assignment 😬, But Falcons Win Fourth Straight
Tuesday 9:30PM June 21st, 2022The Falcons are two thirds of the way to free beer after squeaking out a win by the narrowest of margins against the the expansion Expos on Tuesday. the 20-19 nail-biter puts the Falcons at 6-3 on the season, tied for third, 2.5 games behind the A's for the President's Division lead.
The Falcons started this game predictably, if you've been paying even the least bit of attention over the last decade or so. The winless Expos, who certainly play way above their record, would on paper seem like an easy task for the Falcons to dispatch. And of course it was that the Falcons began the top of the first inning with three giant farts and went three-up, three-down. Stop me if you've seen this movie before, but after that absolute dumpster fire of a top of the first, the Expos scored five times to take a strong lead after one.
Undeterred, the visitors began chipping away, though you'd be forgiven for thinking this line up was smeared with the SLF taint, because the offence was overwhelmingly stagnant in the early-going. Goliath led off the top of two with a walk, and was scored by a massive Beatty Blast (that stayed fair). Miner Leaguer followed with a triple, and was subsequently stranded by SLF who, as has become routine lately, dribbled out to the pitcher. Leaguer scored Million Dollar Bill's single that followed. The Expos added to their lead in the bottom half with a string of a walk and a couple hits to add one.
The third inning saw the top of the Falcons' order's chance to redeem themselves after falling on their face in their first at-bats. Cowboy's double was scored on Barry Guerrero Jr's single, and Barry himself scored on Goliath's home run that went as far vertically as it did horizontally. That tied the game, but the Expos were having none of it. Their lead-off single to start the bottom of the third was erased by a fielder's choice, and perpetual onion in the Falcons' ointment Tyler Gardinder's dinger scored two, to re-take the lead.
Goliath's moonshot in the third must have acted as the bat signal, because the Falcons' bats finally arrived in the fourth inning. Seven straight hits highlighted by Dunner's bases-loaded three-bagger scored the maximum six runs without recording an out. But the Expos were absolutely not willing to just let the Falcons run away with it. They tied it right back up in the bottom half scoring 4.
But back came the Falcons in the fifth: Beatty led off with a double and immediately needed a courtesy runner, a recliner and an oxygen tank. SLF doubled and was scored by Million Dollar Bill's 2RBI single. Dr J walked and was moved to third by Ace of Base's double. With two ducks on, Cowboy flared one to right field that skipped past the outfielder and allowed him an inside-the-park home run (the legit kind!), a fact that would come into play in just a few minutes. Barry Guerrero Jr doubled and was scored by Goliath to put a cap on a seven-run fifth to give the visitors a 19-12 lead.
And the Expos responded! Tyler hit a solo blast, the Expos 4th home run of the day (as compared to the Falcons' two... inside-the-park jobs don't count towards a team's HR count as it applies to the +2 rule). A single by Kevin followed, then a walk by Mike. Derek singled, and that was followed by two consecutive bases on balls issued by emergency pitcher Million Dollar Bill to load the bases for Cristian, who struck out for the second out of the inning. Undeterred, Sean, rocking a #99 jersey, strode to the plate and hit a no-doubter over the left field fence to give the Expos the lead! Or so they thought...
Newest Falcons hero Homie, keeping a pro scorecard, as a pro does, spoke up. Amid the Expos celebration she "shouted" to the ump "Uh, that doesn't count! They're up plus-two!". After confirming with the umpire (who had to deliver the bad news that inside-the-park homers don't count towards a team's total) to the Expos bench, the inning ended on a massive let-down for the home side. And they still didn't give up.
The Falcons pushed across an insurance run they'd eventually badly need in the top of the sixth. With the WMSPL-mandated 85-minute time limit rapidly approaching, the Expos gave it one last shot. They began the bottom of the sixth with six hits sandwiching a fielder's choice to score four and get within one. Million Dollar Bill induced a couple fly-outs to end it.
Game notes: Cowboy missed hitting for the cycle because he didn't hit a triple. Beatty also missed hitting for the cycle because asking him to hit a triple was as if you asked him to give birth... Looking ahead to Friday's rain-out makeup date against Triple Play, the Falcons have enough players signed out to put the free beer milestone in serious jeopardy.
2B: Cowboy (2), Beatty, Ace of Base, Million Dollar Bill, SLF, Barry Guerrero Jr
3B: Dunner (!), Miner Leaguer
HR: Beatty, Cowboy (IP), Goliath
RBI: Cowboy (4), Goliath (4), Dunner (3), Million Dollar Bill (3), Beatty (2), Ace of Base (2), Barry Guerrero Jr, Dr J
DOUBLE PLAYS: None
BATTERS FACED: 46
STADIUM: K2 FIELD
ATTENDANCE: 3 (15% FULL) - % is based on regular season capacity (Falcons' side only)
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At The Plate
|arrow_rightBill:||🔥 4 for 4|
|arrow_rightDavid:||🔥 3 for 3 + BB|
|arrow_rightSteve:||4 for 5|
|arrow_rightRyan:||3 for 4|
|arrow_rightBarry:||3 for 4|
|arrow_rightColin:||3 for 4|
|arrow_rightSteve: $15 for NSO||👍 $15|
|arrow_rightChad: $5 for FK||$5|
|arrow_rightJeremy: $5 for SR3B||$5|
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