Tuesday, June 25, 2013

6/20/13 SQ Giants vs. MBC

Very bummed I couldn't make this game, but it is good to let other people have a chance....sounds like it was a real barn burner...

We were ten at the gate, half the team waiting patiently, the other half stuck in looky loo traffic on [the] 101. Ed. note- This is a subtle joke, please let us know if you don't get it.  Our escort was late anyhow, he showed up at 5. Just prior to arriving we learned that Greg was unavailable, making my decision to go back to my house to grab the cup I forgot an inspired one.

The gate master refused bags over 14 inches and only allowed 4 bats. (I did manage to finagle the catchers bag in laden with helmets.) He also refused to let us donate a dozen baseballs, yet this stickler for rules forgot to make us sign in at the outer gate. Ed. note Sounds about right.

There was much confusion when we got in because we had no Greg, putting me at catcher, no Chris, so Will eventually was put at short, leaving Elvin at third, with an outfield of Matt Stone, Daniel, and Loren. Those decisions took our entire walk in and warm up period, Doc then pointed to people saying numbers for our lineup. About 30 seconds after being pointed at, Duane was in the box leading off the game.

On the hill for the Home team was a guy in Romo high socks who has the S.L.O.W.E.S.T. windup. Some of us thought we have seen him before, others disagreed.  Sean Paul took the ball for the visitors.
Sean grazed the uniform of the leadoff batter (yes, Sean, it hit him) and gave up a long home run to the catcher (who Bernie Leaned on the plate), but otherwise it was a smooth inning. We tied it at 2 the next inning with a single, 3 walks and a ground out. We added a run on another ground out, giving us a lead for 2 innings or so.

Sean pitched a great game without a curve ball for much of the 7 innings. Zero runs in the 2, 3, 4, and 6th innings. The bottom of fifth inning was different. A lead off seeing eye double onto the right field blacktop lead to a run on a Sac Fly to left (Stone almost got the guy at the plate). Then a ball was hit two feet foul to right that both umpires called fair scoring the home teams' fourth run. With two outs Sean induced a pop up to right, but the wind gusts, which were mighty, blew it away from Loren, but too far for McGrath and Duane to get, scoring another making the score 5-3.

With fifteen minutes before the home team had to be indoors, we played hurry up. We were shut down in the top of the 6th. Sean made quick work of the Giants in the bottom half. Loren singled with 2 outs in the top of the 7th, but I struck out swinging at a pitch over my head to end it.


*Elvin made some key plays at third.

*The umpires were pretty good, save for the fair/foul thing in the 5th.

*The scorekeeper wasn't giving us our hits until the outfielders protested.

*We pulled off a deke on a first and third steal. I threw the ball to Sean as the first-base runner broke. The third-base runner bought it and came home. Of course, instead of getting in a pickle, he headed straight home and bowled me over. Ed. Note- Mental Note, all those who choose to catch in SQ, they do this a lot... they aren't like us when it comes to sparing the player for the good of the game...and anyway, bowling over the catcher is their right as a ball player.

*Doc made it in for coaching and support.

*If not for traffic, we may have gotten in 9 innings.

*Why, of the 4 bats we could bring, did we choose 4 34"s and one 32"? Ed. note- That is five bats, something in this reporting is fishy, what is Mr Sidawi not telling us?

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