With only four games remaining in their season, and coming into the game on a league-best 7-game winning streak, the Falcons completely crapped their pants in front of a ton of fans, losing to an 8-man A's squad who only had 6 A's. (If you have less than 9 of your own players, the league only allows you to play with nine TOTAL players)
The A's entered the game with a slim half-game lead over the streaking Falcons, and needed a win to maintain their position in the driver's seat for the WMSPL Playoff Tournament's coveted 2-seed. They called upon the services of Broadway's Shawn Jimmo and Trevor Jean-Louis, who raked. Between the two, they went 6-for-10 with 3 doubles and a home run, scoring 5 runs and knocking in six. George, Shawn and Trevor obviously had some kind of reciprocating agreement between themselves, as George went on to play for Broadway in the 6:30 game.
And win, they did! Despite giving up a 3-spot to the visitors in the top of the first, they chipped away in the bottom half, scoing one. The Falcons, smelling blood, put up four more in the top of the second inning, not realizing that the blood they were smelling was their own, emanating from a bullet hole from having unwittingly shot themselves in the foot.
The A's kept at it, scoring four of their own in the bottom of the second, and pretty much shutting the Falcons' offence down the rest of the way. The A's put up crooked numbers in every inning after the first, and allowed the Falcons only singletons in the third and seventh innings to secure what appeared to be an easy victory.
Here's where the Falcons stand: with the loss, they fall a game-and-a-half behind the A's for the 2-seed. They'll need a miracle to catch up, as the A's have Coulas, Re/Max and a playing-for-nothing Storm to end their season, and the Falcons need them to lose them all. Fat chance.
After 35 games, the Falcons and Broadway share identical 23-11-1 records (including identical 8-10-1 records versus the President's Division and 15-1 records against the VPs). The battle for the 3-seed will likely come down to the final day of the season on September 8, as the Falcons host Broadway on K2 at 5:00. The loser of that game will likely enter the playoffs as the 4-seed.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves. The Falcons are back at it on Monday night, travelling to the musical land of the Brew Crew. The Brew Crew needs a win to keep a comfortable cushion over the completely-predictably-late-surging Hanets for the lead in the Vice President's division.
Two Home Runs In One Inning Watch: The last time a Falcon hit two home runs in one inning was June 14, 2019.
Two Triples In One Inning Watch: The last time a Falcon hit two triples in one inning was June 11, 2019.
Free Beer Watch: It's been since August 18, 2019.
Game notes: King Grahambo's batting average, despite his 2-for-4 performance, slipped below .700 for the season. He still leads, among eligible Falcons... Cowboy, whose family probably wasn't locked in the back yard, left right after the game without eating... The Falcons' magic number for securing a top-4 seed for the playoff tournament is 1... Maybe it's time to amend the rule that says call-ups can't pitch to also include playing shortstop?
2B: Cowboy (3), King Grahambo, Miner Leaguer
HR-OUTS: For the A's, George!
RBI: Cowboy (3), King Grahambo (3), Million Dollar Bill, Levi, Miner Leaguer
DOUBLE PLAYS: King Grahambo-Dance Dad-Band Camp
BATTERS FACED: 42
STADIUM: K2 FIELD
ATTENDANCE: 17 (85% FULL) - % is based on regular season capacity (Falcons' side only)
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Hard to say which rule is worse, home run outs or call-ups. Probably call-ups, at least home run outs take some skill, and not all teams abuse the call-up rule.
Posted by: Hobo
I never understood why a call up cannot be a pitcher. It's slopitch and not hardball. I think a really good shortstop is more valuable than a guy that can somewhat consistently throw a ball underhand and hit the board and make some defensive plays.
Posted by: Teets
C'mon Ash, don't you know the team and league MVP's are always the pitcher?? It's NEVER the shortstop...
Posted by: Hobo