For the second straight game, Hobo made the line up. For the second straight game, it payed dividends. Highlighted by a 3-run shot by Dunner, the Falcons scored 4 runs in the first inning on route to a 21-6 win over the 2019 WMSPL Playoff Tournament champion Rebels on Friday night. The win was the Falcons' 4th straight to start the season.
Often you'll see, right after a coaching change at the professional level, a victory for the team who has just hired the new guy. There are typically a couple of reasons for this: 1. The players can get amped up for change, no matter how meaningless, and 2. Coaching changes are usually made right before the team plays some patsy team, thus nearly guaranteeing the new guy of a victory in his debut. Whatever the reason (and it wasn't the patsy one, because the Falcons first game with the new "coach Hobo" was Hanet, followed by the Rebels), the Falcons jumped out to a 4-2 lead after the first inning. In the top half, Rebels lead off hitter Dan crushed a Teets meat ball the other way for a lead off triple, explaining that the Rebels have a championship to defend. Indeed they do. But the Falcons, hungry for that same championship they haven't tasted since 1983 (seriously), weren't going to bow down to such greatness. Cowboy lead off the bottom half with his first two-bagger of the season, but couldn't score on Goliath's follow-up single. No matter: Dunner stepped up, parking a no-doubter over the centre field fence for a 3-run shot, his second in as many games. Miner Leaguer, making his 2019 debut, followed up with a double, and was immediately cashed by Hobo.
The historically porous Falcons defence was at their best this evening, holding the defending champs to delicious doughnuts until the 6th inning where Dan, yet again, went oppo for a bases-clearing 3-run triple. Miner Leaguer is happy this team doesn't keep track of errors.
The Falcons scored eight runs in the third inning, two of which came on the team's first triple of the season, courtesy of SLF. Solid, timely hitting came in the innings that followed, and the Falcons ended up with 21 runs.
Two Home Runs In One Inning Watch: The last time a Falcon hit two home runs in one inning was August 29, 2012.
Free Beer Watch: It's been since June 7, 2016. Can the Falcons continue the streak? Free beer is looming for Monday if they can get past the Rebels again on Sunday.
Game Notes: Next week's pizza night will be well stocked, thanks to last minute no-shows The Mattural and Band Camp... Mark your calendars for this coming Sunday, when we'll have a dance-off to determine the REAL "DanceDad", after Levi's audition in the fourth inning. After drifting into the outfield on a pop-up, Levi flourished beautifully after making the catch... It's hard enough to SPELL "collapsed trachea", never mind suffering one and continuing on in the same inning. Props to Dr J for toughing it out... Cowboy has started is 2019 campaign 11-for-11, dwarfing The Mattural's pathetic .818/.818/1.364 slash line. How long can he keep it up?... SLF was a home run short of the cycle.
2B: Miner Leaguer (2), The Incredible Tulk, Goliath, SLF, Cowboy
HR: Dunner, Teets
RBI: Dunner (6)(!), Hobo (4), Teets (3), The Incredible Tulk (2), SLF (2), Million Dollar Bill, Miner Leaguer, Levi
DOUBLE PLAYS: None
BATTERS FACED: 30
STADIUM: K1 FIELD
ATTENDANCE: 7 (35% FULL) - % is based on regular season capacity (Falcons' side only)
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I believe we turned 2 double plays just waiting for the highlights on Sports Centre to confirm.
Posted by: Big Cat
Correct... 4-6-3 in the 7th and MDB turned another one somewhere... can’t remember much due to throat punch concussion.
Was Poutine’s sweet irony pizza fine b/c he incorrectly predicted any more K’s from Big Cat?
Posted by: Dr. J
Should jeff and Matt get fined? They both reached me before the game started.
Posted by: Hobo
Let's ask ourselves: WWJD (what would Junior do)? The point of the fine, as I understand it, is to not leave your team high and dry before a game. Yes, we had lots of guys last night. But email or texts less an hour before first pitch does not allow enough time for the team to pick up a player to field a team. Pou's fine is for an apparent GIDP, and if not, for his crack about "load management".
Posted by: SLF
We've never fined for late notification, only for none. I do not think a fine is warranted We have fined for consistently arriving within 5 minutes of game time.
Posted by: Teets