Dinner had the game of a lifetime, driving in 10 (TEN!) runs as the Falcons scored 25+ for the second straight game in a 26-19 victory over George's Division member St. Louis Devils at K1 Stadium on Monday night.
The Falcons have now scored 56 runs over the last two games, however they've also allowed 44 over that same span. The bats are hot, the gloves are not, is what I'm saying. Does pitching have anything to do with this? Probably not, it's slo pitch.
The Devils busted out early, scoring two in the first and putting up a nine-spot in the second, almost completely due to the TWO grand slams given up by backup pitcher and 2012 Falcons MVP Seņior Sevens. Again, it's slo pitch. You can't blame pitching.
How would the Falcons respond to TWO grand slams? They trotted out newly buffed-up, slimmed-down, works-from-home-so-he-has-time-for-that-kind-of-crap SUPERSTAR Dinner. With the bases saturated with Falcons in the bottom of the second, up swagered Dinner and crushed an absolute no-doubter oppo-taco-style, to bring the team to within two of the somewhat-rediculously dressed Devils. (Seriously, who had final say on these shirts? Rayner? Just so they'd match his spiffy but nearly-as-rediculous pants?)
Anyway, back to Stud Of The Day: Dinner. Isn't Dinner just the best? He's my favourite. Just like smiling for Buddy the Elf, I can't get enough of Dinner. Riding high on his four-run jack in the second, he began prancing all over the outfield, making play after play. When he played left-centre, he made the play. When he went rogue and sauntered over to right field to rove, he made the play (except for that one screaming liner. No one could have got to that.) To cap off the defensive spectacle, he made a somewhat-more-complicated-than-routine catch that he topped off with what Gregg Zaun would call a "TV dive". If anyone had come to the game to watch, there would have been cheers.
The Falcons re-took the lead in the bottom of the third after putting up a snowman, but immediately gave it right back with a Devilish snowman of their own. Going into the bottom of the fourth down 19-17, the ever-reliable (but not nearly as studly as Dinner) Cash Man tied the game with a towering shot that nearly scored a field goal beyond the right field fence. Beaver followed that up with a double, and everyone's hero Dinner drove in the winning run with a CLUTCH single.
But he wasn't done yet. Six RBI weren't enough for El Presidente. The Falcons held the Devils to a doughnut in the top of the fifth. Up came Dinner in the bottom half, again with the sacks juiced, and ejaculated yet ANOTHER grand slam over the right field fence. Here's hoping Mrs. Dinner isn't too sore this morning after all the celebration.
The Falcons have now won two in a row, four away from free beer, and face a true test on Friday night going up against Dinner's Division rivals Xtreme and Hanet on K1 at 8:00 and K2 at 9:30, respectively.
Go Dinner. You da MAN, cool guy.
Game Notes: Bird went yard twice too, and was intentionally walked twice because of it, but he's no Dinner... We may have to begin calling him "One-Dimensional Dinner"... Perfect nights at the plate were enjoyed by Cash Man, Million Dollar Bill, and Les Freres Dunn... The gun works, I swear... Dinner's final line, and the new standard to which he will be held: 5 AB, 4 R, 5 H, 2B, 2 HR, 12 TB, 10 RBI
2B: Beaver (2), Goliath (2), Dinner, of course, Million Dollar Bill, Cash Man
HR: DINNER (2), Bird (2), Cash Man
RBI: DINNER (10), Bird (4), Cash Man (4), Beaver (2), Cincinnati Red Legs (2), SLF (2), Tank, Million Dollar Bill
DOUBLE PLAYS: None
BATTERS FACED: 43
STADIUM: K1 Stadium (Naming rights still available)
ATTENDANCE: 0 (0% FULL) - % is based on regular season capacity (Falcons' side only)
GAME TIME: 1:23
WEATHER: --°C, Overcast; Humidity --%; Wind --, -- km/h (weather data courtesy Environment Canada)
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