In any case, Satch made it out to the field by the 5th inning to watch a little, play a little, and leave early. Not my finest moment, but it was great to be out again, and an amazing day, weather-wise to boot. From what I could gather the game had been a fairly close affair until we got there, and then as Mrs. Paige, Lil' Satch and I sat and ate our burgers from Bills place (they make a good burger) we watched the home team tally at least 6 runs. It was line drive city. The only good thing was that it gave me enough time to change in to my uniform so I was ready to head out for the top of the 6th.
Noah, was hurling for the visitors, and was taking it on the chin, as he does. Brian Phelps went 6 strong for the homers and was in the groove, helped by a strong defense and corner nibbling. As I entered, the pitchers changed, and Sean came in for the visitors and slammed the big door. I saw at least 6 strike outs in 3 innings...it must be the hockey hair.
Tony came in for the homers and was looking strong, but we managed to score a few runs off him, and make the game at least in striking distance. It was 9-1 when I came in, and maybe 9-5 when I left, someone else will need to fill in the blanks. Great to see everyone!
* Sean was on fire, caught at least three people looking at strike 3!
* Mitch started with a new bat, K'd twice, went back to Krakatoa and got a double. Sweet.
* The pink mothers day bat was a hit with the team, we are all comfortable with our masculinity
* Nick Smith almost killed Sean on a come backer, reigniting the BBCOR debate
* A great relay from right field got DJ Greg at the plate, with a sweeping tag by Bob. Unfortunately it got DJ in the nose, but he was alright after a minute or two.
* Rich got the long foul ball award....again
* A near collision and dropped ball helped our rally, more than once.....
* Noah called for and caught a ball in right. He was camped out under it and no one was within 100 feet of him. But he called it....
* A lot of line drives, which is always nice to see
* Bob sez, "Baseball and sunshine are good for babies." Thanks Bob, now can you call my wife and tell her that every week?
* I didn't strike out, a plus after being gone for three weeks, I didn't get a hit either.
* We are all thankful to see Milo Sedawi back in healthy form, and falling down again.
* Mitch had a great unassisted double play at second. Which I am was grateful for, as there was no way I was going to get to second before the runner did. Here's a picture so you can see I had no chance.....
* The usual near calamities of overthrown balls at first during warm ups. Maybe we should switch dugouts, or create a DMZ where you can't stand?
* I got an RBI on a pickoff play at first where no one was paying attention
* The oblique feels better, but I am going to stay away from the mound for a while still, just to make sure.
AOY Brian Phelps had these gems to report:
* Play of the game- Duane made a crazy Jeter-eque play on a ball in the hole and got the runner (was it Tim?) by a step when everyone thought the play was not going to be made. Dwayne has never played SS before this season and has quickly picked it up.
* The sun at West Sunset has become an part of the game. Lots of players with eye-black on this week.
* After the whole BBCOR talk, I did notice a bunch more wood being used.
* JT continues to battle at the plate and get base hits.
* Snyder encouraged me to use my side arm fastball in pre-game. Used it a lot and was happy with the results. We even talked about a side arm slider, but it was ugly in warm-ups. Didn't use it all game until a 2 strike count vs Mitch and it worked perfectly! Mitch switched bats next AB and smoked one.
* And yes we need a DMZ. Not that I would know from experience, but have 5 guys standing behind the first baseman might cause for a distraction on who to throw to. But as a lefty, my opinion on the infield shouldn't count.
Please send me additional information on what I missed!
Here's some pictures from Jimmy (he seems to have a thing for pictures of Sean....)