWAY
(1-1-0 This Week; 21-9-1 Overall; 3rd in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 2)

WMSPL PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: 2015, 1999, 1993
PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: -
VICE PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2015, 2004


Broadway took a hard loss to the Falcons on Sunday, but rebounded nicely against Hanet on Tuesday. The A's have kicked them out of the driver's seat for the #2 playoff seed, so with only seven games to go they'll need a good, long winning streak to get it back.



#4. REBELS
(2-1-0 This Week; 19-12-1 Overall; 5th in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 4)

WMSPL PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: 2018, 2004, 2003, 1992, 1991
PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2005, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1993, 1992
VICE PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2007


The Rebels are getting back to their (surprisingly) historic winning ways! Who knew they were such a decorated franchise? The Rebels, that's who. Six-time President's Division champs, five-time playoff champs. They started the week with wins over Coulas and IG Wealth, but took a step back on Monday, relying on call-ups and losing to Re/Max. They're still very much in the hunt for a Friday night bye in the playoff tournament.



#5. STORM
(1-1-0 This Week; 26-3-1 Overall; 1st in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 1)

WMSPL PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: 2017, 2016, 1994, 1986
PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2009, 2007, 1995, 1984
VICE PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2012


You give up 39 runs in one game, you drop in the power rankings. Storm still sits comfortably in the driver's seat for the President's Division title, which will be their sixth this decade, tying them for the most President's Division championships in one calendar-decade with Hanet, who also won six titles in the 90's.



#6. BREW CREW
(2-2-0 This Week; 16-16-0 Overall; 1st in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 6)

WMSPL PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: 2014, 1998, 1997
PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2012
VICE PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2014, 2008, 1996


The WMSPL's Even-Stevens went 2-2 this week to keep their overall record at .500, still good enough a too-close-for-comfort 1.5 game lead in the Vice President's Division over Re/Max. My prediction is that if they maintain this .500 record over the last four weeks of the season, it'll be enough for the division title.



#7. RE/MAX CROSSROADS
(2-0-0 This Week; 13-16-2 Overall; 2nd in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 9)


WMSPL PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: 2011, 1990
PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2004
VICE PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2016, 2001


Re/Max, content to watch Hanet slip down the standings, are the eager recipients of 2nd place in the Vice President's Division! And like any sex move that requires a trapeze, this position won't be easy to maintain without some work. Their lead over Hanet is only a half-game, and Hanet has a game in hand.



#8. HANET PLASTICS
(1-3-0 This Week; 12-16-2 Overall; 3rd in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 8)

WMSPL PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: 2012
PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 1998, 1997, 1996, 1994, 1991, 1990
VICE PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2011, 2006


Hanet only won one of their 4 games this week, and even then it was by default. Hanet is absolutely the team that screams "Regular season doesn't matter now, like it did in the 90's! Everyone makes the playoffs!", then, they wreck the dreams of multiple teams in the tournament.



#9. IG WEALTH
(1-2-0 This Week; 10-18-2 Overall; 6th in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 7)

WMSPL PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: 2010, 2002, 2001, 1984
PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2008, 2002, 2001, 1985, 1984
VICE PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2017, 2010


IG Wealth lost two games this week by default.



#10. COULAS BONE CRUSHERS
(1-3 This Week; 9-23-0 Overall; Tied for 4th in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 12)


WMSPL PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: 2009, 1989, 1988, 1985
PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 1989, 1988, 1987
VICE PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2013, 2005


Coulas has lost 14 of their last 16 games.



#11. SURGE
(0-3-0 This Week; 4-27-0 Overall; 6th in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 11)


WMSPL PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: 2000
PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: -
VICE PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2000

Surge averaged more than 15 runs per game this week, but had the misfortune to step in front of the A's runaway truck twice. At least they showed up.



#12. GREENTHUMB
(1-2-0 This Week; 7-21-2 Overall; Tied for 4th in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 11)

WMSPL PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2006
VICE PRESIDENT'S DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 2009, 2002


Greenthumb split their doubleheader on Sunday, but unfortunately couldn't find 6 rostered players to play on Tuesday.





