The Falcons were the antithesis of the Raptors on Wednesday night, pulling victory from the jaws of defeat in a 25-16 win over 2018 WMSPL Playoff Tournament Finalists Coulas.
Someone has to tell the Falcons that the game starts in the FIRST inning. This trend goes way back, and continued on Wednesday.The Falcons only sent four men to the plate in the top of the first, highlighted by Grahambo fouling out to the catcher in a PTSD-causing reminder of last year's playoffs, and a rarely seen GIDP by Goliath in which the batter didn't get out. Coulas broke out early, showing why they made their march to the Playoff Tournament Championship Final last season, scoring 9 in the bottom half, assisted in no small part by Teets' pitching. He couldn't find a groove in the early going, with everything either illegal or too short (this was also Poutine's assessment of the brothel in Lilliput). Going into the fourth inning, the Falcons were down 12-0 and things seemed bleak.
The top of the fourth inning was lead off by Steve "What's Practice" Tulk, making his first plate appearance of the game. First PA of the game. In the FOURTH inning. Would it kill this team to string together some hits before 10:00pm? But I digress... Anyway, The Incredible Tulk lead off with a single, and was the first of 8 straight Falcons to score a run. In the bottom half, the defence was able to shut down the Coulas offence 1-2-3.
The fifth inning is where the wheels fell off for Coulas, and the frustration they were showing on the infield was understandable. The Falcons have been in that same position, and it's not a good feeling. A 3-run jack by The Mattural followed immediately by a Porter by Goliath highlighted a 7-run fifth, and the Falcons didn't look back.
Two Home Runs In One Inning Watch: The last time a Falcon hit two home runs in one inning was August 29, 2012. When you have 14 men in the batting order, this seems unlikely.
Free Beer Watch: It's been since June 7, 2016. Two down, four to go!
Game Notes: Time to put Rich on the milk carton. The reason we put him on the milk carton is because we don't want any vegans looking for him... Player of the game goes to the Incredible Tulk, making an emotional return to the team and going 3-for-4 with 3 singles and an RBI on his first swings of the season... With the victory, the Falcons move into a tie with Broadway for first place in the President's Division... This is the third straight year the Falcons have opened the season with consecutive wins... Both Goliath and The Mattural were a triple short of the cycle.
2B: Dunner, Million Dollar Bill, Band Camp, Goliath, The Mattural
HR: The Mattural, Goliath
RBI: Goliath (5), The Mattural (5), SLF (2), Grahambo (2), Dr. J (2), Hobo (2), Poutine (2), Cowboy (2), Million Dollar Bill, The Incredible Tulk, Band Camp
DOUBLE PLAYS: None
BATTERS FACED: 45
STADIUM: K1 FIELD
ATTENDANCE: 1 (5% FULL) - % is based on regular season capacity (Falcons' side only)
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