Sunday 5:00PM August 13th, 2017Broadway built up an ELEVEN RUN lead, blew it, regained the lead, and bunted their way to a 25-20 victory over the Falcons on Pizza Sunday afternoon.
This game had the potential to be a game for the ages, save for how it ended. Broadway came out swinging and scored 3 in the top of the first. The Falcons answered with one of their own in the bottom half. Another 3-spot for Broadway in the second and a 10-run third gave the visitors a commanding lead, and ate a lot of the 85-minute game clock.
The Falcons scored 4 in the second, and two in the third to come within 11 of the leaders. A delicious doughnut in the fourth, and things looked bleak.
But that's when the Falcons bats woke. In the fifth inning, the Falcons sent 17 men to the plate, of which 13 scored. A controversial call on Bruce Banner's inning-ending 2-run scoring double put a stop to the action, but not before J-Paq went deep for a 3-run shot. Doubles by the Thompson Twins and the aforementioned Banner highlighted the inning.
The clock is the enemy. The Falcons' 13 run fifth gave them a 20-18 lead and father time was kicking them in the nuts. Broadway scored their first 7 batters of the sixth inning, and decided to strategically put an end to the top of the sixth, hoping for a quick bottom half to prevent reversion should the clock strike midnight.
In a move no one on the home side, not even in the stands, had ever seen, Broadway ended the inning on the next 3 pitches. The President of the league, the face of the league, started the show by SQUARING TO BUNT on the first pitch of his at-bat, and to put an exclamation point on it, after bunting the ball (he's out), he stepped on home plate just to make sure there was no doubt. The next batter (the top of the order), after some impressive gymnastics to actually make contact, performed the same feat. Batter number 3 TRIED to bunt, but only managed to hit a foul ball with his top hand half-way up the bat. He swung at it, of this there is no doubt, and the ball hit him while in the batter's box. That's a foul ball. But the umpire apparently decided that if your top hand isn't touching your bottom hand while holding the bat, anything you do after that is "bunting". The batter was called out, and the Falcons went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the sixth to end it.
The comments section is where you talk about "sportsmanship".
Two Home Runs In One Inning Watch: The last time a Falcon hit two home runs in one inning was August 29, 2012.
Game Notes: Bruce Banner, after getting trash-talked by his kid after grounding out to the first-baseman in his first at-bat, sure showed that punk what's what with 4 RBI... L-Paq paid off a record pizza fine after the game ($110!!)... The long standing rule of "last to arrive at the park on pizza night fetches the pizza" does not, apparently, apply to the son of the sponsor, as Pikachu was outta there on the first thing smoking after the game... The Falcons may later regret not sending the whole team out for handshakes after the game (sportsmanship, after all)... Friday's alumni night, though poorly attended, was washed out with the games. God, it appears, does not want former Falcons to see this year's mess... Could we see Steam Whistle appear in the Falcons cooler? Stick around after a game to find out!
2B: Sr. Thompson (2), Pikachu, Yeah Teets, Million Dollar Bill, Bruce Banner
RBI: Bruce Banner (4), SLF (3), Yeah Teets (3), J-Paq (3), Dr. J (2), Million Dollar Bill (2), Miner Leaguer (2), Sr. Thompson
PIZZAS: L-Paq (5/3)
DOUBLE PLAYS: If we had one, put it in the comments
STADIUM: K1 FIELD
ATTENDANCE: 17 (85% FULL) - % is based on regular season capacity (Falcons' side only)
WEATHER: 24.1°C, Sunny; Humidity 47%; Wind S, 21 km/h (weather data courtesy @wc_oshawa)
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They are just bitter that they are sponsored by a car wash "business". I mean, if a group 16 year old girls running fundraisers for their ringette team can setup shop and run you out of town at any time you would be crusty too.
Posted by: Jonathon Paquin
One double play: Dr J - Jr Jenkins (4-3 line out/tag out)
Hope L-Paq got to take home whatever leftover non-fruit pizza there was, given he honoured the entire contribution on his ledger... wow.
Posted by: Jerome V
Could the group of 16 year old female fundraisers beat the Falcons in a game of slo-pitch?
This well regarded book maker says YES.
Mainly because Mike "When Does My Contract With the Falcons Expire" Lebreque would be so overcome with a case of the "giggles" that he would bat 0 for 6 with a WHIP of 3.00 and ERA of 54.00.
I'm SHIPPING Poutine and the Reverse Admirals
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