The triumphant return of our beloved sponsor, Chequebook, inspired the Falcons to tighten up the defence (but not by much), and hold the 2nd-ranked team in the WMSPL Power Rankings, the A's, to only 11 runs in a WMSPL mandated 85-minute time-limited matchup.
It sure looked like a pitchers' duel after the first inning because no one scored. The first inning was tight. Like size S undies when you wear XL tight. That tightness didn't last, as the waistband burst and I've lost all control of this analogy. Teets walked 3 batters in the top of the second, and none of them scored. Tony did, before all that happened, however, and the A's took a 1-0 lead. The Falcons responded in the bottom of two with 4 singles and a walk of their own, plating 3.
Slo-Pitch isn't Slo-Pitch without big innings, so the A's turned on the excitement in the top of the third, leading off with two straight walks. The non-existent crowd was non-plussed. They followed with 6 singles, and 6 runs later, the Falcons recorded the third out. For the Falcons, it wouldn't do if the A's came to the plate with the lead, so they put up a five-spot in the bottom of the third highlighted by a two-run dong by the Mattural (his league-leading 9th of 2018), and a 3-run slobber-knocker by Chequebook, his first. The Falcons lead, 8-7 going to the fourth.
The A's, sans Past President George, plated singles in the fourth and fifth, and added 2 in the sixth. The Falcons took back the lead in the bottom half of every inning in which they had lost the lead in the top half. It was back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, like Murphy, Tennant, and McWhirter in their rocking chair discussing how the Falcons are poised for a big season, but are still wusses. 42 ounce bats!
The A's re-took the lead AGAIN in the top of the seventh with a four-run inning, but ran right into the time limit while doing it. Why weren't they stopped, mid-inning, by the umpire per WMSPL rules? "My cell phone's dead," said blue. Falcons win in a time-shortened affair, and they didn't even have to resort to bunting to do it.
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: Might be time for another "watch" in the recap, as the Falcons ended an inning with two straight HR-outs... Pikachu reports that the Falcons' new duds are ready for pick-up and should be available for their doubleheader on Sunday... The Mattural's 10th dong of the season was a Porter, the next closest on the leaderboard has 5... The Mattural has also slowed his pace in driving in runs. He's currently on pace for merely 209... Scoring 22 runs seems to be a curse in the WMSPL. Three times this season teams have scored 22 runs (2 by the Falcons, once by the Rebels), all three times they've lost.
The Hot (Take) Corner: If you lead off an inning with a solo home run (a "Porter"), and it's the last dong your team can hit because it just put you up +2, you should be paying the pizza fine. Some thumb-suckers might argue that the knuckle-draggers who then hit moon-shots while up +2 should be paying the fine, but come on. The rule itself is dumb, but pounding a dinger with no one on should cost you $5.
Game Start Times, Ranked, per Hobo:
1. 8:00 PM ("But then the sun is RIGHT IN THE EYES of the first baseman," says SLF. "That's HIS problem," replies Hobo.
2. 6:30 PM
3. 9:30 PM
4. When someone steals your bindle
5. 5:00 PM
HR: The Mattural (2), Chequebook
HR-OUTS: Chequebook, Yeah Teets
RBI: The Mattural (4), Chequebook (3), SLF (2), Pikachu, Yeah Teets, Million Dollar Bill, Band Camp, Bruce Banner
PIZZAS: Hobo (1/3), Dr. J (1/3)
DOUBLE PLAYS: None.
BATTERS FACED: 40
STADIUM: K2 FIELD
ATTENDANCE: 0 (0% FULL) - % is based on regular season capacity (Falcons' side only)
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