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Posted on: Friday August 16th, 2019 at 7:42AM
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Tags: slf, bat catch
Posted on: Wednesday August 14th, 2019 at 7:30AM
assignment Falcons Win President’s Division Showdown

In the midst of a President’s division race for key playoff seeding that will likely go down to the wire, the Falcons prevailed over Broadway on Sunday night, 19-11.

With SLF gone missing on another weekend game, the Hobo-led Falcons lineup went to work in the 1st—9 consecutive batters hit singles, doubles and a sac fly to stake the visitors to an early 7-0 lead. After two early outs to RF, an 8-man Broadway squad hit 5 straight singles of their own, cutting the lead to 7-3.

In the 2nd, a Band Camp double scored 1 and, after a Miner Leaguer single, King Grahambo brought them all home on a 3-run shot to left—a feat he would oh so casually repeat in the 4th. On an 0-2 pitch, Cowboy added a new-dad-strength Porter to dead centre to add to the Falcons comfy-but-never-really-safe 16-5 lead heading into the 5th inning.

Broadway put the pressure back on with a string of hits and a 3-run bomb by Shane to get within striking distance heading into the bottom of the 7th, down 19-11. The last time the Falcons held a late lead against Broadway, they were up 19-12 with 3 outs to go and almost crapped their white knickers with royal blue piping, hanging on for dear life to win by 1. Could Broadway make another run and pull a win out of the Falcons’ sweaty clutches?

After two early singles, the answer was… maybe! But maybe they also got tired from their batters having to bat twice as often as a near-full Falcons’ squad; a grounder and a couple of deep fly balls later spelled the end of the game and an early start to the cooler.

Two Home Runs In One Inning Watch: The last time a Falcon hit two home runs in one inning was June 14, 2019.

Two Triples In One Inning Watch: The last time a Falcon hit two triples in one inning was June 11, 2019.

Free Beer Watch: It's been since June 7, 2016.

Game notes: The Mattural’s “I’m not hitting so good” stat line: 4/4 with 2 doubles and a ribbie... Grahambo’s 2 dingers gives him the team lead with 12... Given the tight race for 2nd place, no one would blame the A’s for rebuffing Broadway’s request to add a spare from their roster, but more likely they were off to celebrate after posting 39 runs on a Storm squad that was otherwise averaging <10 runs allowed/game... Like my OCD neighbor taking care of his lawn, Million Dollar Bill continues to rake all day, notching his first triple of the year… With the win, the Falcons eclipse their win total vs top division teams from 2018... The Falcons will play Broadway one more time to end the regular season in Sept.

BOXSCORE

BATTING:
2B: Cowboy (2), The Mattural (2), Band Camp (2), Hobo, King Grahambo
3B: Million Dollar Bill
HR: King Grahambo (2), Cowboy
MDBHRs: None
RBI: King Grahambo (6), Cowboy (3), Million Dollar Bill (2), Miner Leaguer, Dunner, The Mattural, Poutine, Teets, Dance Dad, Band Camp, Dr J

FIELDING:
DOUBLE PLAYS: None

PITCHING:
BATTERS FACED: 44

GAME INFORMATION:
STADIUM: K1 FIELD
ATTENDANCE: 0 (0% FULL) - % is based on regular season capacity (Falcons' side only)


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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Final
Falcons 7 5 1 3 1 1 1 19
Broadway 3 2 0 0 4 2 0 11
Tags: win, broadway, grahambo, cowboy
Posted on: Monday August 12th, 2019 at 10:44AM
chat_bubble 2019 WMSPL Power Rankings - Week 14



We're back after a week off. Have something to say about the rankings? Leave it in the comments section!


#1. STORM
(1-0-0 This Week; 25-2-1 Overall; 1st in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 3)


Storm moves back into the top spot in the rankings, and not because they've necessarily improved on their performance. I mean, how can you do better than winning ALL THE TIME? Well, I mean, you could start scoring 40 runs per game... Storm has won 4 straight since their pool party related defeat to the hated Falcons. Their next four are against the A's, Brew Crew, Broadway and the Falcons again. It'll be impressive if they can sweep this next block of games. Storm's magic number for a league championship is 5, which means they could clinch as early as mid-August.



