For the second time in a week, Surge and the Falcons met on Sunday afternoon. And for the second time in a week, the Falcons came away with a decisive victory, this time defeating their division rival 20-8. The win keeps the Falcons in first place in the Vice President's division (for now...)
The biggest highlight of this game was Pikachu's at-bat when he lead off the second inning. If you weren't watching, and judging by the attendance you weren't, Pikachu took a base on balls for only the first time this season, and only the 8th time in his young Falcons career.
Uncharacteristically for the Falcons, they scored in the top of the first inning! A 3-spot, highlighted by a Miner Leaguer three-bagger, gave them an early lead. VERY characteristically of the Falcons, they gave it right back in the bottom half, and the game was tied at three after the first.
Time away from the same-old, same-old can change a man. Take Dunner for example. Many years ago, SLF started a very fashionable trend on the Falcons by wearing blue socks. Dunner, stuck in the rut he'd been in having been on the team forever before SLF showed up, shunned the blue socks as "stupid", and opting for black. Fast forward to Sunday's game, and here's Dunner: ball player. Short hemmed baseball pants (to which he credit's Dr J), a belt, and BLUE SOCKS, to match the rest of the team. Welcome back, rookie. Thanks for fitting in.
The Falcons bats really came alive in the top of the second. After the aforementioned walk to Pikachu, Bruce Banned knocked him in with his first triple of the season. Levi scored Banner on
what the scorecard describes as a groundout to the left fielder a single (thrown out trying to stretch it to a double), and Dunner followed that up with a selfish, selfish Porter. Dongs are precious, Dunner. (I kid because I love. Ask anyone)
Miner Leaguer doubled, Stevie B singled and Hobo cleaned them both off with his 11th dong of the season, FINALLY tying him for the team lead in homers with The Mattural (who hasn't played a game since MAY 30!)
Bruce Banner whiffed in the third, trying to replicate what he did in the second, ending a scoreless inning.
In the fourth, back on the sticks. Levi lead off with a selfish Porter of his own, and hits by Dunner and Hobo sandwiched a walk for Stevie B. Chequebook scored two with a double, and he was scored by an SLF single. Million Dollar Bill doubled, and he and SLF were cashed by Pikachu's single. After 4, the Falcons lead 16-5.
The Falcons D held, and only allowed 3 runs over the next 3 innings to close this one out.
Cycle Watch: Multiple near-cycles in this game!
Miner Leaguer started the game 3B, 2B, and was so excited by this accomplishment, he went F8, F8, F8 the rest of the game.
Dunner hit the aforementioned Porter in his first at-bat, singled, then hit his triple. He came up in the top of the sixth needing only a double to complete the cycle, but with the Falcons already up 20-5 at that point, he hit a single.
Hobo began his day grounding out, but blasted a mighty dong in PA #2. He followed that much like Dunner with a single then a triple. He lead off the 7th inning
grounding out to 2B with a base on balls.
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: The theme song for this Falcons season could be "I ran (so far away)" by A Flock Of Seagulls (no Bill, it isn't "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald"). So far in 2018 the Falcons have hit 36 triples, led by (*chokes*) Steve B with 8. The previous record for triples in a season was 25 in 2007... According to the stats page, the Falcons have scored 501 runs, but players have been given credit for 502 RBI... Speaking of stats and running, the Falcons are on pace to break their single season record for two-baggers (159, 2014). They're currently on pace for 172+... The Falcons remain undefeated in August.
The Hot (Take) Corner: Have you guys heard about all the terrible things Jon will put in his mouth? Get your mind out of the gutter. I'm talking about awful things like Smirnoff ice mixed with anything, Corona, and pizza that fell in the dirt ("There really wasn't that much dirt on it!") I think he lost his senses of taste and smell in some unfortunate bottle rocket accident. It all tastes like Styrofoam to him.
Things that have happened since Pikachu last saw ball four on August 13, 2017, ranked:
1. The bat catch!
2. The Admirals won it all.
3. Chad hit for the cycle.
4. Teets got fired from coaching the Falcons.
5. Charlotte broke her leg.
6. Ontario became #fordnation
7. Storm won their second straight WMSPL Playoff Tournament
2B: Chequebook (2), Levi, Stevie B, Million Dollar Bill, Miner Leaguer, SLF
3B: Miner Leaguer, Dunner, Hobo, Bruce Banner
HR: Hobo, Dunner, Levi
RBI: Hobo (6), Pikachu (3), Levi (2), Stevie B (2), Chequebook (2), Dunner (2), SLF (2), Bruce Banner
PIZZAS: Bruce Banner (3/3), Teets (1/3), Miner Leaguer (1/3)
DOUBLE PLAYS: Miner Leaguer-Stevie B
BATTERS FACED: 36
STADIUM: K2 FIELD
ATTENDANCE: 7 (35% FULL) - % is based on regular season capacity (Falcons' side only)
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My 7th inning at bat was actually a walk, no ground out on that one.
Colin's out at 2nd base should be scored a single, followed by a TOOTBLAN.
Posted by: Hobo
I'll fix it later... or maybe not at all. We'll see.
Posted by: SLF
It all balances out in the end, but we want to make sure there is no fuzzy accounting on the "More RBI's than Hits" watch for Colin.
Posted by: Hobo
Yeah don’t mess with my rbi/hit ratio.
Especially since I can do it on other teams.
Ie. last nights Bollocks, drawing my first ever walk while bases loaded.
Posted by: Levi
Sean "I like playing for a team where I don't have to worry about finding spares" Dunn has launched 2 HR in 2 games as Falcon.
His HRPG (Home Run Per Game) is phenomenal.
Far superior to the .806 HRPG of perennial league MVP candidate and current League HR leader Joseph Pilkey. (I'm assuming he hasn't missed a single game - because I know Duran Spray hasn't!)
Is Sean Dunn the best player in WMSPL right now??
I didn't even know he was playing in WMSPL to be honest.
Is this #FakeNews?
Since nobody attends Falcons games, nobody is able to verify if Sean Dunn is actually playing for the Falcons. I for one, believe that it's someone masquerading as Sean Dunn (ie. Chris Dunn or Lloyd Mosby)
Perhaps some of the most astute QAnon supporters can tear themselves away from "deep state" conspiracy theories and dedicate a little time to solving this important mystery.
Dougothy Casino has already started building WMSPL tournament odds and lines. Sean "the REAL WMSPL MVP" Dunn being active for the playoffs is going to cause a major recalculation with the Falcons win probability climbing from 6.5 % to 19.9%
Posted by: The Notorious D.O.U.G.
Gotta agree with Doug here. Nobody attends Falcons games... except the players on the roster.
Posted by: SLF
SLF can't even get his family of 20 to show up... unless it's pizza day.
Posted by: Hobo
For those who don't know him, here's a fantastic pic of the Notorious D.O.U.G.:
Dougie, if you made more Admirals games, you'd know I was back with the team that discovered you! :-P
Anyway, I urge all of you to enjoy the Notorious' slo-pitch related posts while you can, as this recent line posted at his esteemed Casino strongly indicates he'll be stepping away from slo-pitch to play more golf:
Does Doug Short play for Admirals in 2019
YES (+950) Bet $10 to win $95
NO (-1000) Bet $100 to win $10
Which could certainly lead one to assume he'll be spending more time trolling golf-related sites. :(
Posted by: Dunner