The Falcons offence showed up early, but fizzled late. The Hanet offence was consistent and potent when it counted. Hanet's 10-run sixth was the difference in a 24-18 victory over the now not-undefeated Falcons in game 2 of Sunday's early doubleheader.
In game 1, the SLF-tainted line up couldn't get anything going early, but won it late. That, historically, has been the legacy of the SLF-tainted line up. In game 2, though, history did an about-face.
The Falcons exploded out of the gate, scoring the maximum six runs in the top of the first, capped off by Brett Bichette's first dinger of the year. His three-run shot, of which only two counted, was a mighty blast over the centre field wall. Until then, the Falcons had recorded but a single out. Hanet kept it close, scoring 3 in the bottom half.
In the second, four more Falcons crossed the home plate safe line, though maybe it should have been five? Umpiring is hard, and as we've seen with our share of umps rooted next to the catcher all game, sometimes frustrating. But the ump for these two games was active, and engaged. A missed call here and there (on both sides), will have to be tollerated. Hanet's offence wouldn't go away, and after two, the Falcons held a slim 10-7 lead.
Going into the sixth inning, the Falcons were up 15-14. These Hanet games are ALWAYS like this. The Mattural's second mighty dinger of the game scored all three runs of the inning for the Falcons, and they held a fragile 18-14 lead after five-and-a-half innings.
And then it all fell apart. A lead off walk to the bazzillion-year-old pitcher by Poutine set the table, and the top of Hanet's offence cleared it. Repeatedly. Going into the bottom of the sixth, the Falcons were up +2 in home runs, and Hanet took advantage: they hit FIVE dingers (the fifth of which ended the inning mercifully), and scored ten runs. Poutine walked George AGAIN in the inning. The walks weren't all that consequential, but we're definitely not going to let it go: Pou walked the pitcher twice in one inning.
Game Notes: The SLF-as-lead-off-hitter experiment has ended in failure, as it was always going to... With the fam in attendance to cheer him on, The Mattural shined. He hit two three-run bombs, and his kids saw neither... Hanet's attempt to use a sixth courtesy runner was thwarted by ace scorekeeper Mrs SLF, who is so much more than a shitty hitter's wife... The loss resets the free beer counter... Should players on other teams keep their noses in their own affairs? Creeping existed before social media.
HR: The Mattural (2), Grahambo, Dunner, Brett Bichette
RBI: The Mattural (7)(!), Grahambo (4), Dunner (3), Brett Bichette (2), Miner Leaguer, Poutine
DOUBLE PLAYS: Poutine-The Mattural-Barry Guerrero Jr-New Mike, Poutine-Grahambo-Million Dollar Bill
BATTERS FACED: 49(!)
STADIUM: K2 FIELD
ATTENDANCE: 7 (35% FULL) - % is based on regular season capacity (Falcons' side only)
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