#2. BROADWAY
(1-0-0 This Week; 20-8-1 Overall; 2nd in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 1)


Broadway drops a spot after losing to Surge, even though they "bounced back" with a default victory over the cottage-dwelling Re/Max. With less than 10 games to go and a five-and-a-half-game deficit to make up on the division-leading Storm, the hopes of a division crown are fading fast. At this point, best to focus on getting the #2 seed for the playoffs, and games against #9 and #12 that go along with it.



#3. FALCONS
(1-0-0 This Week; 18-10-1 Overall; 4th in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 4)


The Falcons blew through Surge this week, and are 5-1 in their last 6, their only blemish being a tail-end-of-the-double-header loss to the Rebels, to whom they've lost 3 of 4 this year. With a division crown virtually out of reach, and a place in the President's Division in 2020 nearly locked in, the Falcons don't have much to play for in the last 9 games. Maybe they can throw in a free beer night if they can win their next 4?



#4. REBELS
(0-1-0 This Week; 17-11-1 Overall; 5th in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 5)


The Rebels also have very little hope of a division title, so they're playing for the questionable advantage of a Friday night "bye" in the playoff tournament by finishing in the top 4 in the overall standings.



#5. A'S
(1-0-0 This Week; 19-9-0 Overall; 3rd in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 2)


The A's have played merely .500 ball over their last 6 games, and that's good enough for a three-spot drop in the rankings. They're 6.5 games behind Storm for the division, so their best outcome seems to be if they can catch Broadway for the #2 seed.



#6. BREW CREW
(0-1-0 This Week; 14-14-0 Overall; 1st in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 6)


Brew Crew holds a slim 1-game lead over Hanet to cash a division championship cheque. They'll play each other on Sunday night on K2... why not stick around to see the fireworks?



#7. IG WEALTH
(1-0-0 This Week; 9-15-2 Overall; 6th in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 8)


The Iggies are on a dismal 1-5 run, but won this week. They'll spend 2020 in the Vice President's Division, it's nearly certain.



#8. HANET PLASTICS
(1-0-0 This Week; 11-13-2 Overall; 2nd in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 7)


Hanet remains lying in wait until minor ball season is over and all the baseball dads on their team can return and dominate the competition. They're only a game back of division-leading Brew Crew, ready to blow through their remaining games and cash a division winner's cheque.



#9. RE/MAX CROSSROADS
(0-1-0 This Week; 11-16-2 Overall; 3rd in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 9)


Another week, another default loss for Re/Max.



#10. GREENTHUMB
(0-1 This Week; 6-19-2 Overall; Tied for 4th in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 11)


Greenthumb moves up a spot this week, but really only because Coulas is really, really going through a tough stretch. Greenthumb is 1-5 in their last 6, and is fighting to stay out of a date with Storm in the round robin portion of the playoff tournament.



#11. SURGE
(0-1-0 This Week; 4-24-0 Overall; 6th in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 12)


Surge moves up a spot, but unlike Greenthumb, they've earned it with a .500 record over their last 6 games. Surge is finally playing ball like they're capable of, instead of the oh-for-thefirsthalfoftheseason bad luck they encountered. Surge will spoil someone's playoff tournament.



#12. COULAS BONE CRUSHERS
(0-1-0 This Week; 7-20-0 Overall; Tied for 4th in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 10)


Coulas drops two spots, thanks to an eleven games losing streak. It seems their premature 2020 pick-a-friend hasn't payed the immediate dividend they were looking for.



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Posted on: Friday August 9th, 2019 at 8:11AM
assignment Falcons Cap Off Long Weekend With Win

Two big innings gave the Falcons a big 27-15 win over the all-of-a-sudden hot Surge on holiday Monday night.

Surge entered this game on a hot streak: they'd won three of their last five games, and had nearly beaten the Falcons in their previous meeting. The Falcons, on the other hand, had many questions:

Would Poutine, who self-reported that he'd turned his calf into veal, be able to play? If he played, would he be able to run? As it turns out, this question was moot: he hit 3 singles and a grand slam (in front of his kids, who can use this memory to offset all the other stuff they've seen their father do), and running wasn't an issue.

Would Big Cat play? After the Falcons' obligatory milk carton post went live, Big Cat informed the team that he would, in fact, "be back". He promptly signed out of Monday's game. Then he signed back in. Then he played! Big Cat went 2-for-2 with a walk.

Will Jon "Gun Jumper" Paquin EVER learn? Since taking over as "coach" (guy who writes the batting order and defence), Hobo has habitually sent out a motivational email around 2:00 PM every game day to inform the squad of their worth to the team as shown by their place in the batting order and how many innings they'll play defensively. On several game days this year, though, that email has preceded a player or five signing out of that night's game long before the 4:00 PM sign-out deadline. Monday was such a day. Hobo's email went out, and The Mattural promptly signed out. Then he emailed to say he's in. Maybe. Depends on traffic. Then Big Cat signed back in. Time will tell if, in the future, he'll wait until after the sign-out deadline.

The batting order was out of the ordinary for the Falcons. New dad and potential father-to-be Cowboy was knocked way down the batting order, hitting ninth, thanks to his .429 OBP performance over the last two weeks. This gave SLF (a perfect 1.000 OBP over that same two-week span, mostly thanks to missing 3 of the 4 games during that time) a nostalgic turn at the lead off spot. Even more surprising was seeing Million Dollar Bill in the cleanup spot. Prior to Monday, Billy had gone 13-for-14 with two big dongs (a quarter of the Falcons' overall output) in 4 games.

And since this new order didn't have the stench of the SLF taint on it, the Falcons, after holding Surge to a singleton in their first trip to the plate, scored 4 to take an early lead.

Surge scored two in the top of the second and with solid defence held the Falcons to a delicious doughnut in the bottom half to keep the game very close. They then tied it up in the top of the third. Seven singles and a couple fielder's choices lead up to Dance Dad's two-run triple, and when the dust settled, the Falcons had scored eight.

Undeterred, Surge sprang right back into action. The bottom of the order loaded the bases and turned over the line-up, leading to Caleb's grand slam, a mighty blast over the left-centrefield wall. All told, they scored five in the top of the fourth to cut their deficit to 12-9. The Falcons started the bottom half with two quick pop-outs, but managed to gird their tender, tender loins and score 4 two-out runs to extend the lead. After four, the Falcons lead 16-9.

Surge was not going to take this lying down, and brought the noise in the top of the fifth with their second consecutive 5-run inning, highlighted by Sab's rare-as-a-unicorn two-bagger. The wheels fell off for Surge after that, when they allowed the Falcons to bat around for an 11-run bottom of the fifth, four of those runs coming on Poutine's grand slam. Surge scored 1 in the sixth, and it was Miller time.

Two Home Runs In One Inning Watch: The last time a Falcon hit two home runs in one inning was June 14, 2019.

Two Triples In One Inning Watch: The last time a Falcon hit two triples in one inning was June 11, 2019.

Free Beer Watch: It's been since June 7, 2016.

Game notes: How old is too old to watch Paw Patrol over the shoulder of a five-year-old?... Can't get the attention of your dad as he's going up to the plate? Call him by his first name... Word on the street is, the WMSPL Power Rankings have a non-Falcons following... In his last 4 games, Dr J is hitting .769 (10-for-13) with two doubles and 9 RBI.

BOXSCORE

BATTING:
2B: SLF (2), Dr J, Cowboy, The Mattural, Levi
3B: Dance Dad
HR: King Grahambo, Poutine
MDBHRs: None
RBI: Poutine (6)(!), The Mattural (4), Dr J (3), Cowboy (3), King Grahambo (3), Levi (2), Dance Dad (2), Million Dollar Bill, Big Cat, SLF, Dunner

FIELDING:
DOUBLE PLAYS: Million Dollar Bill-King Grahambo-Teets to end the game

PITCHING:
BATTERS FACED: 41

GAME INFORMATION:
STADIUM: K1 FIELD
ATTENDANCE: 6 (30% FULL) - % is based on regular season capacity (Falcons' side only)


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Boxscore:

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Final
Surge 1 2 1 5 5 1 X 15
Falcons 4 0 8 4 11 X X 27
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